Bangkok to Bali
- 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 Bogor, and spend the night in a local Indonesian homestead.
- Hit the waves in Indonesia’s Red Island with a surf lesson.
- Take in the sunrise from Mt Bromo with an incredible early morning climb!
Take in the best of what Southeast Asia has to offer with 28 days split between Thailand, Singapore, Bali and more! Party into the small hours on the wild, warm beaches of Koh Samui, and take a stroll through some of Indonesia’s cultural high points with a temple tour under the watchful eye of Mt Merapi. A guided tour that still leaves plenty of time for independent adventure! Perfect for first time and / or solo travellers!
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Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at anytime and step straight into pace with Bangkok – your home for one night only! 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. Explore the famous Wat Pho temple, feast on the finest street food Bangkok has to offer, or work off jet lag on the massage table. The day is yours, and Bangkok has something for everyone!
Day 2: Explore Bangkok
After an included breakfast at your hotel, get stuck into your first full day in Bangkok with a trip to the Grand Palace, or haggle your way to some serious bargains in the capital’s many markets. A guided crawl of the best street food spots should set you in good stead for the night’s travels. Head south with a full stomach to your next destination, and be sure to get some sleep on the train – you’re going to need it!
Day 3-5: Island Paradise
Paradise is just a ferry ride away! Kick back with three days on the party island of Koh Samui, settled 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.
Island hop on Day Four with a trip to Ang Thong Marine Park –an almost uninhabited collection of 42 islands, established as a Thai National Park in 1980. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the crystal clear waters make this a perfect spot for snorkelling, when weather allows – grab your flippers, and dive in!
After breakfast on Day Five, Optional activities include a low-intensity trek through the jungle to the TalaiNai – or ‘Green Lagoon’. Alternatively, take to the water once again for kayaking, or another round of snorkelling; or hop onboard a Jeep and explore Koh Samui by road.
Please note: if you’re travelling in the months of November-April, days 3-5 will be spent between the coastal stop of Krabi, and the gorgeous island of Koh Phi Phi – filming location of ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio!
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!
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. Alternatively, take a detour to India without ever leaving the island! Penang’s ‘Little India’ brings the best in Indian food, music and fashion for the ultimate ‘Asian Fusion’ experience, all at your fingertips!
Day 8: George Town to Cameron Highlands
Be sure to stop for tea on the way through Cameron Highlands! An orientation walk, led by your guide, will help you get to grips with the ins and outs of rural life. Enjoy stunning landscapes and unforgettable views of the lowlands beneath as you settle in for two days in the heart of plantation country.
Day 9: Cameron Highlands
Take advantage of a day’s free time to leave your own tracks in this cinematic slice of rural Malaysia. Take an optional trek through the rainforest to an aboriginal village, and don’t forget your swimsuit – a waterfall dive awaits you! Welcome to the jungle!
Day 10-11: Kuala Culture!
Culture is the name of the game once again on Day Ten of your trip, as you arrive in Malaysia’s capital – Kuala Lumpur! 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. 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!
A trip to the Orang Asli Museum will take your cultural learning one step further – through music, drawings and storytelling, hear the history of the indigenous Orang Asli people, and come back with a story of your own to tell!
Day 12: Kuala Lumpur to Melaka
Make the most of a day’s free time to explore Melaka from the water! This one-time fishing village has blossomed into a port town tracked with traversable canals – choose to hop onboard a boat and enjoy the ride!
Taking a trip to Melaka’s Chinatown opens up a chance to refuel on your choice of delicious traditional cuisine, known as Nyonya. Fill your belly, and head back to the hotel for some well-earned rest before tomorrow’s border crossing!
Day 13: Singapore Sling
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, Animal lovers will go head over heels for the famous night Safari at Singapore Zoo, giving the chance to see some nocturnal Singaporean wildlife in an observed but ethically conscious environment. Alternatively, use your free time this evening to 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 when you 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!
New travellers will be joining the group in Jakarta – Indonesia’s capital city. A second welcome / orientation meeting will give them the chance to settle in, and you the chance to make them feel welcome ahead of the next leg of your journey!
Day 15: Local Life
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! 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.
Optional activities on Day Fifteen give you the chance to explore the Gunung Mas tea plantation, and stay for a cup of locally sourced brew! Alternatively, head back to school, with the opportunity to teach English to local children, and work on your volunteering record at the heart of the community!
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 not to be missed out on!
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 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
Two days in Yogyakarta, and so much to fit in during this free time! You could swing by the Borobodur 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: Yogyakarta to Tawangmangu
After breakfast, begin your journey to Tawangmangu via a private vehicle. The journey takes about three hours, but is easily broken up by an optional stop to see the Prambanan Temples. You’ll have an hour and a half (approx.) to explore Prambanan at your own leisure, or check out a nearby art market.
