Singapore & Malaysia: A Journey through Southeast Asia

12 days
Travel from bustling city streets to pristine shorelines, taking in some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting cultures along the way. Stand in awe of Singapore’s world-class amenities and futuristic innovation before retreating into nature in Borneo, where dense jungles harbor impressive animal life. Round out your trip in cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur to see how deep-rooted traditions intersect with the present-day.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 30 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Singapore today.

Singapore 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Singapore

Land in Singapore, an island nation of diverse cultures, and settle in to your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Singapore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Singapore on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Cruise along the Singapore River in a traditional bumboat 

• Head to Merlion Park to view the half-fish, half-lion statue that represents Singapore’s history as a fishing village and its original name that meant “lion city”

• Drive past downtown landmarks, including the Civic District, Padang, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall

• Stop at Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown, which features both a Taoist and a Buddhist temple

• Wander through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, home to over 1,000 orchid species

This evening, hop aboard a three-wheeled trishaw and wind through Little India to the landmark Raffles Hotel. Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner before exploring the nearby night markets during free time.

Sarawak, Borneo 4 nights

Day 4: Flight to Borneo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, where you’ll enjoy dinner with your group in the capital, Kuching.

Day 5: Bako National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Bako Village where you’ll board a boat to Bako National Park, located on a peninsula with small coves and beaches. The park’s dramatically biodiverse vegetation, which includes mangroves and kerangas (heath) forests, is home to an abundance of impressive wildlife. Keep your eyes open for monkeys, wild boar, lizards and more.

Day 6: Semenggoh Wildlife Centre & Sarawak village visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, make your way to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre within the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. This rehabilitation center cares for endangered animals and trains orphaned or rescued orangutans how to survive in wild. 

• Get to know more about the refuge and the work it has done since being established in 1975 during an introduction with the rangers

• Take a short trail walk to watch the orangutans in their natural habitat

Later, transfer to a traditional Sarawak village for a peek at the local life of the Bidayuh people.  

• View authentic bamboo and wooden longhouses

• Learn about village life and everyday tasks—such as basketry, parang (knife) making, weaving, rice wine brewing and fruit farming—as you interact with locals

Day 7: River cruise & Satang Island visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Marvel at more of Borneo’s fascinating wildlife on today’s guided tour.

• Look out for Irrawaddy dolphins as you take a boat cruise from the Santubong and Salak Rivers to Satang Island in the South China Sea (Please note: From October through February, you’ll enjoy a Gunung Gading National Park Rafflesia Safari in place of the cruise and Satang Island visit.)

• Pay a visit to the island’s turtle hatchery where you may see green turtles, one of the largest species of sea turtle, and critically endangered hawksbill turtles

• Enjoy free time to snorkel or simply relax on white-sand beaches before heading back to the mainland, spotting birds at Pulau Tukong Ara island en route

Kuala Lampur 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Flight to Kuala Lumpur

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This afternoon, fly to Malaysia’s federal capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Malacca & river cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to Malacca, where you’ll set off on a guided walking tour through the UNESCO-recognized city center. 

• Take note of the city’s architecture, which includes terra-cotta structures, Dutch-style buildings and Portuguese influences

• Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Jonker Street market

• Admire impressive architecture as you cruise along the Malacca River 

• Disembark for a short tour at a traditional kampung, or Malaysian village

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your Tour Director for a guided tour of Kuala Lumpur, a dynamic city home to both heritage sites and futuristic skyscrapers.

• Visit Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens and the busy Central Market

• Drive through Chinatown and Little India

• View the Moorish architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building

• See the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world

Tonight, take in 360-degree views as you celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner atop Kuala Lumpur Tower, one of the city’s highest skyscrapers.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning exploring on your own or add an excursion.

In the evening, transfer to the airport and board your overnight flight home. If you are continuing on the post-tour extension, board your flight to Bali this afternoon.

Optional Excursion - Batu Caves and Malaysian Crafts $29pp* Details

Head to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to learn about pewter craftsmanship at the most modern pewter factory in the world, and see casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving firsthand. Next, stop at a Batik cloth factory for a demonstration before heading on to the inspiring Batu Caves. Named for the nearby Batu River, the chain of limestone caves and cavernous Hindu temples are among the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. Honoring Lord Murugan, the massive caves are lit up for a mystical ambiance, and frequently feature the music of Hindu ceremonies taking place. At the entrance to the caves stands an elaborate, gold-painted Hindu statue. Macaque monkeys call the site home, as do rare fauna and bats that live inside tucked-away corners of the jagged rock formations.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

Add Bali Starting from $899 pp

This Indonesian province is as close to paradise as you can get. Rooted in Hinduism and with an appreciation for art, Bali’s calming culture provides the ideal backdrop to end your journey through Southeast Asia.

