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  • Sample the street food of Bangkok.
  • Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo.
  • Hike through rice terraces.
  • Sample java from its namesake island.
The Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring tour starts in Bangkok and ends in Kuta. The Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring is a Hiking tour that takes 27 days taking you from Bangkok to Kuta and through other destinations in Asia.

Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java – this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches, and gaze out across the "sea of sand" to Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation, and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.
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Arrive at any time.
The city has so many options for sightseeing, those who arrive early will have plenty to fill the day. The best way to get around Bangkok is by water taxi, as the streets are often crowded with traffic. From the Chao Phraya River, enjoy an excellent view of the vast metropolis.

Consider taking a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok—the life that goes on along these canals seems like a different world. Visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha and consider getting a traditional Thai massage here at the school in the temple. If not at Wat Pho, be sure to get a massage at one of the many spas near the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Bangkok Centre Hotel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. Option to visit Wat Po, the Grand Palace and Bangkok's many markets. Overnight train to Surat Thani.
Opt to visit Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, or arrange a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. Enjoy some free time ahead of boarding the sleeper train to Surat Thani, the gateway to the south.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Street Food Crawl
    Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 12.0 hr - 13.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Optional Activities
  • Grand Palace Visit
    Visit the King’s official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • Klong Riverboat Tour
    Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.
  • Wat Po Visit