A second optional stop leads to the Sukuh Temple, and its famous erotic carvings – not for the easy-to-blush! Afterwards, you’ll continue on-foot for approx. three hours, trekking through small villages for a stunning, immersive glimpse of agricultural life in Indonesia. Your day’s journey ends with a beautiful waterfall, and the village of Tawangmangu, where the evening will be yours to use as you please!
Day 21: Tawangmangu to Malang
Begin the day with the scenic journey to Malang – the perfect opportunity to relax and watch the world go by! The afternoon is yours to explore all you can of East Java’s second largest city. You might swing by the flower markets, or relax in one of Malang’s sprawling parks. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs, after a day’s hard travelling!
Day 22: Malang to Bromo
A minibus will be on-hand to collect you after breakfast, the drive will see you climbing the iconic sides of Mt. Bromo, towards its constantly smouldering peak. White smoke pours from Bromo as a constant reminder of its ‘active’ status. Be sure to catch an early night when you reach your hotel – an even earlier start beckons tomorrow morning!
Day 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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! 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 juxtaposed land and see, stretching over 190 square kilometres!
Day 26: 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. Alternatively, a day spent on the sand would be far from a missed opportunity!
Day 27: 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. Lunch will be provided for you at the Bali Community Training Lunch Programme – a charitable organisation, helping people living with disabilities to gain valuable workplace skills.
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 – Facebook is the perfect place to watch your new friends’ next adventures unfold!
Day 28: Kuta
After breakfast, depart at anytime from Kuta, or ask one of your guides about onward travel. The adventure continues!
Accommodation & Meals
All accommodation is included, and will be split as follows: hotels (23 nights), surf camp dorms (2 nights), sleeper train (1 night), local homestay (1 night).
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.
At the homestay in Cianjur, travellers will share one giant house, with up to five travellers in each room, and shared bathroom facilities for the group’s use. In addition, the Red Island surf camp will see you shack up in dorm-style rooms (maximum of six per room, single sex) with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Some, but not all, meals will be included: 19 breakfasts and 2 lunches. For additional meals, we recommend you budget USD 340-445 (approx.). Though most group members choose to eat together, you are not obligated to do so. 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.
Eligibility & FAQ's
The minumum age for the trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years.
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!
- Accommodation for every night
- All transports between locations and included activities, including an internal flight from Singapore to Jakarta
- Some meals – 19 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- Full day snorkelling excursion (location depending on season)
- Orientation walk Cameron Highlands
- Orientation walk of Bandung
- Entrance to Mt. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
- Mt. Bromo sunrise climb
- Red Island surf lesson.
- Two street food crawls
What's Not Included
- Flights (other than the transfer mentioned)
- Airport transfer
- Meals, other than those listed above.
- Personal expenses
Your trip begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of your programme start date (day 1 of your itinerary), we recommend arriving in the morning or early afternoon to Day One of your itinerary, with your arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Please make sure you arrive on the day specified! An airport transfer is not included, but can be easily arranged for an extra charge. Give us a call for more information!
Please note, you must have adequate cover in place before your trip begins. Whether you’re travelling for two weeks or two years, insurance is an essential part of your adventure and will help you enjoy your travels, secure in the knowledge that you have the protection you need. Of course you are free to buy insurance from any provider, however at Real Gap Experience, we have travel insurance that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of global travel that’s far from run-of-the-mill. If you think you’re already covered by an existing policy, such as those provided by credit card providers, check the policy very carefully to ensure it covers you for your Real Gap Experience, specifically: For the duration you require For the activities you’re planning on doing If you would like some further information about our insurance options please speak to one of our travel advisors.
PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travellers of all nationalities must carry a passport valid for the duration of the trip, and six months beyond the intended departure date. It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained the necessary visas and documentation for your travels. We have outlined some 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, the USA, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and most European countries will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa when entering Thailand. This is obtained via the border, and may require you to fill in a boarding card upon arrival. You may also be asked to provide proof of onward travel – e.g. your departure details and onward flight information. Please note that you can only cross a land border using a 30 day visa exemption twice per year.
Malaysia: Citizens of the UK, the USA, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and most European countries are able to enter Malaysia without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. Other passports may be limited to a 30-day visa-free period. See online for more information.
Singapore: Citizens of all countries not included in Level I or Level II Assessment lists are able to enter and remain in Singapore without a visa, for a period of up to 30 days. See online for more information. Citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the USA, and all European Union nations are able to enter and remain in Singapore for a period of up to 90 days, visa-free.
Indonesia: Citizens of the UK, the USA, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and all other European Union nations are able to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa, for a period of up to 30 days. Visa exemption in Indonesia is for purposes of tourism only.
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