Exotic South Asia “Singapore – Malaysia – Thailand “ |12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Singapore City Tour.
Enjoy a city tour, which will begin with a drive around the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Next, stop at the Merlion Park for great views of Marina Bay and a photo opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown to watch the craftsmen at work in the local handicraft centre. Proceed to the National Orchid Garden, in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of thousands of orchids. Your final stop at Little India will entice you with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices
Day 3: Singapore to Tampin to Malacca
Transfer to the train station. Cross the border and arrive Malacca. Meet and proceed to the City of the historic sites such as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple - the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque, Jonker Street (Antique Row), Baba and Nyonya Museum, Stadhuy's Building, Malacca Clock Tower, Christchurch and the famous Porta de Santiago. Overnight.
Day 4: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur
Upon arrival you will be given a tour of the King's Palace, National Mosque and Railway Station, National Monument, Independence Square, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Selangor Club, St. Mary's Church and the world's tallest free standing flagpole. The tour resumes for a visit to the Seri Mahamariaman Temple and the colourful Chinatown for bargain hunting.
Before checking into your hotel, visit the tallest Communications Tower in South East Asia for a stunning panoramic view of the city and the Petronas Twin Tower.
Day 5: Kuala Lumpur
After breakfast, you will go on a tour of the Countryside, visiting a pewter factory, the Batu caves - the holy, sacred cave temple for the Hindus, and a batik factory. The rest of the day is free to discover the good bargains and cozy cafes and restaurants of Kuala Lumpur, the phenomenon city!
Day 6: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
Depart for Cameron Highlands, located at 1542m above sea level, and noted for its tea plantations and cool temperatures. Stop on the way for a visit to see the cottage industry of basket weaving followed by Lata Iskander Waterfall. Be immersed in the cool, crisp air of Cameron Highlands with its wonderful scenery. Your tour of Cameron Highlands consists of the tea plantation, tea factory, market place and a butterfly farm.
Day 7: Cameron Highlands to Penang
Early morning set off to Penang. Stop at the Royal town of Kuala Kangsar to appreciate the mesmerizing Ubudiah Mosque, the attractive Iskandariah Palace and Istana Kenangan which was built without a single nail. The visits of these 3 interesting sites are from the outside.
Discover interesting handicrafts of the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar by embarking on a river cruise amidst a rustic ambiance that is rich in history with live narration. Disembark to visit the unique process of keris (dagger) making, a dying art. Synonymous with the Malay culture and way of life, the keris is a status symbol for Malay Royalties and Dignitaries. Witness a demonstration of Tekat making, where gold threads are intricately embroidered into velvet cushions, an item previously reserved only for the Royalties. Lastly visit the Labu Sayong Center where unique shaped pots are made with deft hands and creative inspirations mostly by womenfolk. The cool water from the pots is believed to have healing properties.
Cross over to Penang, better known as the "Pearl of the Orient" via one of the longest bridge in the world.
Day 8: Discovery tour of Georgetown Town Penang
Depart your hotel for a City, Culture, and Heritage tour of Georgetown, which was officially declared a UNESCO site in 2008. Visit the 3rd longest reclining Buddha figure in the world, followed by Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as Temple of 1000 Buddhas, built in 1904. It is the most beautiful and largest Buddhist temple complex in South East Asia. Next, visit Fort Cornwallis, the landing site of Captain Francis Light when he arrived to start the first British colony in Penang in 1786. The tour carries on with a visit to the water village of The Clan Jetties at Weld Quay, so named as residents of each jetty share a similar surname. Continue along to Pitt Street, also known as "The Street of Harmony". Here churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples are built side by side in harmonious existence for centuries. Visit the intricate Khoo Kong Si clan's house and enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, a still popular mode of transport in Georgetown. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is free. In the late evening, you can explore the nightlife along Batu Ferringhi, Penang style!
Day 9: Depart Penang to Bangkok
Transfer to Penang airport to fly to Bangkok. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 10: Half Day Grand Palace & Temple Tour SIC
Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendor and pageantry of the past.
Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.
Day 11: Full day Floating market & sampran Riverside
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a visit to the famous floating market in Ratchaburi Province. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal be dug here to connect the Mekong and Tachin rivers. The Floating Market is an ideal place to witness the traditional ways fruits and vegetables were sold and to see the way locals continue to use boats in their everyday lives. Continue to Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's highest stupa, then visit Sampran riverside village. Here you will have the chance to engage in a variety of Thai arts and crafts workshops, including pottery, martial arts, music and dance, food and herbs, weaving and silk processing. Later in the afternoon, return to your Bangkok hotel.
Day 12: Departure
After Breakfast, transfer to airport.