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  • Intrepids real life experiences in south-east asia

    With steamy rainforests, spectacular ruins, inviting beaches and stunning modern cityscapes, the contrasts of South-East Asia will surely captivate.

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  • MALAYSIA BORNEO

    PHILIPPINES

    TIMOR LESTE

    THAILAND

    SINGAPORE

    Bangkok

    Ubud

    Dili

    KuchingMedan

    INDONESIA

    Kota Kinabalu

    Manila

    Kuala Lumpur

    Phuket

    Chiang Mai

    Miri

    Ko Samui

    JakartaBALI

    Sabah Adventurepage : 48, TMSC

    Have an unforgettable encounter at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The soulful eyes of these wild men of Borneo are sure to melt hearts.

    Orangutan Encounter

    Beautiful Thailandpage : 32, TTSN

    Be a guest of our local friends and be treated to a khantohk dinner followed by a dance from the kids. Being a part of life here is an incredible privilege.

    Village Homestay

    Singapore to Bangkok page : 44, TMSN

    Get a taste of old Penang. Forgo new motorbike taxis and explore the area from the back of a trishaw. Once a family trade, trishaws are now a dying breed.

    Trishaw Riding

    Indonesia Explorerpage : 51, TIRE

    Dress warmly to climb Mt Bromo before dawn. Reach the peak in time for sunrise, where spectacular views will more than make up for the early start.

    Steamy Start

    Photo Competition, House on the water, Sabah, Borneo - David Fok

  • 32 Thailand

    Beautiful ThailandPhySICal

    CulTuRal

    ITINERaRy... Day 1 Bangkok Get among the energy of this

    exciting capital. Take a stroll down famous Khao San Road, stop

    off to slurp a fiery Thai curry or check out the lively bar scene.

    This is one city that definitely knows how to have fun. Days 2-4

    Kanchanaburi/River Kwai Trade Bangkoks busy streets for

    its lively waterways and take a longtail boat cruise down the

    Chao Phraya River. See all 46 metres of the tremendous reclining

    Buddha at Wat Pho. Hit the road bound for Kanchanaburi, home

    to the Bridge over the River Kwai. Visit the Jeath War Museum

    then head out of town to swim beneath the seven-tiered waterfall

    at Erawan National Park. Theres even a chance to kayak back to

    town, paddling under the infamous Death Railway Bridge. Day 5

    ayuthaya This ancient capital of Siam boasts beautiful temples.

    Wat Phra Mahathat is a highlight, while fortunes are revealed

    at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Enjoy them both on a guided tour.

    Later, board an overnight train heading north. Days 6-7 Chiang

    Mai In free time, shop for mementos at the famous Night Bazaar

    or hone culinary skills at a cooking class. Hail a songthaew to

    the temple complex of Doi Suthep for memorable views of this

    northern city. Day 8 Doi Mae Salong/Elephant Camp Ride

    through the jungle on an elephant, then explore the caves at

    Chiang Dao en route to the town of Doi Mae Salong. Day 9

    homestay Experience village life with Intrepids long-time friends

    on an overnight stay. In the evening, enjoy a traditional khantohk

    dinner accompanied by a dance performance by the local school

    kids. Days 10-11 hilltribe Trek Hike through remote villages

    and discover diverse hilltribe cultures. Stay in simple huts and trek

    through rural terrain, past lush rice terraces carved into the hills.

    Day 12 Chiang Rai Stop by colourful Mae Sai on the way to the

    border junction between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the

    fascinating House of Opium for a deeper insight into the Golden

    Triangles problematic past. Day 13 Chiang Mai Why not enjoy a

    traditional Thai massage before an overnight train journey back to

    the capital? Days 14-15 Bangkok Back in the city, get lost looking

    for a bargain in the extensive Chatuchak Weekend Market or soak

    up the sights and sounds of vibrant Chinatown.

