15 days in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

15 days in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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Start: Baghdad, Iraq
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
3
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Baghdad, Iraq

3
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Putra Mosque and Thean Hou Temple. Appreciate the collections at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and Muzium Tentera Darat. Explore Kuala Lumpur's surroundings by going to Bagan Lalang Beach (in Sungai Pelek), Bagan Pinang Beach (in Port Dickson) and Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (in Shah Alam). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Remis.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Malaysia Time is 5 hours. In December, Kuala Lumpur is warmer than Baghdad - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Port Dickson, Bagan Lalang Beach, Putra Mosque, Pantai Kelanang Beach, Batu Caves
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Battlebox and Jurong Bird Park. Get some cultural insight at Supertree Grove and Peranakan Museum. Take a break from Singapore with a short trip to Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at East Coast Park, examine the collection at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery Singapore, and go for a walk through Waterfront Promenade.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip planning site.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Battlebox ©
Battlebox
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
National Gallery Singapore ©
National Gallery Singapore

3
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Hosn. Escape the urban bustle at Corniche Beach and Saadiyat Public Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, don't miss a visit to Observation Deck at 300, and join the crowd at Yas Marina Circuit.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Abu Dhabi online road trip planner.

You can fly from Singapore to Abu Dhabi in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Abu Dhabi hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Al Ain.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
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Corniche Beach ©
Corniche Beach
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Louvre Abu Dhabi ©
Louvre Abu Dhabi

1
night
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Al Ain ©
A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jebel Hafeet, thensee the interesting displays at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Al Jahili Fort, and finally walk around Al Ain Oasis.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Al Ain online trip builder.

You can drive from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Dubai.

Things to do in Al Ain

Parks Nature Museums
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Jebel Hafeet ©
Jebel Hafeet
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort
Al Ain Oasis ©
Al Ain Oasis

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Jumeirah Public Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara, and finally take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): tee off at The Track, Meydan Golf, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Al Qudra Cycle Path, and then make a trip to The Walk at JBR.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip builder.

Traveling by car from Al Ain to Dubai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Jumeirah Public Beach ©
Jumeirah Public Beach
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara ©
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort

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