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Nov - Feb 4 Until Feb 18 From Feb 18

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" from 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.

  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATBS.B/201428
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Kuta, Indonesia
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Surat Thani
  • Krabi
  • George Town
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Melaka
  • Singapore
  • Jakarta
  • Cianjur
  • Bandung
  • Yogyakarta
  • Desa Ngadas
  • Bromo
  • Red Island
  • Pemuteran
  • Ubud
  • Kuta

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

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.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Surat Thani

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.

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Day 3: Surat Thani/Krabi

Transfer to Krabi and enjoy a few days on the beach on the Andaman Sea.

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Day 4: Krabi

Enjoy a full-day snorkelling trip to Koh Phi Phi.

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Day 5: Krabi

Take advantage of a free day to do everything or nothing at all.

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Day 6: Krabi/George Town

Cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient".

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Day 7: George Town

Full day in Penang.

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Day 8: George Town/Cameron Highlands

Walk around town and opt to take a tour of the highlands. Be sure to have afternoon tea here in this tea plantation-rich area.
Board a private bus and head for the hills! Enjoy the view from the lowlands through to mountainous terrain.

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Day 9: Cameron Highlands

Full day in 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!

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Day 10: Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur

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.

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Day 11: Kuala Lumpur

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.

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Day 12: Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

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.

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Day 13: Melaka/Singapore

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.

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Day 14: Singapore/Jakarta

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.

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Day 15: Jakarta/Cianjur

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.

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Day 16: Cianjur/Bandung

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.

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Day 17: Bandung/Yogyakarta

Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.

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Day 18: Yogyakarta

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.

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Day 19: Yogyakarta

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.

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Day 20: Yogyakarta/Ngadas

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.

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Day 21: Desa Ngadas/Bromo

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.

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Day 22: Bromo/Red Island

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.

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Day 23: Red Island

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.

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Day 24: Red Island/Pemuteran

Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park.

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Day 25: Pemuteran

Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.

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Day 26: Pemuteran/Ubud

Travel to cultural Ubud, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way and stop for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Bali Community Training Lunch Program en route. Explore Ubud 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 – culturally-rich Ubud.

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Day 27: Ubud/Kuta

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore or relax, before travelling to lively Kuta.

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Day 28: Kuta

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Ancestor Trail Trek, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud Hands-On: Surfing Lesson
    • Full-day snorkelling excursion (destination depends on season)
    • Orientation to the walking trails of the Cameron Highlands
    • Orientation walk of Bandung
    • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP
    • Mt Bromo crater walk
    • Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint
    • Surf lesson
    • Street food crawl
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (22 nts), surf camp dorms (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 19 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, flight
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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