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  • Explore some of Asia's largest cities.
  • Travel by traditional bamboo raft.
  • Trek on foot to visit remote hilltribe villages.
  • Enjoy Thai beach life in Ko Samui.
The Southeast Asia on a Shoestring tour starts in Bangkok and ends in Singapore. The Southeast Asia on a Shoestring is a Trekking tour that takes 21 days taking you from Bangkok to Singapore and through other destinations in Asia.

Feast on a Nyonya delicacy in Melaka or delicious street food in Singapore as you hit the highlights of Southeast Asia. With other travellers your own age, you’ll enjoy this adventure’s pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand before mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, you’ll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities – cross into Malaysia to experience mouth-watering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles and try the Singapore Sling.
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Arrive in Bangkok at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.
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.
Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 12.0 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.
  • 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.
Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class. Explore rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.
Accommodation
  • Chiang Mai Gate Hotel (or similar)
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!
Optional Activities
  • Massage (Southeast Asia)
    Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.
  • Yoga Class
    Stretch and hold poses in this gentle but effective form of exercise.
  • Doi Suthep Temple Visit
  • Khantoke Dinner and Show
    Enjoy dinner northern Khantok style, with local entertainment. The main dishes on the Khantok usually include sticky rice, Hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chilli pasted with crispy pork.
  • Chiang Mai Cycling Tour
    Meander through Chiang Mai by bike and get an alternative view of this bustling city.
  • Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure
  • Northern Thai Cooking Class
    Channel your inner chef with a home-style Thai cooking class. Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out fresh ingredients. Head back to the cozy kitchen for a hands-on lesson in whipping up delicious local favourites like hot and sour soup, green curry, and sticky rice.
Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Hilltribe Trek Day 1
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Leave your big pack in storage and take only an overnight bag. Each person must be able to carry their own pack as our porters will be carrying food and water supplies. Accommodation along the route is multi-share, sleeping on the floor of the village huts. Toilet and washing facilities are very basic in most of the villages so be prepared to rough it for a few days. During the trek simple food is provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can be cold during the evenings so bring some lightweight warm clothes along.
Transport
  • Pickup truck
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.
Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to see how to make traditional baskets and scarves. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Hilltribe Trek Day 2
    Duration : 4.5 hr - 6.0 hr
    After breakfast, trek 3.5-4 hrs to reach the lunch stop. Take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch before carrying on another hour or so to the Karen village of Ban Pa Khao Lam.
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Chiang Mai Gate Hotel (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Board the traditional bamboo raft for a leisurely ride down the Mae Tang River. Reach the Lahu hill tribe village near Ban Pong Ngan. Enjoy a visit with the locals here and learn about the life and unique culture of the Lahu tribe.
  • Lahu Village Visit
    Take a bamboo raft down the Mae Tan River for one hour journey to a Lahu village to witness a lifestyle that dates hundreds of years.
  • Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Board a traditional bamboo raft and enjoy a ride through some small rapids on the Mae Tang River.
Transport
  • Pickup truck
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.
Meal
  • Breakfast
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
  • Massage (Southeast Asia)
    Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
    Enjoy a tour of spectacular Chiang Mai, a delightful city surrounded by rolling hills and filled with impressive architecture. Explore the great cafes, shops and accommodations of the old city; an important Buddhist centre since the 14th century, it is home to more than 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend meditation retreats, massage classes or yoga lessons.
  • Chiang Mai Cycling Tour
    Meander through Chiang Mai by bike and get an alternative view of this bustling city.
  • Doi Suthep Temple Visit
  • Cooking Class
    2-3 hours of cooking class delivered by the local expert, You will learn about the different Thai herbs
Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.
Accommodation
  • Bangkok Centre Hotel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Massage (Southeast Asia)
    Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.
  • 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.
  • Jim Thompson's House Visit
    Tour the Jim Thompson House, a Bangkok museum that was once the home of American businessman Jim Thompson, the “Legendary American of Thailand.” See his collection of Buddhist and secular art, amassed while building his silk company.
  • National Museum Visit
    See Thai artifacts on display from the Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods as well as other Southeast Asian collections.
  • 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 Guided Tour
    Immerse yourself in Thai Buddhist culture and visit the famous giant 46m (151ft) reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf. Relax with a traditional Thai massage at the country’s leading school of massage at Wat Po.
  • 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.
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.
Depart at any time.
Meal
  • Breakfast
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) (13 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts).
Meals
  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Note: Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Local bus, minibus, train, walking, river raft, ferry.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Included activities
  • Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Your Local Living Moment: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour
  • Two street food crawls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Bangkok and from Singapore 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 Southeast Asia on a Shoestring tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 21 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Bangkok, Thailand/ Singapore, Singapore
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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 17 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southeast Asia 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 Southeast Asia 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 Southeast Asia 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) (13 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts).

  • Checklist

    Additional Items:
    • Sleeping bag and liner (Seasonally appropriate)

    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

    Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18 avg 12.

  • Highlights

    Explore some of Asia's largest cities, travel by traditional bamboo raft, trek on foot to visit remote hilltribe villages, enjoy Thai beach life in Ko Samui, visit tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, sample Singapore's street food, hike or relax in Khao Sok National Park

  • International_flights

    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

    Feast on a Nyonya delicacy in Melaka or delicious street food in Singapore as you hit the highlights of Southeast Asia. With other travellers your own age, you’ll enjoy this adventure’s pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand before mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, you’ll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities – cross into Malaysia to experience mouth-watering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles and try the Singapore Sling.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Packing_note

    Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

  • Start_finish

    Bangkok to Singapore

  • Transport

    Local bus, minibus, train, walking, river raft, ferry.

  • Whats_included

    Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
    Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
    Your Local Living Moment: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake. Hilltribe trek. Bamboo rafting. Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour. Two street food crawls. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Bangkok
    - Wat Po Visit (3.50USD per person)
    - Klong Riverboat Tour (30USD per person)
    - Grand Palace Visit (15USD per person)
    - Royal Barge Museum (3.50USD per person)
    - Thai Massage (15-30USD per person)
    - Jim Thompson's House Visit (4USD per person)
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    - Wat Po Guided Tour
    - National Museum Visit (2USD per person)

    Doi Suthep
    - Doi Suthep Temple Visit (2USD per person)

    Chiang Mai
    - Massage (Southeast Asia)
    - Khantoke Dinner and Show (30USD per person)
    - Chiang Mai Cycling Tour (30USD per person)
    - Yoga Class
    - Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure
    - Northern Thai Cooking Class
    - Cooking Class
    - Chiang Mai City Tour

    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

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