    Take a longtail boat along the khlongs

    admire the golden Buddha at Wat Pho

    Cool off under falls in Erawan National Park

    See the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai

    have your fortune read in ayuthaya

    Ride an elephant in Chiang Mai

    Float downstream on a bamboo raft

    Enjoy culinary delights at a khantohk dinner

    Trek through remote hilltribe villages

    Pay a visit to the Golden Triangle

    15 days, ex BangkokDeparts every Sunday

    DEPARTUREGUARANTEED

    aCCOMMODaTION Hotel/guesthouse (8 nts), homestay (1 nt), hilltribe village (2 nts), overnight train (2 nts), rafthouse (1 nt) TRaNSPORT Overnight train, minibus, longtail boat, local bus, songthaew, elephant, cycle rickshaw GROuP SIZE Max 12 MEalS 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners BuDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPaRTS Every Sun GuaRaNTEE Departure guaranteed CaRBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 416 kg pp per trip TRaVEllER RaTING 4.76 out of 5

    Above: Akha woman, Thailand - Josef Muellek Below: Row of Buddhas, Ayuthaya, Thailand - Luciano Mortula

    OrIgInalTRIP CODE TTSN

    Exceptional. The variety of activities and the places we visited in two weeks was fantastic. I saw the Thailand I expected and the Thailand I never knew about.

    Daniel Williams, United Kingdom Travelled on the TTSN

    For trip notes, availability and more, enter the trip code at intrepidtravel.com

  • 33 Thailand

    Marvel at ornate Wat arun in Bangkok

    Cruise to idyllic islands

    Chill out by the sea

    Snorkel among colourful reefs

    Sip cocktails on sandy beaches

    Ramble through Bangkok in a tuk-tuk

    See Chiang Mais sunset atop Doi Suthep

    Try to snare a bargain in a night bazaar

    Meet locals on a hilltribe trek

    Enjoy northern hospitality at a rural homestay

    Traverse through lush highlands

    Experience ancient and modern Thai culture

    Colourful longtail boat, Thailand - Nikolay Okhitin

    Photo Competition, Eye to eye with a cobra, Bangkok, Thailand - Gary Lee

    aCCOMMODaTION Hotel/guesthouse (7 nts east coast, 5 nts west coast), bungalow (2 nts west coast), overnight train (1 nt) TRaNSPORT Overnight train, train, ferry or boat, local bus, songthaew GROuP SIZE Max 12 MEalS East coast: 1 Lunch. West coast: 2 Lunches BuDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPaRTS Every Sun & selected Fri GuaRaNTEE Departure guaranteed CaRBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 249 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRaVEllER RaTING 4.72 out of 5

    aCCOMMODaTION Hotel/guesthouse (3 nts), hilltribe village (2 nts), overnight train (2 nts) TRaNSPORT Overnight train, songthaew, elephant GROuP SIZE Max 12 MEalS 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners BuDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPaRTS Every Thu & Sat GuaRaNTEE Departure guaranteed CaRBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 165 kg pp per trip TRaVEllER RaTING 4.87 out of 5

    Thailand Beaches

    Essential Thailand

    ITINERaRy... Days 1-2 Bangkok Fast-paced and fascinating,

    Bangkoks chaotic streets are a travellers delight. Head out to Wat

    Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, to see its ornate Khmer-style tower.

    Take the overnight train to Surat Thani. For trips May-Oct (East

    Coast)... Days 3-4 Ko Pha-Ngan Chilled out and picturesque,

    this island getaway is the perfect place to escape for an idyllic

    beach break. Wander through fishing villages, discover temples or

    swim under refreshing waterfalls. Days 5-6 Ko Tao Soak up the

    best of beach life on the white, sandy shores of Ko Tao. Snorkel or

    scuba along reefs teeming with colourful fish, or relax on the beach

    under swaying coconut palms. Days 7-9 Ko Samui Get ready for

    more white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but

    this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day trip to

    Thailand's largest national marine park, home to the beautiful

    Emerald Lake. There's the option to get active and head out on a

    sea-canoeing trip or, if that seems like too much hard work, simply

    relax with a cocktail on the beach. For trips Nov-apr (West

    Coast)... Days 3-4 ao Nang/Krabi Soak up the sun on the

    beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi

    Phi Island. Days 5-6 Ko yao Noi Sail around the bays spectacular

    limestone cliffs and i