In early 2017, Marie and I spent 25 beautiful days traveling Southeast Asia. Our itinerary, including dates, cities, and flight times, and accommodations are below. It’s very abbreviated, with the black and white details of where we were, when, and how much it cost us to get there or stay there. This should give you a basic idea of how to replicate a similar route in a 3-ish week time frame. (I’ve thrown in a few photos of the accommodations and attractions along the way.) Now, down to business. Here is our itinerary for three weeks in Southeast Asia.
If you want to read more about our trip, check out Encountering Elephants, Ethically to see where we met some of the planet’s largest living creatures. 5 Days in Krabi gives a more verbose account of our dream-like days in Thailand, while 3 Days in Kaula Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary does the same for our time in Malaysia. For what went wrong, I recommend 6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia, lest you think it was all butterflies and rainbows.
Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand & Hong Kong: 2017
Day 1 (Feb 27): Leave for Chicago for Singapore. (6:55 PM)
Day 2 (Feb 28): Flying…
Day 3 (Mar 1): Arrive in Singapore (9:15 AM). Little Red Dot Hostel
Day 4 (Mar 2): Singapore Little Red Dot Hostel
Day 5 (Mar 3): Singapore Little Red Dot Hostel
Day 6 (Mar 4): Singapore, leave for Kuala Lampur Back Home Kuala Lampur Hostel
Flight leaves for KL at 9:15 AM
Arrives 10:15 AM ($44.50 each paid for flight from Singapore to Malaysia)
Day 7 (Mar 5): Kuala Lampur Back Home Kuala Lampur Hostel
Day 8 (Mar 6): Kuala Lampur Back Home Kuala Lampur Hostel
Day 9 (Mar 7): Leave for Thai Islands: Krabi Bananas Bungalows
Flight leaves KL at 1:30 PM
Arrives in Krabi 1:55 PM ($22.13 each paid for flight from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia to Krabi, Thailand)
Day 10 (Mar 8): Thai Islands: Krabi → Koh Phi Phi Hangover Hostel
Bob’s Buise Cruise
Day 11 (Mar 9): Thai Islands: Koh Phi Phi —> Krabi Bananas Bungalows
Day 12 (Mar 10): Thai Islands: Krabi Bananas Bungalows
Day 13 (Mar 11): Thai Islands: Krabi Bananas Bungalows
Day 14 (Mar 12): Thai Islands: Krabi, leave for Bangkok. Nappark Hostel
Flight leaves Krabi @ 10:30 AM ($31 each paid for flight from Krabi to Bangkok, Thailand)
Flight arrives in Bangkok @ 11:55 AM
Day 15 (Mar 13): Bangkok NapPark Hostel
Day 16 (Mar 14): Bangkok leave for Chiang Rai. Koon Cha Learn Backpackers
Day 17 (Mar 15): Chiang Rai. Bus to Chiang Mai.
Departs from Chiang Rai at 12:35 PM ($22.13 each paid for flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Arrives in Chiang Mai at 2:00 PM
Day 18 (Mar 16): Chiang Mai Haus Hostel
Day 19 (Mar 17): Chiang Mai Haus Hostel
Day 20 (Mar 18): Chiang Mai, leave for Hong Kong Urban Pack Hostel
Depart 6:00 am. Flight booking # 2007991 ($70 each paid for flight from Chiang Rai to Hong Kong)
Arrive 9:30 am.
Day 21 (Mar 19): Hong Kong Urban Pack Hostel
Day 22 (Mar 20): Hong Kong Urban Pack Hostel
Day 23 (Mar 21): Hong Kong. Leave for Singapore. Little Red Dot Hostel
Flight leaves 2:20 PM ($124.86 each paid for flight from Hong Kong to Singapore)
Arrives 6:20 PM
Day 24 (Mar 22): Leave for Chicago from Singapore. (8:25 pm)
Day 25 (Mar 23): Arrive in Chicago (3:00 pm)
125 Lavender Street, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Check in time: 15:30 (option to check in early to leave bags/use facilities)
Paid (deposit): $11.96 total ($5.98 each) | Due on arrival: $68.85 total ($34.43 each )
30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Paid deposit: $41.50 – 364 MYR total | Due on arrival: $0.00
54 Moo 2, Tamboon Khao Thong, Ban Tha Lane, Amper Muang, Krabi, 8100, Thailand
Paid deposit: $32.50 each 2480.54 BAHT total | Balance paid after end of stay.
5 Tani Road Taladyod (Banglamphoo) Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200 (phone 022822324)
Check in time: 2:00 PM
Paid deposit: $0.00 | Due on arrival: $36.50 each – 2640 BAHT total
2/3 Rat Chiang Saen Road, Rat Chiang Saen 1 Kho Al, Haiya Subdistrict, Maung District, Hai Ya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Check in time: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Paid deposit: $12.83 paid | Due on arrival in cash: $52.00 – 1854.62 BAHT total
Unit 1410, 14/F, HaiPhong, Mansion, 99-101 Nathan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Paid deposit: $15.24 | Due on arrival: $104.31 (52 each)
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