Today I finished the South East Asia leg of my 2012-13 World Trip. Visiting three countries over the last 2 weeks and 4 days; Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. For most of that time I was a member of a G Adventure tour group. I highly recommend G Adventure they are a great company that looks after you and they seem to attract good customers / travellers.
We had a diverse group age wise with 2 couples. Only 3 guys with me being the only single one does seem to be a trend of these track of adventure tours with most young guys going the backpacking route.
There were a lot of highlights including;
Night zoo safari, an Elephant ride, patting a tiger, kayaking in the sea and via dark caves, hiking in the highlands of Malaysia, watching a Shadow Puppet Show, visiting the stunning Batu Caves and watching fireflies light up trees like it was Christmas, Kuala Lumpur Towers at night and the beach resort in Koh Phangan which included a massage on the beach, Muay Thai Kickboxing
I was extremely lucky with the weather, it only rained at night never really effecting any activity. That said it is extremely hot and humid over here. You also have to get used to variable standards of facilities like toilets (which you pay for in public areas). The overnight train was much better than I expected and at most markets I was hassled as much as I thought I would be.
1) South East Asia Facebook Photos (Part 1)
2) South East Asia Facebook Photos (Part 2)
3) South East Asia Facebook Photos (Part 3)
Day 01 – Singapore. Highlights: Business class lounge and lie flat seat
Day 02 – Singapore. Highlights: Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo Night Safari
Day 03 – Singapore. Highlights: Jurong Bird Park, Listening to AFL Grand Final
Day 04 – Melaka. Highlights: Trishaw ride, Taoism Temple
Day 05 – Kuala Lumpur. Highlights: Petronas Towers, Chinese Night market, Reggae Bar
Day 06 – Kuala Lumpur. Highlights: National Palace, National Monument, National Mosque, Freedom Square, Batu Caves, Pewter Factory, Silver leafed monkeys and Fireflies
Day 07 – Kuala Lumpur. Highlights: Petronas Twin Towers and drive to Cameron Highlands
Day 08 – Cameron Highlands. Highlights: Tea Plantation, hiking in the forest, relaxing at the waterfall.
Day 09 – Penang. Highlights: Penang Hill, cocktails with the girls
Day 10 – Nakhon Si Thammarat. Highlights: Shadow Puppet Show
Day 11 – Koh Samui. Highlights: Elephant ride, Patting a tiger, Ferry crossing to Koh Samui
Day 12 – Koh Samui. Highlights: Ang Thong National Marine Park, Kayaking in the Gulf of Thailand
Day 13 – Koh Panghan. Highlights: Fun in the sun, Aroma Massage, Hiking, BBQ seafood, Chinese Lanterns.
Day 14 – Koh Panghan. Highlights: Crazy truck drive, overnight train to Bangkok.
Day 15 – Bangkok. Highlights: Royal Temple of Wat Po, Canal Ride, Farewelling group members.
Day 16 – Bangkok. Highlights: Jim Thompson House and Museum, Shopping at MBK, Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing).
Day 17- Bangkok. Highlights: Trip to old capital Ayutthaya, visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, with a river cruise back to Bangkok