    This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
  • Royal Barge Museum
    Located along the Chao Phraya River, the museum is home to many ceremonial barges. The barges are only used for special occasions so this is a chance to catch a rare glimpse of their ornate decorations and symbolic features.
  • Thai Massage
Travel to lush Khao Sok. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.
Accommodation
  • Khao Sok Rainforest Resort (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Tubing
    Grab a tube and enjoy how the locals like to beat the heat - by floating down the river!
Take a ferry to Ko Samui and explore the island's beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.
Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a tropical retreat: white-sand beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Dvaree Diva Avenue Samui (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking
    Get into a kayak and paddle away for a new perspective on this area.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Cooking Class
  • Ko Samui Island Tour
    Visit the iconic sites of the Big Buddha Temple and the intricately designed Chinese temple. Then take a trip to the south coast of the island to see the unusual and amusing Grandmother and Grandfather rock before taking in the more scenic views from the island view point, visiting majestic waterfalls along the way.
  • Water Skiing
    Experience the thrill of water skiing and glide on water as you are pulled along by a motorboat.
  • Ko Samui Boat Tour
    Take in the beauty of the island from the water, passing the magnificent Big Buddha Temple among other many other sights. Visit Swallows Nest Island and Green Peace island, where you can opt to snorkel or relax on the shore.
Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park. Take in the views and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Dvaree Diva Avenue Samui (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Ang Thong Marine Park Island Hopping Tour
    Take in the gorgeous panorama of this marine park on an island hopping tour. Made up of 42 islands, Ang Thong National Park is known for its incredible biodiversity. Swim in the park's clear waters, photograph the lush islands rising out of the sea, and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.
Gear up for a long day of travel. Ferry back to the mainland and continue by private vehicle to cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient".
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Thailand - Malaysia)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Full day in Penang.
Optional Activities
  • Penang Peranakan Museum Visit
    Learn about the Peranakans (also known as the Babas and Nyonyas), the Chinese community that made their home in the Straits Settlements and developed unique customs that incorporated Malay and British influences in their cuisine and language. Tour the museum, a recreated home of a rich Baba, to see displays of more than 1,000 antique pieces and architectural design – of special note is the staircase, dining room, and parlour.
  • Penang Hill Visit
    Visit this colonial hill station for a great escape from the city’s heat and beautiful views of Georgetown from one of its seven hills. The highest is Western Hill, which stands at 833m (2,723ft) above sea level. Discover tropical plants, like the carnivorous pitcher plant, and catch a glimpse of the dusky leaf monkeys or the greater racket-tailed drongo, which is a local bird.
  • Khoo Kongsi Visit
    Visit one of the grandest clan houses in Malaysia, built by the Chinese Khoo Kongsi clan more than 100 years ago it operated much like a self-governing village. As a sign of wealth, the house was built in an ornate fashion with elaborate Chinese architecture.
  • Indian Street Visit
    Enjoy a visit to charming Little India, which consists of three streets: Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Queen, and Jalan Pasar. Purchase colourful Indian fashion, eat spicy food, and listen to beautiful Indian melodies for a taste of India in Malaysia.
  • Clan Jetties Excursion
    Experience real-life history visiting the clan jetties. More than 100 years ago, the Chinese community started building stilt houses along the waterfront, clustered into clan villages that still exist today. Most of these houses are in the Chew Jetty area.
  • Kek Lok Si Temple Visit
    This three-tiered hilltop Buddhist temple, the country’s largest, is affectionately known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss. Its main attraction is the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda, and the pavilion of the Four Heavenly Kings – each said to control a compass point. An enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy is found on the hilltop as well as more gardens and temples.
Travel to a local island homestay in the middle of a scenic lake. Spend the evening connecting with the locals and taking in the scenery.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Suka Suka Homestay (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Chenderoh Lake Homestay
    Experience all the charm of a traditional “kampung” or village at this quaint homestay. Made up of repurposed old wooden homes, this lakeside retreat offers picturesque scenery and the opportunity to interact with locals. Opt to trek, kayak, fish, or just kick back and relax in a hammock.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Continue to the Cameron Highlands. Take a walk along one of the many well marked trails, visit the tea plantations or just relax and enjoy the cooler temperatures!
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Father's Guest House (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Rainforest Expedition
    Enjoy exotic flora and fauna during the Rainforest Expedition, which includes seeing the Rafflesia, the world's largest flower (depending on season). Also, visit an aboriginal village and see a blow pipe hunting demonstration. Go on a 1-2 hr jungle trek. Enjoy a waterfall swim and visits to a tea plantation and a reptile farm.
Opt to take a city tour, visit the famous Petronas Towers or check out the Islamic Arts Museum.
Enjoy ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel.
Accommodation
  • Citin Seacare Hotel Pudu (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 205 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Petronas Towers Visit
    Take in breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur on this visit to the Petronas Towers. Called Malaysia’s jewel, the 88-storey twin structure has the world’s highest two-storey bridge offering a stunning view of the city from 170m (558ft) high.
  • Islamic Arts Museum
    Tour this museum to see thousands of artifacts and art objects ranging from jewellery and armour to ceramics and ancient Islamic glassware. The museum is home to a number of galleries: Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, Islamic Architecture Gallery, India Gallery, Chinese Gallery, Ancient Malay World Gallery as well as the Ottoman Syrian Room.
  • Orang Asli Museum Visit
    A heritage museum showing the history and customs of the country’s indigenous peoples, the Orang Asli, through photo displays, maps, clothing, hunting tools, musical instruments and story telling.
  • Batu Caves Visit
    This series of 400-million year old limestone caves and cave temples are the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and the focal point of the Thaipusam festival in Malaysia.
Full day in Kuala Lumpur. Explore the city, head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum. Opt to visit the Petronas Towers.
Enjoy a full day in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Just outside of town, to the north, are the famous Batu Caves and the Orang Asli Museum. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisine, some of the best in South East Asia. Bargain hunt among the stalls of Chinatown's night market and don't forget to visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.
Accommodation
  • Citin Seacare Hotel Pudu (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Petronas Towers Visit
    Take in breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur on this visit to the Petronas Towers. Called Malaysia’s jewel, the 88-storey twin structure has the world’s highest two-storey bridge offering a stunning view of the city from 170m (558ft) high.
  • Orang Asli Museum Visit
    A heritage museum showing the history and customs of the country’s indigenous peoples, the Orang Asli, through photo displays, maps, clothing, hunting tools, musical instruments and story telling.
  • Batu Caves Visit
    This series of 400-million year old limestone caves and cave temples are the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and the focal point of the Thaipusam festival in Malaysia.
  • Islamic Arts Museum
    Tour this museum to see thousands of artifacts and art objects ranging from jewellery and armour to ceramics and ancient Islamic glassware. The museum is home to a number of galleries: Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, Islamic Architecture Gallery, India Gallery, Chinese Gallery, Ancient Malay World Gallery as well as the Ottoman Syrian Room.
  • Menara KL Tower
    Standing at 421 metres high, the Menara Tower is a prominent structure in Kuala Lumpur's skyline and the Islamic heritage of the city is reflected in it's architecture. Visit this iconic Malaysian landmark for panoramic views of the city.
Opt to tour the canals of Melaka by boat.
Visit the old port town of Melaka, wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of this historically important town. The streets of Chinatown are lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore.
Accommodation
  • Fenix Inn (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Melaka Boat Tour
    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the rejuvenated riverfront with new muralled buildings and significant historical landmarks and bridges. Float by a traditional Malay village, the Ghost Bridge of Melaka, Kampung Jawa, and the Clock Tower.
Border crossing from Malaysia into Singapore. Free time to take a harbour cruise or try mouth-watering street food.
In the morning cross the Straits of Johore and onto the island of Singapore. Tonight opt to visit the world famous night safari, take in a harbour cruise around Boat Quay or sample some mouth watering local food at one of the many hawker street stands.

