11-Day Singapore – Malaysia – Thailand Roundtrip

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Tour Period: 11 Days

tour highlights

  • Indulge in afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel then sail along the Singapore River
  • Soak up Singapore’s city sights
  • Journey to Johor Barhu then Tampin and Malacca to see a range of the region
  • Discover rural life outside of Kuala Lumpur spotting flickering fireflies
  • Explore the impressive Batu Caves and Cameron Highlands
  • Choose your preferred tours in Penang while relishing the island’s tasty cuisine
  • Unwind with some R&R on the tropical island of Langkawi
  • Travel to nearby Thailand for your next adventure

tour details

From the busy city streets of Singapore to the brilliant white sand beaches of Langkawi and Thailand’s Satun province, this journey offers a well-rounded look at the region’s urban and rural life, cultural and adventure pursuits. Start the experience in style by enjoying tea at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore before exploring more of the city and heading to historic Malacca. Steeped in culture and tradition, Malacca will surely charm before continuing on to the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Take in the well-known city sights along with some surprising ones, like the millions of dazzling fireflies found just 90 minutes outside the city. After Kuala Lumpur, journey on to the impressive Batu Caves and lush Cameron Highlands to explore the area’s dense jungle and fertile plantations. Head back to civilisation with a couple days spent in another destination known for it’s history and rich mix of cultures – Penang. Try the city’s famous street food before getting ready for another change of scenery and moving on to the tropical shores of Langkawi. After a couple leisurely days on the beach, end the experience with a transfer to Thailand, ending in either Satun or on Lipe Island.

Begin the journey by meeting at the hotel lobby in the afternoon.
Step back in time, and learn about the founder of Singapore’s original vision for this fascinating island. This engaging tour begins at the Raffles landing site where Sir Stamford Raffles first arrived in 1819. During the 1800s, activities for high society were held here. After sipping afternoon tea inside the hotel’s famous Tiffin Room, sail along the Singapore River. Disembark at Clarke Quay, one of the area’s hottest nighttime entertainment spots where locals and tourists alike can enjoy a fun evening.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, get to know the city better by driving around the Civic District and Colonia District learning all about the history, culture and daily lifestyle of this multicultural metropolis.
Stop off at Merlion Park to take in the impressive view looking over Marina Bay. There are plenty of photo opportunities here, including the national icon of Singapore and the magnificent architecture of Marina Bay Sands. Next, visit one of the city’s oldest temples, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, then drive through the cosmopolitan Financial District on the way the Chinatown to discover the latter’s rich heritage.
From there, Little India offers an abundance of colourful Indian culture. Let your senses come alive while wandering through the streets filled with vibrant colours and striking aromas of jasmine and spices. The day’s final destination is Gardens by the Bay, a must-see attraction. Discover diverse plant life from around the world displayed in this state-of-the-art conservatory.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
Today, get an early start and meet at the hotel lobby around 5:00 hrs to transfer to the train station and depart at 6:30 hrs to Johor Barhu (please consult us for additional schedules). The hotel will provide a hearty breakfast box to go!
Witness beautiful rural scenery from the window as the train passes through local villages and plantations. Arrive at Johor Barhu station and wait about 2 hours to board the shuttle train going to Tampin. Upon arrival, meet the driver and guide to go together to Malacca. Explore the city’s many historical sites located, such as the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – the oldest functioning Chinese Temple in Malaysia – in addition to the Kapitan Kling Mosque and Jonker's Street (Antique Row). The tour also includes stops at the Baba and Nyonya Museum, Stathuys Building, Malacca Clock Tower, Christ Church and the famous Porta de Santiago.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
Depart in the morning to Kuala Lumpur, the vibrant capital city of Malaysia. Along the way, observe the charming countryside passing by then stop off to visit a traditional Malay House and enjoy a tasty lunch during this time. After arriving in Kuala Lumpur, explore this bustling urban environment with a city tour. Discover significant sites such as the King's Palace – perfect for taking photos – the National Mosque, Independent Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Additionally, check out the Selangor Club, the beautiful St. Mary's Church and the world's tallest freestanding flag pole. Wrap up by winding through the city’s spirited Chinatown.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
The morning is free at your leisure – enjoy a relaxed breakfast or explore the city on your own.
Use the afternoon to dive into Kuala Lumpur’s shopping paradise, with many local shops and hip boutiques before driving to the much more natural area of Kuala Selangor. This region is situated about 90 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur and has much to offer travellers wanting a glimpse of Malaysian rural life.
In Kuala Selangor, fishing and farming are the primary industries. While many local people here work jobs in these fields, the oil palm and rubber industry is also quite strong. After arriving in this quaint scene, head to an authentic Chinese fishing village to see firsthand how locals really live. Tuck into a delicious dinner, which can include a sumptuous Chinese seafood spread. (Please note that dinner is on guest’s personal account or charged separately.) Next, be treated to a magical evening of watching fireflies – a fantastical sight that must be seen in person to be believed. Row upstream to enjoy an incredible vantage point of viewing thousands of fireflies at once: they flicker like Christmas lights, flying around the mangrove trees that line the banks of the river. After this enchanting tour, drive back to the city, arriving in Kuala Lumpur late in the evening.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
Start the day with a lovely breakfast then depart once again to explore the picturesque countryside. Enjoy a brief stop at the Selangor Pewter factory to see how local pewter products are made. Continue the journey to the mesmerising Batu Caves, which features giant limestone cliffs and several ornate Hindu temples. The Batu Caves is a significant place for Hindus to come and worship annually, particularly during auspicious celebrations, such as Thaipusam, during which hundreds of thousands of Hindus flock to the temple to pay their respects.
When finished visiting this sacred site, move forward to the magnificent Cameron Highlands. Situated 1542 metres above sea level, this area offers truly spectacular vistas. From there, head north toward the region’s sophisticated Hill Resort but, first, take a break to visit a local bamboo basket business. Learn how they make these cottage industry creations from scratch before drinking in the beauty of the Lata Iskandar Waterfall. After arriving at the Cameron Highlands, check in at the hotel to enjoy a restful afternoon and evening at leisure.