Bali, Indonesia 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Travel to Bali

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Bali, Indonesia this afternoon and settle into your beachfront abode.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Bali

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Uncover the ins and outs of eastern Bali on a guided tour.

• Stop at the historical Klungkung Palace, and step inside the Hall of Justice, famous for the painted stories on its ceiling

• Head up to Mount Agung, Bali’s largest volcano

• Enter the revered Mother Temple of Besakih

• Eat lunch at a local restaurant overlooking rice paddy fields

• Visit a spice plantation

• Explore Pura Goa Lawah, a cavernous Hindu temple

Day 13: Free day in Bali

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Bali on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ubud Cultural Tour $75pp* Details

Pass by breathtaking green landscapes and rice paddy fields as you drive to Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub and one of the settings of the book “Eat, Pray, Love.” Visit the Gunung Kawi, an 11th-century temple complex nestled into the face of a cliff and set against the lush countryside. Then, stop in Tegallalang for a photo of the village’s rice terraces. Next, make friends with macaques and explore the jungles and temples at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. After an included lunch, browse Balinese paintings and woodcarving works at the Puri Lukisan Museum, the oldest art museum in Ubud.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to your dayroom before boarding your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Singapore and Malaysia (plus Indonesia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return. 

  • We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.

  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling to Singapore and Malaysia (or Indonesia on the tour extension).

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country's consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of small boats and ferries.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in  Singapore and depart from Kuala Lumpur (or from Bali on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • The tour extension also includes a flight from Kuala Lampur to Bali.

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. We recommend that you limit your baggage to under 44lbs to avoid charges on included flights on this tour.

  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

 * Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities 

  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Singapore or Malaysia (or Indonesia on the tour extension).

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications may be banned in one or all of the countries on this tour. Importing these drugs can carry severe consequences, including imprisonment. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in all countries you will visit.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.


  • Malaysian cuisine is a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Arabian cuisine. Popular dishes include rice, noodles and curries. Due to the region’s various religions, vegetarian dishes are usually available. Different meats options are abundant, including beef, chicken, pork and goat, as well as various shellfish and seafood. A year-round growing season allows for many fruits and vegetables, including specialties such as the durian, lychee and mangosteen. 

  • Singaporean cuisine has many similarities with other Southeast Asian traditions, but with additional influences of English, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Philippine cultures. Singapore’s restaurant scene is highly regarded and is a major attraction for foodies all over the world. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Singapore and Malaysia operate on 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 

  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

  • The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.



  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Singapore and Malaysia are 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 

  • When it’s 9am in New York, it’s 9pm the same day in Singapore and Malaysia.


  • You will use the Singaporean dollar in Singapore and the Malaysian ringgit in Malaysia (plus the Indonesian Rupiah on the tour extension).

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available abroad, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

  • (Tour extension) Please note that counterfeiting can be an issue in Bali. Some establishments will accept U.S. dollars, but often only if they are in good condition and issued after 1996.


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

History, Culture, Resort Living

Excellent tour, combined Malaysian, British Colonial, Indian and Chinese history and culture with some resort living. The hotels were high quality. The guides were very good. The included meals were buffet style so dietary preferences could be accommodated. You will appreciate the Cameron Highlands with its dense vegetation more if you use Google to find some the articles on the mysterious disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1967. Thompson, whose home is now a popular museum in Bangkok, was a former CIA agent who revitalized the Thai silk industry. You can see the top of Midnight Bungalow where he was staying from the Strawberry Park Resort. I wish I had had gone for dinner at Ye Olde Smokehouse in Tanah Rata where Thompson had dinner. Episodes 9 of last fall's The Amazing Race (Season 25)was filmed in Singapore. It can be watched on the Internet.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

So much to see!

Thirteen days only scratches the surface of this interesting area. Cosmopolitan Singapore jams fabulous gardens, old town, sculpture, museums and creative architecture into its small size. The hotel was located on the edge of Chinatown and either walking or public transport was easy. Walking is safe, even at night. Having wonderful Chinese New Year decorations still up was an added bonus. Across the bridge in Malaysia, things are a bit different as it is an Islamic country but with Asian influences. Even though the heat and humidity were very high and the sun was to be avoided at all costs, modesty is the order of the day in most places. None of this slowed us down. Our tireless guide, Sunny, started early so that we could visit outdoor sites before the hottest part of the day. We went to indoor things in the afternoon. Sunny was good at rearranging the schedule as necessary for our convenience, and he knew everybody, everywhere. The early trading ports were interesting mixtures of the various cultures which interacted along the coast. The Cameron Highlands were a refreshing change from the heat and humidity as well as interesting and beautiful. Tea plantations and factory, rain forest walk and mountains were great.