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Your adventure kicks-off in the big city hustle and bustle of Bangkok you’ll see ancient temples and neon lights in this blend of the ancient and the modern, visit the beach resort of Hua Hin and its fantastic Night Market, explore the island splendours of Penang, pausing to admire the vivid street art of Georgetown. You’ll travel to the gorgeous tea plantations of Malaysia, ending up in the city of Kuala Lumpur, which mixes so many Eastern cultures in one city. If you’re after an exciting multi-country travel experience through Thailand and Malaysia, then look no further.
Arrive BangkokWelcome to Thailand and the big city bustle of Bangkok! Your journey begins in this cosmopolitan capital city, where grand palaces peacefully sit next to neon nightclubs and chaotic city streets are contrasted by calm monks strolling about. Home to floating markets, glistening malls, golden temples and a nightlife scene like no other, it’s the perfect mix of modern and ancient that’s yours to explore over the next two days. After arriving and transferring to your hotel, you’ll meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers to chat through the adventures to come and indulge in your first tasty bites of Thailand’s incredible cuisine over dinner.Accommodation: Galleria 10
Bangkok SightseeingStart your sightseeing tour through Bangkok at the Grand Palace, the home of Thai royalty from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. This ornate complex will take your breath away as you soak in the dazzling display of intricate architecture, brightly-coloured facades, towering statues and the most important image of Buddha in Thailand. Then, prepare yourself for the best kind of sensory overload as you explore the maze-like streets of the busiest neighbourhood in Bangkok - Chinatown. Browse through stalls selling everything from Chinese herbal medicine to quirky desserts while salivating over the smells of grilled seafood. Continue on to visit the renowned Temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit, where you’ll be wowed by the world’s largest solid gold Buddha. Weighing in at five and a half tons, this image is made of 83% pure gold and is worth millions of dollars today. With your mind full of history, you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before enjoying an afternoon and evening spent your way. Adventure through the city on your own or consider joining our optional trip to visit Jim Thompson's House, an exquisite example of traditional Thai architecture.Accommodation: Galleria 10
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Bangkok Free DayToday is all yours to explore Bangkok your way! For a full day touring ancient sites, perhaps join us for an optional trip to Ayutthaya. You’ll get an early start to experience as much as possible, beginning with a visit to the pristine 17th-century Bang Pa-In Summer Palace where you’ll catch sight of traditional Chinese and European architecture favoured by former Thai kings. Swap royal digs for ruins as you head to Ayutthaya, also known as the ‘Ancient City’ and capital of Thailand for 400 years. Take a moment to reflect on the city’s past grandeur as a centre of commerce and global diplomacy as you wander amongst the fading temples, palaces and monasteries. Continue soaking up history with visits to the Wat Maha That, Wat Na Phra Mane and Wat Lokayasutharam temples, before heading to Wat Ching Lom Pier for your cruise back to Bangkok. Tuck into a tasty lunch while cruising the Chao Phraya River, catching sights like the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Arun. If you want to explore the city on your own, you can hit the city’s high-end shopping centres, unwind with a relaxing Thai massage or watch locals practice T’ai Chi at Lumpini Park.Accommodation: Galleria 10
Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Hua HinRise and shine, the most famous floating market in Thailand awaits! Journey to Damnoen Saduak, where locals and travellers gather to shop for handmade goods, indulge in delicious bites and soak in the buzzing atmosphere. Located on the country’s straightest and longest canal built by King Rama IV to make trade and transportation easier, the market is a flurry of traders selling fruits and vegetables out of traditional sampans (small boats). You’ll have plenty of time to wander through the market before getting up close to the action on a boat tour of the canal. Enjoy a lunch of local specialities before journeying on to the hip seaside city of Hua Hin, your home for the night, where you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or adventure through the exciting streets.Accommodation: Loligo Resort