Accommodation at resort or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
After a tasty breakfast at the hotel, head off on a tour of the beautiful Cameron Highlands: visiting a local tea plantation, a tea factory, a vegetable farm and the bustling market square. Following this exhilarating morning, continue on toward Penang via car. Along the way, stop off at the intriguing Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar. Drive across the famous bridge – the fourth longest in all of Southeast Asia – to arrive in Penang by evening.
(Please note that the tea plantation is closed on Mondays.)

Meals included: Breakfast
After finishing a leisurely breakfast, explore the charm of Penang on a half-day sightseeing tour. Choose between the engaging Historical Georgetown Tour OR the fascinating Round Island Tour.
Historical Georgetown Tour:
This extensive tour offers a firsthand look into the many sights and sounds of exotic Penang. Stare in awe at the world’s fourth longest statue of the iconic Reclining Buddha at Wat Chayamangkalarm. Afterward, visit the ornate Dhammikarama Temple – the first Buddhist temple ever built in Penang back in 1803. Drive through Penang’s famous Harmony Street where the Saint Georges Anglican Church was built in 1818. Other important sites here include the “Kuan Yin” Goddess of Mercy Temple, noteworthy for being the city’s oldest Taoist temple and constructed in 1800 by Chinese settlers. There’s also the colourful Sri Mariamman Temple, Penang’s oldest Hindu temple, and Masjid KapitanKeling, the oldest Indian Muslim mosque. Then explore the revered Khoo Clan House, which features an impressive hall with intricate carvings and uniquely detailed woodwork.
After visiting these eye-opening sites, relax at a local coffee shop. Be sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities at the nearby Fort Cornwallis, the historical place where Francis Light and his crew first landed in 1786.
Penang Round Island Tour:
Discover Penang’s enchanting beauty during this tour around the entire island. Weaving through idyllic scenes along the way, visit local fishing villages and cultural organizations like the Penang Batik Handicraft Centre. Learn how Malaysian batik is made and why this art form is so important to the Penang economy. Peruse fresh fruits and exotic spices, courtesy of local farmers at street stalls, taste testing different flavours. Next, drive to a serene valley home to multiple Malay villages and rice paddies. This traditional setting is a perfect spot to soak up the tranquility and unwind. Finish off the adventure with a visit to the notorious Snake Temple and see pit vipers coiled up, sitting undisturbed on altars and across the temple grounds. Head back along the Penang Bridge – one of the longest in Southeast Asia – and arrive in Penang to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation at hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by boat to Langkawi. Upon arrival transfer to the island resort.
The rest of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy this tropical paradise.

Accommodation at resort or similar hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast, set off on a half-day sightseeing tour to explore the hidden treasures of Langkawi. Choose between the adventurous Mount Mat Chinchang Tour or the exciting Eagle Watching & Mangrove Tour.
Mount Mat Chinchang Tour:
Located in the Oriental Village, the bubble-shaped Langkawi Cable Car is transparent so visitors can see through to the scenery below. The Cable Car rides up mountainside for 2.2 kilometres on a 42-degree incline. When inside the Cable Car, observe the Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) Waterfalls, as well as the dense tropical forest that’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage Geopark. Reaching 708 metres is Gunung Macincang, which offers a breath taking view. Embark on an uphill walking trek from Station 1 to Station 2 and travel along a path cleared inside the forest. After visiting this impressive mountain, head to the unique Black Sand Beach. Finish the tour with a trip to the Langkawi’s Handicraft Centre and see traditional arts and crafts of the region. (Please note that Cable Car operation is subject to weather condition.)
Eagle Watching & Mangrove Tour (with Packed Lunch):
Embrace adventure by cruising through mangroves in a speedboat on this fun half-day tour. Perfect for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts alike, witness majestic eagles fighting and dancing together during feeding time. This pristine jungle reaches up to the water’s edge with crabs, mudskippers and native birds thriving in this relatively uninhabited landscape. Along with the abundant marine life, limestone caves and coves enhance the already majestic natural surroundings. Exploring caves like these is ideal for adventurous travellers and those seeking to recapture a childlike spirit. Cap off the tour with a delicious packed lunch of local cuisine.

Accommodation at Berjaya Langkawi Resort or similar hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
After eating a tasty breakfast at the hotel, then enjoy an exciting speedboat ride from Langkawi to Koh Lipe or Satun. (Please note that speedboats to Koh Lipe only run from November to the end of April.)

includes

  • Hotel accommodation as listed
  • All overland transfers
  • Sightseeing as specified in the programme with an English speaking driver cum guide (no guide service during the train ride from Singapore to Tampin and on the boat rides from Penang to Langkawi and from Langkawi to Thailand).
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

excludes

  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals

notes

  • Hotels can be changed without prior notice, but substitutes will be within the offered category.
  • Tours will be offered as stated in the programme, but some may be done on different days than stated in the programme without any prior notice given.
Tour code: SIN11SMTR

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