DEC. 28TH, 2014 – JAN. 8, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable New Year’s holiday trip.  We will be visiting 3 amazing countries with plenty of beautiful sunshine plus lots of history and fun to experience.

We will enjoy 4 nights in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with highlights including a forest canopy walk, a boat ride to see a stunning lights display inside a natural cave with dinner provided, a visit to the 17th century colonial village of Malaka, which is now a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site, a visit to an elephant sanctuary where you can see how elephants are rescued and cared for, as well as have the chance to feed and even bathe the elephants yourself and a chance to learn about tribal life from actual aboriginal tribesmen, a visit to the observation deck  on the 81st floor of the famed Petronas Towers, as seen in the movie Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones and a chance to witness one of the world’s greatest New Year’s fireworks displays, shot over the famed Petronas Towers.

In Thailand, we will enjoy the thrill of the world’s largest zipline tour, featuring 24 zipline platforms to soar across the forest in a zipline cable and harness, plus a visit to an open wildlife park.  We will also have ample free time for optional visits to the famed Floating Market, the incredible Grand Palace or the historical ruins of Ayutthaya.  An optional dinner show with a chance to ride the elephants before the show is also a fun optional evening activity.  We will also enjoy the lively nightlife and markets of Bangkok.

In Vietnam, we will be mesmerized with a 2 day/1 night cruise of Halong Bay to see its stunning natural rock formations, grottos and islets, plus we will enjoy a tour of Hanoi by cyclo, a chauffeur-pedaled tricycle, through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a visit to the site of the “Hanoi Hilton” from the Vietnam War and a charming Vietnamese traditional water puppet show.


DAILY ITINERARY: (B,L,D = meals included on that day)

Day 1 (December 28): Depart USA. Check in for our overnight flight from Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia departing LAX at 11:25pm.

Day 2 (December 29):
En route. Cross the International Dateline and lose a day. (You will recover this day on the return leg of your trip.)

Day 3 (December 30):
  Kuala Lumpur.  Arrival at KLIA International Airport at 1:30 in the afternoon.  After clearing customs we will be met by our English speaking guide.  We will be transferred directly to our hotel, the 5 star Hotel Maya.  The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur is a 5 star resort hotel, located just an 8 minute walk away from Kuala Lumpur City Centre shops and restaurants and the famed Petronas Towers (where the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks also take place). The hotel has 206 well-appointed rooms - 100 studios and 106 suites. Highlights of the hotel include the Sky Lounge which offers a stunning view of the city skyline, and our hydrotherapy pool at Anggun Spa.  The hotel also features free wifi and free local calls.


Petronas Towers 
The exquisite view of the Petronas Towers from the outdoor deck of our hotel.


This evening, we will enjoy am escorted visit to Petronas Twin Towers (Sky Bridge Level 41 & Observation Deck Level 86).  The visit includes the entrance fee to Petronas Twin Towers.


Petronas Towers

The view of Kuala Lumpur as seen from the Petronas Towers at night.

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The Petronas Towers lit up at night


Day 4 (December 31) B, L, D:  Breakfast served at hotel’s coffee house.   This morning, at approx. 11am we will meet with our English speaking guide and proceed on our full day FRIM & Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour (Duration: 08 hours). A short drive from the bustling capital city of KL is the Forest Research Institution of Malaysia (FRIM), a well-managed forest science park.

Experience nature through a short "jungle" trek on one of the many nature walking trails found here. Also experience the canopy walkway suspended between trees which is about 90 feet above the ground to observe a panoramic view of the forest. The FRIM houses over 50 international scientists researching the flora and fauna of the rainforests. Information on the various forests found in Malaysia, where some of their by-products can be seen at the FRIM Museum. FRIM offers a great insight into the wonders of nature that Malaysia has to offer.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the nature trails. Then enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the trees by crossing the Canopy Walkway

We recommend you wear good walking shoes and bring an extra shirt for change.  Lunch included at a local restaurant.  

After Lunch continue with Kuala Selangor and Fireflies Tour

On arrival at Kuala Selangor, visit Kota Melawati formerly known as Fort Altingsburg, the execution block, royal mausoleum and colonial buildings. Also found are silvered-leaf monkeys, butterflies etc.

Next, proceed to Kampung  Kuantan / Belimbing – the highlight of the tour. Upstream in a small motorized boat in the quiet darkness to witness the blinking trees. This scintillating display of fireflies portrays an image of a flashing Christmas tree.

 The synchronized, rhythmic flashing is produced by the thousands of fireflies found in the mangrove swamp of Kampung Kuantan /Belimbing. The skilled local oarsmen make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.

