22 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Malaysia Itinerary

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Fly to Phuket, Bus to Patong
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights

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Patong, Thailand — 3 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Go for a jaunt from Patong to Chalong to see Big Buddha Phuket about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bangla Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Instyle Bespoke Tailors, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take some stellar pictures from Karon Viewpoint.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Patong visit planning app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Patong is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Patong, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, look for gifts at Ambassador Fashions, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chiang Mai Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai journey tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Go for a jaunt from Bangkok to Saraburi to see Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 2nd (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, admire the landmark architecture of Banteay Kdei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap visit planning website.

Getting from Bangkok to Siem Reap by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then stop by D.Hindley, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom and then examine the collection at National Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Phnom Penh travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 5 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Get out of town with these interesting Kuala Lumpur side-trips: Chin Swee Cave Temple (in Genting Highlands) and Putra Mosque (in Putrajaya). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, tour the pleasant surroundings at KL Bird Park, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur tour planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Malaysia travel guide

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An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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