The journey along the Malay Peninsula makes for a fascinating and diverse trip that will take you to the heart of Southeast Asia and its many attractions. From Thailand to Singapore and on to Java and Bali in Indonesia, you'll see the vivid contrast between bustling, modern cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and the traditional villages of northern Thailand and Bali. The long and diverse history of the region can be explored en route, from the ruins of the old capitals of the Kingdom of Siam, to the spectacular Javanese religious monuments at Borobudur and Prambanan and from the colonial heritage in towns like Penang, Melaka and Yogyakarta to the war memorials at Kanchanaburi Province west of Bangkok. This region has some of the best and most popular beaches in the world, with the islands and coast of southern Thailand and Bali being great places to relax, party or explore the colourful underwater world off shore. Further inland the rainforests of Taman Negara, the Thai wildlife reserves of Khao Suk and Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng and the Indonesian volcanoes of Mounts Bromo and Batur are some of the other natural highlights of this trip. A journey that caters to all tastes and interests in one of the world's most popular tourist regions.

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Routes for Malay Peninsula

Bangkok - Singapore

Connecting two of Southeast Asia's most exciting and dynamic cities, this route travels along the Malay Peninsula with its superb beaches, legendary parties, colonial towns and some stunning natural attractions.

Tours: 3 available View highlights of this route

Bangkok - Singapore (via nothern Thailand)

This route explores much of what makes Thailand such a popular travel destination, from the tribal villages and ancient cities of the north to the stunning beaches, waters and nightlife of southern Thailand, before continuing on through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore.

Tours: 2 available View highlights of this route

Bangkok - Bali

This extensive journey through Southeast Asia explores the cities, beaches and other attractions of southern Thailand and mainland Malaysia and then heads south from Singapore to the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, famed for their beautiful natural landscapes and fascinating historical heritage.

Tours: 2 available View highlights of this route

Guidebooks for Malay Peninsula

Guidebooks for this journey from all the major travel publishers are listed below. Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles).

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Footprint Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia

Feb 2012 (3rd ed.)
1194 pages

Author(s): Paul Dixon, Andrew Spooner

Lonely_Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

Shoestring Guides

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

Aug 2014 (17th ed.)
976 pages

Author(s): China Williams, Stuart Butler et al.

Download Individual Chapter PDFs (2.99) - Click here to view chapters.
Frommer's Southeast Asia

Complete Guides

Southeast Asia

Jun 2011 (7th ed.)
672 pages

Author(s): Daniel White, Ron Emmons, Jennifer Eveland

Insight Southeast Asia

Insight Guides

Southeast Asia

Jul 2014 (4th ed.)
464 pages