After our tour we will enjoy an included seafood dinner and then return to our hotel in Kuala Lumpur to get ready for the New Year’s Eve Festivities.

The evening is free at your leisure to enjoy the New Years’ celebrations including the huge fireworks display over the Petronas Towers, which are walking distance from our hotel.  The fireworks are one of the largest in the world.  (You may remember seeing the scene of the Petronas Towers fireworks toward the end of the movie Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.




Day 5 (January 1st):  B  Breakfast served at hotel’s coffee house

Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the holiday, exploring Kuala Lumpur at your own leisure.  If you wish, join us for an optional tour to Melaka.



The Malay sultanate started here only to be interrupted by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British rule for over a period of 400 years. In this historic town, you will see the cultural remains in the form of both cuisine and old buildings. Included is a visit to St Peter’s Church (1710), the oldest Christian church still in use in Malaysia. Drive past the largest 17th century Chinese cemetery outside of China which is located at Bukit China or Chinese Hill.

We will stop at the foothill to view the Sultan’s Well before driving through the Portuguese Settlement. Next, we will proceed to view the famous gateway, Porta De Santiago and the ruins of St Paul’s Church lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones. Next on the list is the Stadhuys or Red Square. This salmon-pink Dutch administrative building today houses the Melaka Museum and some other government offices.

We will continue with a visit to Christchurch before proceeding for an included lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch, visit the Abode of the Green Merciful Clouds or the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the only temple where you can find three major doctrines of local Chinese belief under the same roof: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Take a stroll along Malacca’s antique street which ends by the banks of the Malacca River.

We will be returned to our hotel after the tour. 


Day 6 (January 2nd) B,L:   Breakfast served at hotel’s coffee house.  This morning we will meet with our English speaking guide at 9am and proceed on our tour to the Batu Caves and Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. 

This morning we will visit the Batu Caves, the famous site of the annual Thaipusam festival in January and February, where almost a million devotees congregate. You'll pass a 140ft statue of the Hindu god Lord Murugan, the worlds’ largest, as you walk up the 272-steps to the top of a natural limestone cavern which houses a beautiful and historic Hindu shrine at which you will have free time to explore the shrine at your leisure, before returning back to the base.  The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old.

You will also see monkeys playing at the entrance to the Caves and the steps.  Anyone not wishing to take the walk up the steps can explore the attractions at the base of the steps and re-join  the group upon its returning back down the steps after its visit inside the caves.

The impressive statue at the Batu Caves and the steps to enter the caves.


Entrance Shrine at Batu Caves


 Cynomolgus Monkey at Batu Caves


After returning from the caves back to the base of the steps we will be driven as a group to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, which is located in a beautiful tropical forest. This elephant conservation center is managed by the Malaysian Wildlife Society.


At 1pm today we will attend a briefing & a 30-minute video documentary about Elephant at the Visitors Information Centre.  Learn about the ambitious rehabilitation efforts for the rescued Asian elephants. The center creates a natural environment for the elephants and nurtures them back to health before releasing them back into the wild. This afternoon with our guide, witness the daily activities of these beautiful animals, including watching the specially trained and committed team of wildlife experts feed them and if you wish, feed them yourself too!

Our final activity with the elephants is the exciting opportunity to watch the bathing of the elephants in the river (provided the river level is at a sufficient point to allow for this)

You'll surely enjoy this amazing and insightful wildlife experience.



Elephants at Kuala Lumpur.


 At 4pm after our tour, you will have the option to visit with a local tribesman from an aboriginal tribe of the region who will talk with you about the life of the tribes.

We will be returned to our hotel with many memories and photos to share. 


Day 7 (January 3) B :  Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok
 Breakfast served at the hotel’s coffee house.  Check-out from our hotel & then we will be transferred to the airport for our early afternoon (12:25pm) flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Thailand, arriving at 1:30pm.  After customs formalities, we will be transferred to our centrally located hotel for check-in at the 5 starDusit Thani hotel.


Ideally located a short walk from Bangkok’s lively night markets, where you will find fabulous shopping, dining and nightlife, our hotel is a perfect base for our Thailand visit. Our 5 star hotel has 517 rooms, 11 restaurants, bars and lounges.

This evening if you wish, enjoy an optional dinner cruise or an optional dinner and traditional show with an opportunity to ride an elephant before the show.


