Bangkok to Bali
27 days from £2,279
- Experience Thailand’s famous nightlife in Bangkok and Koh Samui
- Visit the tea plantations in Cameron Highlands – and stay for a cuppa!
- Visit the floating villages in Cianjur, and spend the night in a local Indonesian homestay
- Hit the waves on Indonesia’s Red Island with a surf lesson
- Take in the sunrise from Mt. Bromo with an early morning climb!
- Go on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure in stunning Pemuteran
Take in the best of Southeast Asia on this action-packed 27-day adventure. Journey through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, and soak up the diverse culture and landscapes of this incredible part of the world. Party into the small hours on the wild, warm beaches of Koh Samui, live like a local in Chenderoh Lake and Ngadas, and hike as the sun rises on the beautiful slopes of Mt. Bromo. You'll get to explore each location either with the group, or independently, and have the opportunity to take part in some fantastic included excursions, including an day trip to Koh Madsum and a surf lesson on Red Island. Perfect for first-time travellers and seasoned nomads alike, this trip is the ultimate introduction to all things Southeast Asian!
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Day 1: Welcome to Thailand!
Arrive at any time and step straight into pace with Bangkok – your home for the night. We recommend you arrive in the morning or afternoon, leaving you with plenty of time to shower, rest up, and head out if you fancy, ahead of an evening meeting with your group at approx. 6pm.
Day 2: Explore Bangkok
Enjoy a full free day to explore Bangkok. Opt to take a trip to the gorgeous Grand Palace, the official residence of the King, or float downriver on a long-tail boat tour. Tonight, connect up with your guide and enjoy a crawl of the best street food spots in the city. You’ll then board an overnight train down to Surat Thani. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Surat Thani to Khao Sok
Wake up as the train rolls into Surat Thani and then board a local bus to beautiful Khao Sok, a nature reserve in the south of Thailand made up of dense jungle, huge limestone karst formations, and pretty lakes and rivers that mirror the surrounding scenery. Explore the area along one of the numerous hiking trails, or simply soak up the atmosphere as you chill out in a hammock by the riverside.
Day 4-5: Island Paradise
Paradise is just a ferry ride away! Kick back with two days on the party island of Koh Samui, located just off Thailand’s east coast. Relax on the beach with your fellow travellers, and take advantage of the free time to recuperate ahead of some of Thailand’s best nightlife. On day five, take a day trip to snorkel on the reefs of of Koh Taen before exploring the island of Koh Madsum, famous for the pigs which roam the island freely! 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch will be provided.
Day 6: Journey South
Following breakfast and a swift ferry ride back to the mainland, expect to be whisked away as you prepare to cross the border into Malaysia. Enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle, and buckle up for the second stage of your trip! Your destination is George Town, known by many as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’!
Day 7: Penang Cityscape
Design your own day in metropolitan George Town – capital of Malaysia’s most populous island city, Penang Island. Soak up local history with visits to Kek Lok Si Temple, the Khoo Kongsi clan house, or the Penang Peranakan Museum. Each demonstrate different aspects of local life and culture, and exhibit the Chinese influences that are so prevalent in this area.
Day 8: George Town to Chenderoh Lake Homestay
We’ll journey to Chenderoh Lake today, where we'll meet our warm and friendly hosts in a charming kampung (traditional village) made up of a collection of picturesque wooden homes. While getting to know your homestay family and learning about their traditions and ways of life, you'll also have the option to go trekking, kayaking, and fishing, or simply relax and learn more about village life. Dinner included.
Day 9: Cameron Highlands
After saying farewell to our hosts, we’ll continue along to the dramatic Cameron Highlands. On arrival, you’ll get to know the area on an orientation walk and then have free time to relax and explore. Opt to venture into the rainforest and enjoy stunning landscapes and unforgettable views of the lowlands beneath– don't forget your swimsuit, a waterfall dive awaits you... Thirsty? Be sure to stop for tea at one of the local plantations! Breakfast included.
Day 10-11: Kuala Culture
Culture is the name of the game once again, as we arrive into Malaysia’s capital – Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy two free days here to get to know the city at your own pace. Opt to check out the incredible Batu Caves – a complex of caves and temples that form Malaysia’s most popular Hindu shrines. Tour the Islamic Arts Museum, or take in the view from above with a trip to the top of the Petronas Tower (extra cost). Local buses offer a superb way to scale as much of bustling Kuala Lumpur as possible, and with two days’ free time, there’s no excuse not to explore!