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hua Hin SightseeingDive into the coastal charms of Hua Hin today to discover why this destination was a favourite getaway for Thai royals. You’ll start with a visit to Phra Nakhon Khiri, a stunning palace perched 100 metres above the city on Khao Wang Hill. This regal retreat was built by King Rama IV as a summer palace where he could indulge his interest in astronomy, and the compound is sure to amaze. You’ll definitely have to catch your breath as you gaze out over the forested hills, sparkling city and shimmering sea below! After the visit, tuck into lunch at a local restaurant before journeying into the depths of Khao Luang Cave, a cavern dotted with stalactites, intricate chedis and over 150 Buddha images. The quiet, laid back atmosphere is the perfect chance to decompress from the city bustle and soak in a dose of serenity. Head back to daylight in time to enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own. Kick your feet up and relax or make plans for the evening. Visiting the local night market is a must, with rows of vendors selling tasty seafood and all kinds of crafts.Accommodation: Loligo Resort
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hua Hin Free DayWith a full day to explore Hua Hin your way, there’s no shortage of adventures ahead. If you’re in the mood to relax, slip into your bathing suit and plop down on the soft sandy shores of a local beach. For an artistic experience, why not join us for an optional trip to the Baan Sillapin Artist Village and Monsoon Valley Vineyards. You’ll travel into the picturesque landscape of Hin Lek Fai Mountain to Baan Silapin, a complex bursting with creativity that’s home to an art gallery, studios, classrooms, displays and 15 artists who live on the property. Visiting the colourful galleries and studios is an indulgence for your eyes, and you’ll discover why many artists swap the busy life of Bangkok for the relaxed vibe of mountain life. With creative energy buzzing about, you’ll journey deeper into the countryside for a stop at Monsoon Valley Vineyards. While Thailand isn’t widely-known for wine production, you’ll get a taste of their up-and-coming scene as you tour the property, learn their wine-making process and sip a glass or two over a three-course lunch you’ll be reminiscing about all the way back to Hua Hin.Accommodation: Loligo Resort
Hua Hin - Bangkok - PenangAnother day, another country - it's time to explore Malaysia! Head back to Bangkok this morning to catch your flight to the melting pot of Penang. This small island has so much to experience, with buzzing cities, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a lively art scene, wild mountain landscapes, and warm coastal waters. A centre of diverse cultures, Penang is known as a culinary paradise where local food vendors compete to discover new flavour combinations — so make sure to bring your appetite! After arriving, you’ll transfer to your hotel and meet your Malaysian Travel Director, get a lay of the land and hear what exciting adventures are planned for you.Accommodation: Neo+
PenangGet ready to be wowed by the wonders of Penang today as you tour the island’s best sights, and some secret spots along the way. Kick off this day of adventure at the Penang Batik Handicraft Centre, where you’ll discover how Malaysian batik is made and admire the skill of artists as they stamp, draw and colour all types of designs from block prints to hand-drawn pieces. If you’re craving a cooling snack, pick up a piece of fruit from the nearby street stalls. Local farmers set up shop along the road, and there’s always a wide variety of native fruits and spices to try. Hop back into the coach to continue on to a quiet valley, where clusters of traditional Malay villages and paddy fields give a glimpse into what rural life is like for locals. Next, brace yourself for a stop at the famous Snake Temple, built in honour of the Buddhist monk Chor Soo Kong. Legend has it that he sheltered snakes, and when the temple was finished after his death, the snakes claimed it as their own. Just try not to jump when you see pit vipers coiled up at the temples and basking in the sun around the grounds. As you head back to the hotel, you’ll catch sight of the 13.5km-long Penang Bridge, one of the longest in Southeast Asia. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own, or perhaps come along for our optional trip to Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill. Here, you’ll visit the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia that’s also known for its rich biodiversity and many endangered plant species. Then, pass through hill farms and lush tropical jungles on a funicular ride to the top of Penang Hill, where you’ll be mesmerised by the sweeping view of Penang and Province of Wellesley 830 metres below. This evening, hop on a rickshaw to explore the colonial-era streets of George Town, keeping an eye out for the city’s vibrant murals and 19th century architecture. End the day with a delicious dinner of local specialities, where you’ll realise what all of the culinary buzz is about, before resting up for a full day of exploration tomorrow.Accommodation: Neo+
