Southeast Asia is a region of rich history, dynamic ethnic interaction, and charming landscape unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences that will leave them with a deep impression. On this journey, you will visit Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Each of the three countries teems with its own national identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Asian civilization. You will be amazed at how cities and areas differ vastly yet express similar cultural values and ideas.
This journey begins in Singapore, a city-country lies at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula in Southeast Asia. It’s been called “Garden City” since the country is blanketed with nature in the form of parks and nature reserves. On the flip side, the view of Singapore’s skyscrapers is well-known as well, and provides beautiful modern scenery, especially when viewed across the water at night from near the famous Merlion statue. With its irresistible mix natural parks and man-made gardens, tropical and sunny climate, and amazing shopping opportunities, Singapore is the perfect destination for visitors of all ages.
Travel by luxury coach to Malacca, Malaysia, a place makes one feel like going back in time for 600 years. Parameswara, a Hindu Prince from Palembang who later converted to Islam in 1402, founded Melaka. The Portuguese, Dutch and English had also ruled Melaka. The ruins and buildings of these foreign powers can still be seen today, in the midst of the fast developing but carefully planned urban development.
Travel by land again to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s national capital and most populous city with ordered skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture and lots of greenery. The city also bursts to exotic life with mosques and temples side-by-side with street markets and towering high-rises. Plus, if you need more reason to love this place there is the food – with thousands of restaurants serving every imaginable type of food to suit every budget.
Drive to Cameron Highlands, one of the most popular hill resort towns in the country. This highland paradise still retains much of the charm of an English village, and it attracts those who want to escape the hot weather of lowlands. You will find an abundance of vegetable and fruit farms dotted all over the highlands, and sight of tea plantations and beautiful flowers. Located at about 1500 metres above sea-level, the weather here remains at the lower 20′s most of the time.
Travel by air to Chiang Mai, Thailand, for an exciting exploration of this region including a memorable elephant camp experience. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, yet only has a population of around 200,000. With exquisite temples, historic ruins, colorful hill tribes, and exotic local markets, it is easy to see why both Thai people in Bangkok international visitors love to visit Chiang Mai for a getaway, a holiday, or a relaxing vacation.
The last stop on your tour is Bangkok, Thailand and enjoys privately guided tours to the royal palace, national monuments, temples and urban markets. Visit other important historic sites and interesting neighborhoods during your free day in this the capital of Thailand. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with actions at every turn; marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a long tail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Also enjoy an excursion to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam.
Fly back from Bangkok on your homebound flight.