Day 8 (January 4) B: Bangkok – FREE DAY for Optional Tour Activities


Optional tour:


Ayutthaya Tour by Grand Pearl + ELEphant RIDE


  • Day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam (Thailand)
  • See and explore spectacular ruins and intact temples
  • Wat Chai Mongkol's Reclining Buddha statue
  • Riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River, either to or from Ayutthaya
  • See Wat Mahathat and Buddha's head entwined in tree roots
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation


What You Can Expect
Description: Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok    Description: Photo of Bangkok Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok Ayuttaya


Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
The Unesco World Heritage site of Ayutthaya is 53 miles (85 kilometers) north of Bangkok. Ayutthaya was a thriving Siamese kingdom from 1350 until 1767, when it was captured by the Burmese. Today, Ayutthaya is known for its spectacular ruins and temples. Many of its temples are still intact, such as Wat Phra Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Panangcherng and Wat Chai Mongkol, known for its large bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha.
You will also see the summer palace of King Rama IV with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture. The palace is a well-preserved 'museum', providing a glimpse into a time when Thailand was known as Siam.

Description: Photo of Bangkok Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok Summer Palace The Summer Palace

On your full-day guided excursion from Bangkok you have a choice of visiting Thailand's former ancient capital by boat and returning to Bangkok by van, or vice-versa. During the boat cruise to or from Ayutthaya you will see temples such as Wat Arun lining the Chao Phraya River.
Only $75 per person for this full day tour. 7:30am -4:30pm







Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun
On this sightseeing tour of Bangkok's canals (or khlongs, as they are known locally) you will travel by a motorized boat on the Chao Phraya River to see the serene family homes and temples dotted along the waterways which inspired Bangkok's reference as the "Venice of the East". The canals around Bangkok serve as a natural highway for many local Thai people going about their everyday business, such as transporting their merchandise, in particular rice, to and from the rice fields.

Description: Photo of Bangkok Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun Grand Place

  • Cruise along the Chao Phraya River admiring the family homes and temples dotted along the waterways
  • Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Palace and have an opportunity to see the most holy and revered Emerald Buddha
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off 8:30am-11:30am or 1:15pm-4:15pm

Only $59 per person



Optional Tour #3

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi province about 100km from Bangkok. Take a long tail boat ride through the canals and see how Thai people live alongside the labyrinth of canals in this area. Arrive at the famous Damnoen Saduak market where you can stroll around the colourful floating marketplace bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Venture from the exotic and colorful Bangkok on a day trip to the countryside and visit Damnoen Saduak floating markets. You'll experience rural Thai culture at its best and cruise by long-tailed speedboat to the markets. See the vendors selling local produce and get an up-close glimpse of everyday life in Thailand.

  • See the popular Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets in the Ratchaburi province of Thailand
  • Take a ride on a traditional long-tailed boat to the floating markets of Damneoen Saduak
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off  7am-pickup and 1pm drop off

Only $43





Optional tour #4  Sampran Elephant Ground and Zoo Tour from Bangkok

  • See Thailand's native elephants in an educational and fun environment
  • A family friendly tour
  • Photo opportunities with the twin Bengal tigers. (100 Thai Bhat = approx. $3)
  • Ride an elephant through lush gardens (500 Thai Baht = $16)
  • See a Crocodile wrestling show
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off – Sampran Elephant Ground and Zoo is situated just 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Bangkok . Tour pickup at 1pm and return between 4:30 and 5pm


All passengers will also have the opportunity to enjoy an optional dinner cruise or dinner show tonight.


Day 9 (January 5): B, L    Bangkok - Khao Keow – Bangkok.  Today we will all enjoy an included tour for some fun and excitement. 

Depart from our hotel at 10am for the 90 minute drive to the “Flight of the Gibbon" Headquarters. Located southwest of the capital, the center is on the edge of Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary.  Free time will be provided before our zipline experience for passengers to purchase lunch if they wish. After lunch you have an hour of free time to enjoy an open air safari park, with many types of wildlife roaming freely for you to witness.
Next we will enjoy the highlight of the tour, the largest zipline course in the world.
The excitement of the zipline tour

After an introduction and safety briefing; you will start the zipline adventure! Fly from tree to tree across a network of 24 platforms, from the safety of a harness that whisks you across cables connecting each tree top platform.  The journey takes around 3 hours with safety guides at each stop to help you and ensure an exciting, safe flight.  You will return to the ground for an included early dinner at Flight of the Gibbon’s lakeside restaurant. Then a short 45 minute trek takes you through the jungle to a scenic spot surrounded by leafy trees and pristine nature.  We will then return to the center and be transported back to our hotel in Bangkok arriving in the evening around 8pm. 


Day 10 (January 6): B   Bangkok – Hanoi.
Breakfast at hotel and then late morning we will be transferred to the airport

Bid farewell to Thailand to board our 1pm  flight from Bangkok to Hanoi Vietnam on Qatar Airways arriving at 2:45pm. On arrival to Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel the deluxe Sheraton Hotel (Grand Deluxe rooms). 