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Penang - Cameron HighlandsToday is full of incredible sights, so make sure to pack your camera and keep your eyes peeled. Kickstart your sightseeing with a drive past the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, St. George’s, before catching sight of The Goddess of Mercy Temple, Penang’s oldest Taoist temple. Hop out of the coach to explore on foot, walking around town to get up close to the amazing street art that shows the impressive creativity of Penang artists. You’ll then head to the ornate Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi, a small complex full of intricate wood and stone carvings that showcases the work of master craftsmen from China, before continuing on to Clan Jetty. Here, you’ll witness one of the last strongholds of old Chinese settlements in Penang, where various clans have created a thriving waterfront community and built houses on stilts. See which part of the jetty forms the Penang Heritage Trail before journeying on to the royal city of Kuala Kangsar by coach, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Feel the regal rush when you arrive at Kuala Kangsar and soak in the stunning golden domes, towering minarets and Italian marble design of Masjid Ubudiah. You’ll then travel into the Cameron Highlands, home to picturesque tea fields and your hotel for the night.Accommodation: Heritage
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Cameron HighlandsWaking up will be a real treat as you admire gorgeous views of lush tea plantations that roll across the landscape. This morning, you’ll take a sightseeing tour of Malaysia’s largest tea station to sip a cup of local tea whilst learning the process behind growing and harvesting. Fully energised, you’ll visit a Butterfly Farm to explore vast greenhouses filled with floating butterflies and tropical plants. Then, take a trip to a strawberry farm and a market, where you’ll find all of the local specialities under one roof. Stop off in the backpacker town of Tanah Rata to grab lunch on your own before heading back to your hotel, travelling through acres and acres of rolling green fields on the way.Accommodation: Heritage
Cameron Highlands - Kuala LumpurEnjoy a final view of the countryside this morning as you journey into the urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s captivating capital city. Commonly called ‘KL’, this modern city is made of bustling street markets, towering skyscrapers and Mogul architecture. After arriving there, you’ll head straight to the 88 storey Petronas Towers – the city’s most striking icon and the tallest twin buildings in the world – to visit the 170 metre high Skybridge and the 370 metre high observation deck. The sprawling city below is sure to take your breath away. Head back down to ground level for a guided tour to visit the King’s Palace, the Royal Selangor Club and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, one of the earliest Moorish-style buildings in the city. Spend the rest of the day as you choose or consider joining our optional trip to Chinatown this evening, where you’ll wander through the night markets, bargain for goods, explore the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and tuck into a tasty Malay dinner.Accommodation: Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Free DaySpend the last full day of your Thailand and Malaysia value tour exploring your way, with a free day to soak in the cosmopolitan sensations of Kuala Lumpur. If you'd like to browse trendy shops and independent labels, consider checking out the neighbourhoods of Bangsar or Pubika. You can also wander around Chinatown, the birthplace of the city, or head to Central Market to pick up handmade local goods. If you’re keen for a final dose of history, perhaps choose to join our optional trip to Malacca to experience the town’s colonial past. Formally ruled by the Portuguese, British and Dutch, the town is a mix of local culture and former colonial influence. Soak it all in with a visit to the pink-coloured Stadthuys built by the Dutch and the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia. Enjoy a traditional Peranakan Nyonya lunch before heading back to the hotel. Rest up before travelling tomorrow or enjoy your final night with an optional dinner of delicious Asian oriental food.Accommodation: Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
Depart Kuala LumpurYour two-week trip full of extraordinary experiences will stay with you as your journey comes to an end today. We hope you’re leaving Malaysia with a full heart and memories of rolling green tea plantations, gorgeous architecture and some of the tastiest meals of your life as you transfer to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for your onward flight.