Wander the streets of Little India and Chinatown for a great way to see the old parts of the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Bencoolen (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Malaysia - Singapore)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 4.0 hr - 5.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Boat Quay Harbour Tour
    Tour Quay Harbour, once a busy trade port, many of the historic two and three-storey shops and godowns along the riverbank were restored in the 1990s and transformed into bars, retail stores and restaurants.
Fly to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the economic heart of Java.
There may be some travellers leaving the tour in Singapore and others joining in Jakarta.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Optional Activities
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to visit a tea plantation. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Cianjur Homestay (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Gunung Mas Tea Plantation Visit
    Stop by the 100-year-old Gunung Mas, or 'Golden Mountain', Tea Plantation. Learn how tea is hand-picked and processed continually throughout the year. Enjoy a cup straight from the source.
Enjoy an orientation walk of the sprawling city of Bandung, then take some time to explore independently.
Depart the homestay and travel to the sprawling city of Bandung, Indonesia's third largest city.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Mutiara Hotel Bandung (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Grand Rosela (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 7.0 hr
    Distance : 402 km
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Grand Rosela (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion
    Take in the stunning artistic and architectural marvel that is the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur, a not-to-be-missed World Heritage Site. Learn about its interesting history and restoration; the site lay undiscovered under layers of volcanic ash until 1815, when Sir Stamford Raffles, then Governor of Java, ordered the area to be cleared.
  • Kraton Palace Visit
    Take in the royal splendour of this impressive 18th century palace, built by the Sultans of Yogya. Kraton is one of the finest examples of Javanese palace architecture and is essentially a walled city -- it has its own market, schools, and even mosques.
  • Taman Sari Water Castle Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this castle built in the 18th century as a pleasure park for the Sultan. Check out the intricately carved gates and the bathing complex and tower, from where the Sultan would watch his concubines frolicking in the water.
  • Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show
    Get a taste of Indonesian theatre with a twist and enjoy a traditional shadow puppet show. These puppets are made with leather and chiselled with precision.
  • Kota Gede Visit
    Shop (or window shop) for a stunning hand-beaten bowl. If silver is more your thing, you can find fine silver filigree within this historical district known for its impressive silver work.
  • Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion
Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Grand Rosela (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion
    Take in the stunning artistic and architectural marvel that is the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur, a not-to-be-missed World Heritage Site. Learn about its interesting history and restoration; the site lay undiscovered under layers of volcanic ash until 1815, when Sir Stamford Raffles, then Governor of Java, ordered the area to be cleared.
  • Kraton Palace Visit
    Take in the royal splendour of this impressive 18th century palace, built by the Sultans of Yogya. Kraton is one of the finest examples of Javanese palace architecture and is essentially a walled city -- it has its own market, schools, and even mosques.
  • Taman Sari Water Castle Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this castle built in the 18th century as a pleasure park for the Sultan. Check out the intricately carved gates and the bathing complex and tower, from where the Sultan would watch his concubines frolicking in the water.
  • Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show
    Get a taste of Indonesian theatre with a twist and enjoy a traditional shadow puppet show. These puppets are made with leather and chiselled with precision.
  • Kota Gede Visit
    Shop (or window shop) for a stunning hand-beaten bowl. If silver is more your thing, you can find fine silver filigree within this historical district known for its impressive silver work.
  • Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion
Continue the journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture with a G Adventures-supported community homestay.
Begin the day with the train journey to Malang. On arrival in Malang, transfer to a private vehicle for about an hour to reach Ngadas.
Upon arrival in the village, meet your hosts and settle into the homestay. In the evening, enjoy a dinner of local fare before gathering at the home of one of the community leaders to learn more about the region's customs and history.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Ngadas Village (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Ngadas Homestay
    Nestled amongst the green hills of the Mt Bromo region, the village of Ngadas is home to a Tengger farming community. Overnight with a local family participating in the community's homestay program, a G Adventures-supported initiative. Learn about the local culture, customs, and traditions from your hosts.
Transport
  • Local train
    Duration : 7.0 hr - 8.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
After an early breakfast, say good bye to your hosts and explore more of the village on an included walk. Then begin the trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through a G Adventures-supported capacity building program. Opt to hike to the volcano's crater before continuing to the hotel.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Bromo Permai (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Mount Bromo Crater Walk
    Distance : 2 km
    Walk to the famed crater of Mount Bromo, part of the Tengger Calder, the largest volcanic range in the area. A distinct site, the volcano blew its top off completely and is constantly smouldering with white smoke.
  • Village Walk
    Learn more about daily life in Ngadas with a village walk. Take in views of the scenic hills as you walk along, passing farming areas and stopping to visit the local temple, vihara, and mosque.
  • Ancestor Trail Trek
    Duration : 3.5 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 10 km
    Follow the historic route the villagers of Ngadas once used to make pilgrimage to Mt Bromo and pay their respects to the gods. Trek about 10km through farmland, forest, and grasslands to reach the volcano, stopping for lunch near a cave en route.
Enjoy an early morning hike to a viewpoint to take in the the enchanting moonscape of Mt Bromo as the sun rises, then travel to a sweet surf camp on the beach.
A pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to watch the sunrise over the crater’s rim is a must, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Mojo Surf Camp (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Sunrise Walk to Mount Bromo Viewpoint
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Head out before dawn to visit the viewpoint for magnificent Mt Bromo (2,392m), one of the most spectacular sights in Indonesia. Walk along the "sea of sand" and enjoy stunning views as the sun rises over the edge of the crater and be amazed by the volcano’s strange beauty, seemingly from another world.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a surf lesson in the morning, then use free time to explore the nearby fishing village, do some more surfing or chill out in a hammock.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Mojo Surf Camp (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Surfing Lesson
    Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.
Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Kubuku Eco Lodge (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 0.75 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Snorkelling
    Grab a snorkel and dive into the water. The waters are calm, visibility is clear, and the sea life and coral are colourful and aplenty.
Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Kubuku Eco Lodge (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkelling
    Grab a snorkel and dive into the water. The waters are calm, visibility is clear, and the sea life and coral are colourful and aplenty.
  • Diving in Menjangan Island
    Must be certified to scuba dive.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore or relax, before travelling to lively Kuta, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. Explore Kuta with some free time.
Today's drive is a journey, highlighting the spectacular natural diversity and intense cultural wealth that makes Bali such a sought after destination.

