Bangkok to Kuta on a Shoestring
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Ever dreamt of an adventure which takes you from the infectious buzz of Bangkok to ancient Indonesian temples, and from the spine-tingling sunrise vistas of Mt. Bromo to the white-sand beaches of Bali? Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring definitely fits the bill, with ancient culture, friendly locals, blissful beaches, vibrant cities infused with a mesmerising blend of spirituality and unforgettable beauty. Get lost in Bangkok’s busy backstreets, be dazzled by Penang’s colourful bazaars and night markets, try a world-famous Singapore Sling and marvel at the majesty of Mt. Bromo. Along the way, you can slurp down everything from rice noodles and Pad Thai in Bangkok to peanut satay in Indonesia.

  • Duration: 28 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126965
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Kuta, Indonesia
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Kuta



Day 1: Bangkok

The city has so many options for sightseeing, those who arrive early will have plenty to fill the day. The best way to get around Bangkok is by water taxi, as the streets are often crowded with traffic. From the Chao Phraya River, enjoy an excellent view of the vast metropolis.

Consider taking a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok—the life that goes on along these canals seems like a different world. Visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha and consider getting a traditional Thai massage here at the school in the temple. If not at Wat Pho, be sure to get a massage at one of the many spas near the hotel.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, or arrange a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. Enjoy some free time ahead of boarding the sleeper train to Surat Thani, the gateway to the south.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)


Day 3: Surat Thani/Ko Samui Island

Lying off of Thailand's east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a tropical retreat: white-sand beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters.

Ferry (3.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Ko Samui Island (1B, 1L)

Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park. Take in the views and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.

Included Activities:
Ang Thong Marine Park Island Hopping Tour


Day 5: Ko Samui Island (1B)

Free day to explore Koh Samui.


Day 6: Ko Samui Island/George Town (1B)

Cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient".

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Malaysia)

Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 7: George Town

Full day in Penang.


Day 8: George Town/Cameron Highlands

Board a private bus and head for the hills! Enjoy the view from the lowlands through to mountainous terrain.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Cameron Highlands

Full day in Cameron Highlands. Take a walk along one of the many well marked trails, visit the tea plantations or just relax and enjoy the cooler temperatures!


Day 10: Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel.

Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)


Day 11: Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a full day in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Just outside of town, to the north, are the famous Batu Caves and the Orang Asli Museum. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisine, some of the best in South East Asia. Bargain hunt among the stalls of Chinatown's night market and don't forget to visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.


Day 12: Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

Visit the old port town of Melaka, wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of this historically important town. The streets of Chinatown are lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore.

Local bus (3.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Melaka/Singapore

In the morning cross the Straits of Johore and onto the island of Singapore. Tonight opt to visit the world famous night safari, take in a harbour cruise around Boat Quay or sample some mouth watering local food at one of the many hawker street stands.

Wander the streets of Little India and Chinatown for a great way to see the old parts of the city.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malaysia - Singapore)

Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)


Day 14: Singapore/Jakarta (1B)

There may be some travellers leaving the tour in Singapore and others joining in Jakarta.

Plane (4.00 hour(s))


Day 15: Jakarta/Cianjur (1B)

Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to teach English to local children. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay.

Additional Notes:
Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay. The homestay is located on the outer ring of Cianjur, and accommodation is multi-share.

Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))


Day 16: Cianjur/Bandung (1B)

Depart the homestay and travel to the sprawling city of Bandung, Indonesia's third largest city.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 17: Bandung/Yogyakarta (1B)

Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.

Train (7.00 hour(s))


Day 18: Yogyakarta

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.


Day 20: Yogyakarta/Ngadas (1B, 1D)

Begin the day with the train journey to Malang. On arrival in Malang, transfer to a private vehicle for about an hour to reach Ngadas.
Upon arrival in the village, meet your hosts and settle into the homestay. In the evening, enjoy a dinner of local fare before gathering at the home of one of the community leaders to learn more about the region's customs and history.

Included Activities:
Ngadas Homestay

Local train (7.00-8.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 21: Desa Ngadas/Bromo (1B, 1L)

After an early breakfast, say good bye to your hosts and explore more of the village on an included walk. Then begin the trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through a G Adventures-supported capacity building program. Opt to hike to the volcano's crater before continuing to the hotel.

Included Activities:
Village Walk
Ancestor Trail Trek
Mount Bromo Crater Walk


Day 22: Bromo/Red Island (1B)

A pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to watch the sunrise over the crater's rim is a must, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.

Included Activities:
Sunrise Walk to Mount Bromo Viewpoint

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 23: Red Island (1B)

Enjoy a surf lesson in the morning, then use free time to explore the nearby fishing village, do some more surfing or chill out in a hammock.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson


Day 24: Red Island/Pemuteran (1B)

Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park.

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 25: Pemuteran (1B)

Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.


Day 26: Pemuteran/Ubud (1B, 1L)

Today's drive is a journey, highlighting the spectacular natural diversity and intense cultural wealth that makes Bali such a sought after destination.

Our journey takes us across the island of Bali, through the rich tropical jungle, passing by idyllic terraced rice fields, and quaint scenes of local village life. We then arrive at our overnight destination – culturally-rich Ubud.

Included Activities:
Bali Community Training Lunch Program

Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours)


Day 27: Ubud/Kuta (1B)

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore or relax, before travelling to lively Kuta.

Private Vehicle


Day 28: Kuta (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour
    • Orientation to the walking trails of the Cameron Highlands
    • Orientation walk of Bandung
    • G Adventures-supported community homestay (Ngadas)
    • Ngadas village walk
    • Ancestor Trail trek
    • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP
    • Mt Bromo crater walk
    • Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint
    • Surf lesson
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Bali Community Training Lunch Program
    • Street food crawl
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (22 nts), surf camp dorms (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 19 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, flight
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo
  • Hike through rice terraces
  • Sample java from its namesake island
  • Chill out on stunning beaches
  • Discover the cultural side of Indonesia