Day 11 (January 7) B,L,D:  Hanoi/Halong Bay.   After breakfast included at our hotel, we will depart Hanoi for Halong by road. The 3 and half hour journey takes you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and check in to our ship The Emeraude.  Feel as if you are stepping back in to French Indochina as you board this wonderful replica of one of the classic steamships of the era. A welcome drink will be served as the boat leaves the harbour.  We will enjoy an included lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets to discover unspoiled pockets of Halong Bay and visit ‘Sung Sot’, one of the most imposing and stunning grottos of the Bay. With luxurious air-conditioned cabins (our group is confirmed in the Deluxe cabin category), a divine restaurant, two bars and a sundeck this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience.


Halong Bay
Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay.
President Ho Chi Minh found it too beguiling for words, saying only: "It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others".


Tourist boats in Halong Bay

As the boat cruises through the limestone karsts and clear waters in the afternoon, several options are available.  On-board kayaks are available for those wishing to go out for a paddle (a fee will be collected at that time for anyone wishing to go kayaking) or if you wish to just relax, have a swim off the boat’s platform.  For those seeking more culinary experience, take part in a Vietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration on the sundeck. 

Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay), and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After the sun sets, enjoy a scrumptious included international / Vietnamese buffet dinner. Starting at 8:30pm, the Award Winning film Indochine will be screened on the sundeck should you desire to watch a movie before retiring to your cabin for a good nights’ sleep. 
Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise (Standard Cabins ).  Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 12 (January 8) B: Halong / Hanoi.  For early risers complimentary tea and coffee are served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. As you return to Halong City, enjoy a wholesome breakfast as our boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.  Arrive back at Emeraude’s exclusive private pier this morning for disembarkation where our driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi.  
Continue on a guided tour to Hoa Lo Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War).

After that, enjoy a one hour tour by cyclo, a chauffeur-pedaled tricycle, through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets”. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore, especially by cyclo, with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

Then, attend a traditional water puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form especially designed for depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history
Overnight in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (Grand Deluxe rooms). 


Day 13 (January 9) B, L :  Depart Vietnam/Arrive USA. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our hotel and then we will be transferred to the airport to check in for our 11:35am return flight to Los Angeles with 2 meals served on board and arriving at 2:10pm this afternoon. (we arrive the same day we depart because we cross the international date line and thus gain the day we lost on the outbound flight) .

TRIP COST $3688 + $412 taxes (the taxes subject to change)

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via China Air to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and home to LA from Hanoi Vietnam
  • Malaysia: 4 nights’ accommodations at superior first class 5 star hotel Maya in Kuala Lumpur
  • Thailand - 3 nights’ accommodations at superior first class 5 star Dusit Thani hotel in Bangkok
  • Vietnam – 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at 4 star Sheraton hotel plus 1 night accommodation on board cruise
  • Breakfast daily, four lunches & three dinners included.
  • Comprehensive guided touring program including all entrance fees to places visited
  • All inter-Asia flights as per the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides
  • Free non-smoking roommate matching based on age and gender
  • Singlestravelescapes.com trip escort from LAX and on all included tours, hotels and flights on the trip.  

Optional single room supplement for anyone wishing his or her own room for the trip: $849

Optional package without the transpacific flights from LA (for anyone desiring to do their own air from into Kuala Lumpur arriving Dec. 30th and home from Vietnam Jan 8th, but taking our land package and our group flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Jan 3rd and our group air from Bangkok to Vietnam Jan 6th: $2995 including tax.  Taxes are subject to change by the airline.

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of your reservation and is fully refundable if cancelled by August 20th and non refundable thereafter,

Balance payments are due Oct. 1st and are non refundable.

Not Included

  • Passports/Visas – Vietnam Visa fee – approx. $125.00 per person.   All visitors to Vietnam must obtain their own visa before departure.  You may do so by contacting directly the Vietnam consulate as listed below.  You do not need a visa to enter Thailand or Malaysia.
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Tips for drivers, guides, or director
  • Optional Insurance. Please contact us for details


How United States citizens apply for a Vietnam visa?
From the United States, visitors can apply for a Vietnam visa through one of the embassies of Vietnam in the United States below or apply for a visa on arrival online. For more information on either option please call one of the embassies listed below.

Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC., USA
1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA
Tel: (1-202) 861 0737 Consular: 861 2293
Fax: (1-202) 861 0917 Consular: 861 0694

Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, USA
1700 California St., Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Tel: (1415) 922 1577 (1415) 922 1707
Fax: (1415) 922 1848(1415)922 1757

Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the UN
866 UN Plaza, Suite 435, New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
Tel: (1212) 644 0594
Fax: (1212) 644 5732



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