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Singapore & Malaysia: A Journey through Southeast Asia

with Bali extension
  • Duration: 12 or 17 days
  • Group size: 15-30
  • Reviews: 9
Discover the mystique of Singapore and Malaysia.

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.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners, select meals with beer
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Thian Hock Keng Temple
  • Singapore Botanic Garden
  • Bako National Park
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
  • Satang Island
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Singapore today.

Singapore2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Singapore

Welcome to Singapore! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in.

Please note: Some flights may arrive early in the morning on day three.

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 a landmark hotel. Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner before exploring the nearby night markets during free time.

Sarawak, Borneo4 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

Kuala Lampur3 nights
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.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: 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.

Batu Caves and Malaysian Crafts
Excursion (additional cost)
Arrive Home
Day 12: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

Extension to Bali

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, Indonesia3 nights
Day 11: Travel to Bali
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Bali, Indonesia this afternoon and settle in to 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 meal: Breakfast

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

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Ubud Cultural Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to your dayroom before boarding your overnight flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 15: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

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1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Sep 15–Sep 26, 2019
Extension available
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$2,649$2,549
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Reviews
4.3 average
by 9th time traveler 

This was a fabulous trip! My most important suggestion would be to add another day in Singapore. There is so much to see and do! I arrived one day early so I had the opportunity to see more of this most interesting city/state. I recommend seeing both Gardens By the Bay and taking the Night time safa...

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Had a great time!
by 3rd time traveler 

I ENJOYED the food! at each meal I had some chinese, thai, malay, indian and all other variation of Asian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our tour guides were very accommodating to changing the schedule if we all consented. If it's rainy in Kuching that day for the nature hike then we sh...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/08/2018

Dear Sharon, Thank you for your lovely review! We ...

by 5th time traveler 

We were very surprised that we did not have a tour director on this trip - and I believe the experience was negatively affected by that. There was some confusion about schedules and no general trip information beyond what the local guide was responsible for. I know that many guests were uncomforta...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/09/2018

Dear Mary, Thank you for leaving us your honest fe...

by 26th time traveler 

No single tour guide for the tour, We had 4 different guides. One for each location. All of whom were excellent. Not enough time in Singapore, Too much time in Borneo. Kuala Lumpur was very nice while Bali was not very nice.

Can't wait to go back!
by 3rd time traveler 

I thoroughly enjoyed Singapore, Malaysia + the Bali extension on this tour. I did a pre-night in Singapore, which certainly helped to have more time there. About the tour itself: Pros: 1. It is an ambitious itinerary, which means that you get see a lot given the short time frame. Loved ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/18/2017

Thank you so much for your feedback! We are very g...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This historic hotel is located in the Kampung Attap neighborhood. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a tea lounge, and a piano bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Kuala...

Hilton Kuching

This pleasant hotel is located on the Kuching Waterfront. Guests enjoy a fitness room, pool, and room service. Nearby, you'll find the Sarawak River, ...

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

This modern hotel is located in Tanglin, Singapore. Guests enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and a spa. Nearby, you'll find Singapore Botanic Gar...

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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 Tours arrive in Singapore and depart from Kuala Lumpur (or from Bali on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours 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 our 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).
Health
  • 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 [cdc.gov](https://www/cdc.gov).
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • 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.
Connectivity
  • 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 is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Singapore and Malaysia do not observe daylight saving time.
  • When it’s 9am in New York, it’s 9pm the same day in Singapore and Malaysia from November through March, and 10pm the same day from April through October.
  • On the tour extension, the area of Indonesia you will be visiting is on Indonesian Standard Time, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Indonesia does not observe daylight saving time.
  • When it’s 9am in New York, it’s 9pm the same day in Bali on the tour extension from November through March, and 10pm the same day from April through October.
Currency
  • 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.
  • On the 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.
Tipping
  • 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Sep 15–Sep 26, 2019
Extension available
Call to book
$2,649$2,549
Only 9 spots left!