- 3 Dinner (D)
- 12 Breakfast (B)
- 4 Lunch (L)
- : Visit the Grand Palace, Chinatown and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
- : Visit Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace and Khao Luang Cave
- : Visit the Floating Market
- : Visit the Batik Handicraft Centre, Snake Temple, the Chinese clan house Khoo Kongsi and see Georgetown's amazing street art
- : Visit Ubudiah Mosque
- : Visit Malaysia's largest tea station, a butterfly farm, local market and strawberry farm
- : Visit the Petronas Towers, view the King's Palace, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Royal Selangor Club
- : Flight Bangkok to Penang
- : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
- : Cherry picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
- : City orientation tours
- : Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- : Luxury air-conditioned coach
- : Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
- : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
- Flight Bangkok to Penang
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
- Cherry picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Many meals and daily breakfasts included
- City orientation tours
- Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
- On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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Costsaver asks that you please take personal responsibility for your wellbeing. This begins with packing any personal protective equipment and sanitizers you require. Please adopt physical distancing and hygiene practises throughout your pre-trip travel arrangements and follow all health instruction whether physical signage, or requests from the professional staff once you are vacationing.Expertly Trained Travel Directors
Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Costsaver will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.Stringent On-the-Road Protocols
The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Costsaver have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.A Full Team of Support 24/7
It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.Physical Distancing
Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards
Costsaver is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Costsaver does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Costsaver only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.Always in the Know
As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Costsaver is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.
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The price point of this trip far EXCEEDED my expectations. Excellent value. Friendly and professional staff from the booking agent to the tourguide.
I would recommend Costsaver. All hotels and meals were as expected. Our tour guide was wonderful.
Trip was well organized. Guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions that the group had. Very professional and courteous. Our driver was very good.
This was an awesome trip! It exceeded my expectations and the bus driver and tour director could not have been any better! They were both great! I look forward to traveling on another Costsaver Tour!!
I had a wonderful time with this trip. The travel director set up the tone and pace of the trip is the best. He was never flustered and gave us updates. Our drivers superb driving kept us safe. We were given keepsakes and snacks from different regions we visited and it was a pleasure to have these. The tour was fantastic. It was hectic, but was well organized. We were 40 travellers and we had a blast. Hope to travel with you soon.
This was a great trip. It included things that I never would have chosen on my own that I really enjoyed. The tour director was great. I would use CostSaver again. Great value.
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Steve our travel director is excellent! He went above & beyond to give us a trip of a Lifetime. Very well organized and had some fun activities while on the road to make our ride time less boring. Very professional and courteous but treat everyone like Family. Very knowledgeable about geography & history of the places we were visiting. Our driver Giuseppe has a top knotch driving skills and very professional and courteous. Keeping us all safe on the road as well as helping everybody while getting off the bus. And looking out for our luggage's safety. I would definitely recommend to my friends & Family and I will book a trip with Costsaver again.
Hotels were even better than expectrd. We saw do many and wonderful attractions.
The trip itinerary was very detailed. From the booking to the end of my trip I was totally satisfied. It was my second trip, but I think I will book my future trips again. The trip director and all local guides were very knowledgeable and had great sense of humor, never boring. The optional excursions were excellent.
If people would ask me if I got my money's worth, I would reply that I got much much more than my money's worth. My trip was beyond wonderful, beyond amazing, beyond breathtaking.... Trent Plaine gave great background history of every country we visited; he took us to places morning noon and night... if there were places on the way out of a country he'd have us visit them and stop for great views. He was knowledgeable on flavors, food... the road trip was fantabulous!
The trip was well organized,the director Annarika is excellent in all aspects .our driver Marco is excellent too.They are both highly recommended in the fields they chose.In my next travel I wish I will be with them again.
Another excellent trip from start to finish. I am looking forward to my next trip already!!
We had a great experience with this company on this tour and would recommend this trip to anyone.
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