Hey, Hey Malay Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code : GTBS
  • Trip length : 13 days
  • Trip starts in : Singapore
  • Trip ends in : Bangkok
  • Maximum group size : maximum 16
  • Ages: 18-39
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: 11 nights hotel, 1 night sleeper train
  • Transport: Aircon bus, ferry, local bus, longboat, mini-van, taxi

highlights1

  • Sightseeing: Heritage Trail walking tour of Georgetown in Penang; Cameron Highlands; Kuala Lumpur including Merdeka Square, Lake Gardens, National Monument and the old railway station; 15th century port town of Malacca - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque, Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple and Baba Nonya Museum
  • Stay in rafthouses on the Cheo Lan Lake for a night
  • Two days relaxing in secluded Ao Nang, with accommodation in comfortable, fan-cooled guesthouses
  • Free time to explore Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, hill town of Tanah Rata and Penang
  • Overnight sleeper train from Surat Thani to Bangkok

Hunt down the best dumpling in Singapore, hang in pretty-cat Malacca, get your laksa on in Kuala Lumpur and trek through the Cameron Highlands, then swing over to Thailand and kick back in Ao Nang, stay on a raft house in Khao Sok National Park and finish up in Bangkok.  If this trip was a dish it would taste like Singapore’s chilli crab. Hot enough to keep you on your toes with a whopping great serve of beachy vibe on the side.

daily-itinerary1

Day
1

Singapore

Welcome to Singapore!With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene and one of the world's best airports, it's not hard to see why Singapore acts as a launching (and finishing) point for many of our Asian odysseys.From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Imaginative Travellers adventure.Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting in the evening of Day 1.You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards.If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend.We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception.We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
2

Malacca

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. A public bus journey (approx. 5.5 hrs) takes us to the World Heritage-listed port town of Melaka. An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and cultural heritage. Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
3-4

Kuala Lumpur

Transfer by local bus to Kuala Lumpur (approx 2.5 hrs).Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is affectionately known as KL and you'll almost always hear locals refer to it by its acronym. Communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people mingle peacefully, allowing travellers to get the best of all three worlds.Our hotel is right amongst the night markets and hawker stalls of the famous Petaling Street in Chinatown and is a great place to explore this ever changing city.While here make sure to grab a map and explore the many walkable areas in KL. Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle with the latest shopping and just a short stroll to Menara Tower (entry fee applies). You might like to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the head over to the Lakes Gardens to visit the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Mosque before the fascinating Orang Asli Museum. Get up early to get your tickets to the second-tallest buildings in the world? Ask your Leader how the system works!The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting among the stalls of the famous Petaling Street Chinatown Night Markets.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
5

Cameron Highlands

Travel by minivan to the dramatic and beautiful Cameron Highlands (approx 4 hrs).The Cameron Highlands were a favourite getaway of the colonial British - a place of tranquillity and beauty to escape the humidity of the jungles.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
6-7

Penang

Today we leave our beautiful countryside and travel onto Penang. Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown. Penang Island was the first destination of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others from all over Asia, to live on this island in the tropics.Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship. Our accommodation is located in the heart of historical Georgetown.Twin share with private facilities and whilst our hotel is basic it is a great base for exploring the temples, mosques and museums of Penang. Some sights worth mentioning are: at night, don't miss the local food stalls that set up along many of Penang's streets. This island is famous for its food, thanks to the many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for centuries. Be sure to try a refreshing ice kacang (a dessert made with crushed ice, syrup and a mixture of jellies, nuts and sweet beans), or a hearty nasi kandar (a dish of steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). Check out Kek Lok Sii Temple (the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia), Khoo Kongsi (amazingly ornate and one of the oldest clan houses in Malaysia), Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui). If you want more of the beach or want a unique Penang experience, grab a Taxi over to Batu Ferringhi or take the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
8-9

Krabi

Today is a long travel day by mini van as we say goodbye to Malaysia and head for Thailand, going via Krabi and on to Ao Nang.We cross the border at Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint) / Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus.With powdery white-sand beaches, limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters and jaw-dropping scenery both in and out of the water, Krabi is a slice of paradise.A lively beachside town in Krabi Province, Ao Nang has a main street with restaurants, shops and bars, and is close to many idyllic islands.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
10-12

Khao Sok National Park - Raft House

Khao Sok National Park is simply breathtaking.Dense rainforests hide a myriad of exotic animals and plants, whilst some of the many walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls and alongside the expansive lake.There are two seasons in Khao Sok National Park, the 'dry' season and the 'rainy' season. The dry season is from November until April, and the rainy season from May to October when most of the rain falls.Be aware that all the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season and harmless leeches are abundant, however the scenery is beautifully lush and green. Each of the seasons has its charms and its difficulties.There are plenty of options to consider such as, tackling one of the park walking trails looking out for local wildlife hiding amongst the forest or taking a tour to the stunning nearby lake Cheow Lan.Board an overnight train to Bangkok (approx 13 hrs). Our train is basic but comfortable - air-conditioned, sleeping in bunks with shared facilities.

Accommodation: Hotel, Sleep train

Day
13

Bangkok

Arriving early in the morning, we make our way to our hotel in Banglamphu.Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage? Please note this trip finishes at approximately midday. Please do not book International flights until the afternoon if you are planning to leave Bangkok on this day.

included1

  • Expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Heritage Trail walking tour of Georgetown in Penang; Cameron Highlands; Kuala Lumpur including Merdeka Square, Lake Gardens, National Monument and the old railway station; 15th century port town of Malacca - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque, Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple and Baba Nonya Museum
  • Stay in rafthouses on the Cheo Lan Lake for a night
  • Two days relaxing in secluded Ao Nang, with accommodation in comfortable, fan-cooled guesthouses
  • Free time to explore Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, hill town of Tanah Rata and Penang
  • Overnight sleeper train from Surat Thani to Bangkok

optional-extrasWe have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok by Bike - USD$45.00
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery - USD$60.00
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Tuk Tuk Experience - USD$40.00
  • Bangkok - Urban Adventures- Temple & River of Kings - USD$65.00

not-included1International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

tripgrade1

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-39 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos

visa1A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

medical-preparation1

We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

Money1

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
 
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

 responsible-travel1

Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-informationItinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

 

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