Day 12: Kuala Lumpur to Melaka
Leave the capital behind and travel south to Melaka on board a local bus. This one-time fishing village has blossomed into a port town tracked with traversable canals, while the streets of Chinatown offer a traditional culinary experience not to be missed. Opt to explore the riverfront and cruise past traditional Malay villages and the Ghost Bridge of Melaka on a boat tour. Tonight, why not venture into Chinatown to refuel on your choice of delicious traditional cuisine, known as Nyonya.
Day 13: Singapore Sling
Climb aboard a local bus and rattle across the Malaysia/Singapore border. Grab your first taste of Singapore by sampling some gorgeous street food, following your morning crossing via the Straits of Johore. In the evening, you’ll have some free time to explore; why not tour Quay Harbour by boat – an amazing opportunity to see the restoration of historic Singapore, beautifully transformed into a web of shops, bars and restaurants.
Day 14: The Sky's the Limit!
Prepare to stamp your passport once more as we move on to the fourth country of your itinerary – Indonesia! After a complimentary breakfast, kick back for the flight’s two-hour (approx.) duration, and watch the clouds whip past.
Day 15: Local Life
Leaving Jakarta behind, we journey south towards our second Indonesian destination - Cianjur’s amazing floating villages are a sight not to be missed. Pitched within sight of a magnificent mountain range, you can take in the view right across the water’s surface, for a taste of local life you’ll not easily forget. Optional activities include exploring the Gunung Mas tea plantation, where you can sample a cup of freshly sourced brew. You’ll then get to extend the experience yet further by spending the night in a local homestay on the outskirts of Cianjur. Breakfast is included today, so grab the chance to fill up ahead of a busy day.
Day 16: Cianjur to Bandung
After an included breakfast, travel by private vehicle to Indonesia’s third largest city – Bandung. Enjoy an orientation walk with your guide, ahead of free time in the afternoon to explore the city. Known for its architecture and university town atmosphere, Bandung is settled amidst tea plantations and a nest of volcanoes, creating an extraordinary juxtaposed community. The fashion-conscious among your group can lose hours to the sensational array of shops Bandung has on offer. Alternatively, sample some amazing street food at your own convenience!
Day 17: Making Tracks
Grab breakfast at your hotel before heading for the station. Your seven-hour train journey east will take you on the scenic route from Bandung to Yogyakarta, in the heart of Java. Once you arrive, you’ll be transported straight to your hotel for a well-earned night’s rest, before the next leg of your journey begins.
Day 18-19: Yogyakarta
Next up: two free days in Yogyakarta - and so much to fit in during this free time! You could swing by the Borobudur Temple Complex – an architectural phenomenon and World Heritage Site, housing three Buddhist temples, and all the history you could wish for. Sample traditional Indonesian theatre at the Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show, or visit the gorgeous Kraton Palace – the choice is yours! Breakfast will be provided on both days. Use your free time wisely, and take in everything this amazing city has to offer.
Day 20-21: Yogyakarta to Ngadas
We'll be heading to Malang by train today, where we'll stop off to switch to a private vehicle to make the rest of the journey to Ngadas, nestled within the scenic Mount Bromo region. We'll meet our host families on arrival and get settled into our homestay. In the evening, we'll come together as a group at one of the community leaders' homes to learn more about the community's traditions and local history. On day 21, we'll wave goodbye to our hosts and explore more of the village on foot before beginning a trek to Mt. Bromo's crater. 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included.
Day 22: Bromo and Red Island
Start your day with breakfast, and then an early morning hike to watch the sunrise from one of Mt. Bromo’s sensational vantage points. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this is an incredible opportunity to learn about the indigenous Tenggerese people, who can often be seen making the trek up to Bromo’s peak with offerings to the supreme Buddhist deity. Later, settle in and rest your feet for the duration of your journey to the beach! You’ll spend the next two nights at a wicked surf camp, and wake up refreshed with the sea and sand to enjoy.
Day 23: Red Island Surfing
Surf’s up! Grab a board after breakfast, and hit the waves in the morning with a surf lesson from local teachers, then use your free time as you please. Relax in a beachfront hammock, or put your new surf skills to the test with an afternoon’s action in the water. For those growing thirsty for some local culture, there’s also the local village to explore.