Our journey takes us across the island of Bali, through the rich tropical jungle, passing by idyllic terraced rice fields, and quaint scenes of local village life. We then arrive at our overnight destination – popular Kuta beach.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Zest Hotel Legian (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 5.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Depart at any time.
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (20 nts), surf camp dorms (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (3 nts, multi-share).
Meals
  • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Note: Allow USD315-410 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, walking, flight.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas
  • Your G for Good Moment: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas
  • Your G for Good Moment: Ancestor Trail Trek, Desa Ngadas
  • Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Your Local Living Moment: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson
  • Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour
  • Orientation walks in Cameron Highlands and Bandung
  • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP
  • Mt Bromo crater walk
  • Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint
  • Street food crawls
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Bangkok and from Kuta are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 27 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Bangkok, Thailand/ Kuta, Indonesia
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A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 19 August 2019 full payment is required.

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The Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (20 nts), surf camp dorms (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (3 nts, multi-share).

  • Checklist

    Conservative Dress:
    • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
    • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

    Sleep Sheet and Pillow:
    • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet
    • Travel pillow

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18, avg 10.

  • Highlights

    Sample the street food of Bangkok, watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia, check out the nightlife in Ko Samui, Visit the scenic Ang Thong Marine Park, Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay

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    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java – this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches, and gaze out across the "sea of sand" to Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation, and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD315-410 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Start_finish

    Bangkok to Kuta

  • Transport

    Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, walking, flight.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas
    Your G for Good Moment: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas
    Your G for Good Moment: Ancestor Trail Trek, Desa Ngadas
    Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
    Your Local Living Moment: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
    Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson. Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour. Orientation walks in Cameron Highlands and Bandung. Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP. Mt Bromo crater walk. Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint. Street food crawls. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Bangkok
    - Wat Po Visit (3.50USD per person)
    - Grand Palace Visit (15USD per person)
    - Klong Riverboat Tour (30USD per person)
    - Royal Barge Museum (3.50USD per person)
    - Thai Massage (15-30USD per person)

    Khao Sok
    - Tubing (10USD per person)

    Ko Samui
    - Cooking Class (70USD per person)
    - Kayaking (3USD per person)
    - Scuba Diving (80USD per person)
    - Ko Samui Boat Tour (50USD per person)
    - Ko Samui Island Tour (15USD per person)
    - Water Skiing (20USD per person)

    George Town
    - Indian Street Visit
    - Penang Hill Visit
    - Clan Jetties Excursion
    - Penang Peranakan Museum Visit
    - Kek Lok Si Temple Visit
    - Khoo Kongsi Visit

    Cameron Highlands
    - Rainforest Expedition

    Gombak
    - Batu Caves Visit

    Kuala Lumpur
    - Islamic Arts Museum (15MYR per person)
    - Petronas Towers Visit (85MYR per person)
    - Orang Asli Museum Visit
    - Menara KL Tower (12USD per person)

    Melaka
    - Melaka Boat Tour (12USD per person)

    Singapore
    - Boat Quay Harbour Tour
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    Gunung Mas
    - Gunung Mas Tea Plantation Visit (10USD per person)

    Borobudur
    - Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion (70USD per person)

    Yogyakarta
    - Taman Sari Water Castle Visit
    - Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show
    - Kota Gede Visit
    - Kraton Palace Visit
    - Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion (30USD per person)

    Pemuteran
    - Snorkelling (70USD per person)
    - Diving in Menjangan Island (140USD per person)

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