Hey, Hey Malay Trip Notes

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Trip code : GTBS
Trip valid from : 09/02/2014
Trip valid until : 31/12/2015
Trip length : 13
Trip starts in : Singapore
Trip ends in : Bangkok
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Bond with your local guide in Thailand
  • 15th Century port town of Malacca
  • Get active in Ao Nang, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang
  • Waterside restaurants in Singapore

Hunt down the best dumpling in Singapore, hang in pretty-cat Malacca, get your laksa on in Kuala Lumpur, trek through and love on the Cameron Highlands, swing over to Thailand and kick back in Ao Nang, stay in 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.

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Day
1

Singapore

Loosen your belt buckle and head to our pick for Singapore’s best dumpling, Paradise Dynasty on Level 4 of Ion Orchard. If you find better, let us know. We'll take any excuse to head back to Singapore.Arrive in SingaporeAttend a pre-tour briefing at 6pmHead out to explore this modern city Visit Chinatown, Boat Quay, as well as the Merlion statue - the half-fish, half-lion icon that became the symbol of Singapore

Day
2

Malacca

Over the years, Malacca has been ruled by a sultan, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Japanese. We’re not sure who was responsible for introducing the colourful trishaws with their lights, decorations and musical horns - but we salute you.Head north to 15th-Century port town of Malacca (Melaka)Stay in the heart of the old town, in an old Baba homeTake a walking tour through the ancient streetsVisit a variety of temples such as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi TempleStop by the Baba Nonya Museum, which showcases the history of the Straits Chinese immigrantsPerhaps hire a rickshaw and explore the intriguing Chinese side streets in free time

Day
3-4

Kuala Lumpur

We’re staying in the heart of Chinatown so follow your nose to the best dumplings, laksa and chilli pan mee in town. Take a two-hour bus journey to Kuala Lumpur (which means ‘Muddy Confluence’)Enjoy time to experience the diversity of old and new MalaysiaStroll through the renowned markets and perhaps grab something to eat from a hawker stallPerhaps take a ride up the elevators of the 421 metre tall Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)

Day
5

Cameron Highlands

Time for a quick round of Name That Roadkill on a bus through the highlands. Once you’ve arrived, you can take a trek, explore a green tea plantation or just tuck into some scones at Ye Olde Smokehouse.Continue to the Cameron HighlandsTravel through a wide variety of scenery from the flat lowlands up through mountainous terrainArrive at the scenic hill town of Tanah RataChoose from many optional activities such as a trekking, visiting the green tea plantations that have made this region famous or just relaxing in ‘Ye Olde Smokehouse’

Day
6-7

Penang

Today’s challenge – see if you can find the hawker stall on Kimberley St where Lean Joo Sean has been selling char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles) since 1954. You can’t miss his white chef’s hat and queues of hungry punters. Day 7Head into Malaysia and towards PenangArrive in Georgetown, the largest town on the island, in the eveningDay 8Enjoy a walking tour of Georgetown, following the Heritage TrailVisit Fort Cornwallis and the Penang Museum, a small eclectic collection showcasing the various culturesEnjoy free time to discover the colourful markets, old temples and historic Chinese clan houses of GeorgetownPerhaps catch the bus to Batu Ferringhi BeachBe sure to hunt down a street stall in Little India and buy cheap snacks such as samosas or pakoras Take an optional evening rickshaw ride to Gurney Drive and dine at one of the many hawker food stalls – local specialities include char kway teow, Penang prawn mee (noodles) and laksa

Day
8-9

Ao Nang

We cross the border at Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint) / Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus.Time to get active. Take a day visiting the amazing islands in the south of Thailand or if you’ve slipped into extreme holiday mode, we’ll also accept “turning the pages of a book”.Spend two days in Ao Nang appreciating the peace and tranquillityKick back, relax and swim in the warm waters of this hidden tropical paradiseSpend a full day exploring some of Thailand's famous local islands

Day
10-12

Khao Sok National Park - Raft House

The floating rafthouses on Cheo Lan Lake are literally on the water. So when we say “lake views” we’re not mucking around. Also, that’s not an alarm clock; it’s just a friendly gibbon reminding you to wake up for our jungle walk.Travel on board a longtail boat through Cheo Lan lake through the limestone cliffs and lush jungleEnjoy a night where you are literally floating on the lake, if you need to cool off just in the lake from your raftYour wake up call will just be the friendly gibbon, unfortunately no snooze button.It’s an overnight train ride from Surat Thani to Bangkok, so dig out that deck of cards you threw into your backpack at the last minute. Just paid for itself.

Day
13

Bangkok

The tour ends on arrival in Bangkok.

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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.

trip-grade

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 18-35 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.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • Expert English-speaking local tour guide 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.

not-included

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.

meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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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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