Day 24: Red Island to Pemuteran
Welcome to Bali! Following breakfast, your journey today will be a relatively short one, leaving you with ample free time to do whatever you feel like. Bali’s beaches are gorgeous stretches of pale sand and crystal clear water – perfect for a chance to catch some rays, or to crack out your trusty snorkel and mask.
Alternatively, spend some time exploring the National Park – a not-to-be-missed expanse of land and sea, stretching over 190 square kilometres.
Day 25: Pemuteran
The day is your own in stunning Pemuteran, with the coast at your fingertips. After an included breakfast, you can opt to spend the day on or off dry land – spot countless species of fish and coral through your snorkelling mask, or go scuba diving at the National Park.
Day 26: Pemuteran to Kuta
As the final days of your adventure close in, enjoy your journey to Kuta via the scenic route, showcasing the best of rural and urban Bali. You’ll cross the island of Bali, passing rice paddies and small villages, alongside dense tropical jungle, en route to your final overnight destination – the buzzing beach town of Kuta. Upon arrival in Kuta, and its beautiful beachfront, it’s time for a final dinner with your tour group. Spend some time exchanging details if you haven’t already.
Day 27: Kuta
Your tour ends today in Kuta. Depart anytime from Kuta, or ask one of your guides about onward travel. The adventure continues!
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 26 nights' accommodation
- All transport between locations and included activities
- Internal flight from Singapore to Jakarta
- 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Desa Ngadas Ancestor Trail trek
- Desa Ngadas village walk
- Day trip to Koh Madsum
- Orientation walk Cameron Highlands
- Orientation walk of Bandung
- Entrance to Mt. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
- Mt. Bromo crater walk
- Mt. Bromo sunrise climb
- Red Island surf lesson
- 2 street food crawls
- 24/7 emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfer
- Meals, other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Optional activities and excursions
26 nights’ multi-share accommodation are included on this tour. This will be in a combination of simple hotels/hostels, camp dorms, local homestays and a sleeper train.
Sleeper trains in Thailand are air conditioned, and come with fold-out beds – one top and one bottom bunk, with access via a step ladder.
Standards of accommodation and service can vary, and may be different to what you’re accustomed to. Though rooms can be on the smaller side, they are generally clean, and you may be expected to share bathroom facilities / showers. Solo travellers will be paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with other members of the tour group of the same sex for the duration of the trip.
Some, but not all, meals will be included: 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. For additional meals, we recommend you budget USD 315-410 (approx.). Your guide will be able to suggest a wide variety of local spots and restaurants, as well as delicious local delicacies to try. Street food is an affordable and delicious option, which gives you the chance to eat like, and with, the locals!
Included breakfasts will usually be Asian-style, featuring noodles, bread and eggs, or congee – a traditional rice porridge. There are options available for vegetarians, although these may be limited.
Your trip in Bangkok, Thailand with a welcome meeting in the evening of your programme start date (day 1 of your itinerary). We recommend that you arrive by early afternoon on your start date to ensure you arrive in time for the meeting. Please arrange your flights to arrive into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your trip finishes in Kuta, Bali on your programme end date, no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time, please arrange flight to depart from Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minimum age for the trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Travellers of all nationalities must carry a passport valid for the duration of the trip, and at least six months beyond the intended departure date, some countries require longer. We have outlined some basic information below to help you, however it your responsibility to check the latest information and requirements for your nationality with the nearest Embassy or High Commission of the countries that you will be visiting.
Thailand: Citizens of the UK will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa when entering Thailand.
Malaysia: Citizens of the UK are able to enter Malaysia without a visa for a period of up to 90 days.
Singapore: Citizens of the United Kingdom are able to enter and remain in Singapore for a period of up to 90 days, visa-free.
Indonesia: Citizens of the UK are able to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa, for a period of up to 30 days.
I’m Travelling With A Friend; Can We Be In The Same Room?
Yes, this is possible! Let us know at the time of booking if you are travelling with a friend, and we will make sure you are placed together in the same room.
Can I Join The Tour If I’m Travelling Solo?
Yes; in fact, most of our customers are solo travellers! You will be paired with a member of the same sex for accommodation purposes.
Should I Tip?
Tipping is a customary practice in Asia, and you may choose to leave a small contribution to waiters / local guides etc, either individually, or as a group. The customary tipping amount is approximately 10% in restaurants, whereas a recommended tip for a local guide is between USD 1.50-3.50. If you feel your programme guide did an especially excellent job too, tipping is always appreciated!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.