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Cruising Thailand & Malaysia - Penang to Phuket

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Embarkation in Penang
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Embarkation takes place between 2 and 4 pm. After meeting your leader and attending a welcome meeting and safety briefing on board, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 2 Penang
After breakfast, tour the old town of Penang, taking in the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere. Enjoy lunch at a local market, where your leader will select a variety of interesting local dishes for the group to try. Return to the boat by rickshaw and set sail for Langkawi at around 2 pm. If the weather is right, sail for a while with the sails up and the engine off, a nice way to absorb the ambience of the wide open ocean. Overnight at sea en route to Langkawi.

Day 3 Langkawi
Join a local guide for a tour of idyllic Langkawi. You'll see this is a town that has retained its everyday local life and spectacular natural beauty despite it popularity among travellers. Visit Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, then enjoy a free evening in Langkawi to enjoy the local food and nightlife or have dinner on board the Panorama II, the choice is yours.

Day 4 Koh Tarutao to Koh Rok Noi
Depart Langkawi for Taruatao early this morning. A day of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding is yours to enjoy in the beautiful waters around the island. For lunch, feast on a beach barbecue on Adang Island. Set sail for Koh Rok Noi, having dinner en route. Spend the night at anchor at Ko Rok Noi, one of many beautiful islands with white sands and blue-green waters against a jungle backdrop.

Day 5 Koh Rok Noi to Ao Nang
Spend the morning enjoying the spoils of Ko Rok Noi. Set sail for Ao Nang, arriving at around 6 pm. Half of the group will head off to Bung Ae House homestay for some home-cooked Thai food with a local family; the other half will enjoy a free evening in Ao Nang.

Day 6 Ao Nang
With a full day in Ao Nang, you're free to partake in a range of optional activities. Whip up some local specialties in a Thai cooking class, spot colourful tropical fish on a snorkelling trip, take the adventure to the next level with some diving or rock climbing, unwind with a traditional Thai massage, or make tracks on two wheels to a local waterfall. Another great option is to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach. Alternatively, simply stay on the Panorama II, which can take you around Phang Na bay for some snorkelling and swimming. Tonight, the second group will have dinner at Bung Ae's House.

Day 7 Koh Yao Yai
Climb aboard a songtheaw for a tour with a local guide. Ko Yao Yoi is known for beautiful beaches, friendly Muslim fisherman and diverse birdlife, not to mention some delicious local seafood. Today is your last chance for some swimming and snorkelling before the trip draws to a close. For our last night on board, it is the Captain's dinner. Enjoy an a la carte meal while taking in a no doubt spectacular sunset. Relax and unwind as the night is spent at anchor.

Day 8 Disembark in Phuket
Departing early, cruise back to Phuket which is just a short distance away. Disembark after breakfast as the adventure comes to an end.
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All This Included
Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise with Intrepid. Between the more popular holiday destinations of Penang and Phuket, there’s a medley of laidback islands and villages to explore, each with their own charms – and often far fewer travellers to contend with. Live it up in idyllic Langkawi, choose from leisure and adventure activities around Ao Nang, join in local life in laidback Ko Yao Yai, visit waterfalls tucked away in the jungle, and use the Andaman Sea as your swimming pool. With comfortable accommodation onboard, snorkelling and kayaking equipment, and knowledgeable local guides at your service, this is South East Asian paradise done in style.
  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport - Small cruise ship, zodiac, songtheaw, rickshaw, bus
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch
  • Guided Tour of Langkawi
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Beach BBQ
  • Activity
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
  • Farewell Dinner
Highlights
  • See Krabi's wild and wacky limestone karst formations from the comfort of your small cruise ship
  • Wake up each morning to the clear azure waters of the Andaman Sea, which you’re free to swim in right off the back of the boat
  • Visit the iconic holiday islands of Penang, Langkawi and Phuket, but also enjoy the natural beauty of Turatao National Park and Ko Yao Yai
  • Ride the cable car to the highest point on Langkawi for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the sea and surrounding islands
  • Spend an evening at an authentic Thai homestay, enjoying home cooked specialties of the region
Accommodations
Small ship cruise (7 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 48
  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.