43 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

43 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

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43 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Maastricht, Holland
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
2
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
5
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 9 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  9​h
7
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
8
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Melaka, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia


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4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art in Paradise Pattaya and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Phanan Choeng & Wat Phra Sri Sanphet) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Pattaya). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip website .

Maastricht, Holland to Bangkok is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Maastricht to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Maastricht in February, with highs in Bangkok at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Pattaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

3
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Plai Laem and Chinese Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Art-samui. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, stroll through Chaweng Beach, and look for gifts at Nicky Fashion.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bophut trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Bangkok to Bophut in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chinese Temple
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Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem

3
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Wat Mongkol Nimit. Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Buddha Phuket and Wat Baan Kamala. Take a break from Phuket Town with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Kamala, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Hill, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Phuket Trickeye Museum, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Phuket Town sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bophut to Phuket Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Phuket Town when traveling from Bophut in February, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamala, Zipline
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Monkey Hill ©
Monkey Hill
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ko Phi Phi Le and Ao Ton Sai. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Bay, and Head underground at Viking Cave.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

5
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lanta Old Town and Lanta Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai). When in Ko Lanta, make a side trip to see Zipline in Krabi Town, approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Long Beach, stop by World Fashion Suits, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nui Beach, and Head underground at Khao Mai Kaew Cave.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ko Lanta travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in an hour. In February in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zipline
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanta Old Town ©
Lanta Old Town
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

9
nights
Ko Lipe, Thailand

With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sunrise Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ko Lipe and Sunset Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanom Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Koh Hin Ngam.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Ko Lipe trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ko Lanta to Ko Lipe. Traveling from Ko Lanta in March, Ko Lipe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Koh Hin Ngam
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach
Ko Lipe ©
Ko Lipe

1
day
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Lipe to Chiang Mai in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lipe in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Chiang Mai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

4
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cenang Beach. Popular historic sites such as Ave Stella Maris Catholic Chapel and Wat Wanararm are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, identify plant and animal life at Langkawi Geopark, take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunung Mat Cincang.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Langkawi day trip planning site .

Fly from Chiang Mai to Langkawi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Chiang Mai in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Langkawi, with highs around 39°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Putra Mosque, then explore the world behind art at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Batu Caves, Putra Mosque
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

2
nights
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre, don't miss a visit to A Famosa Fort, then see the interesting displays at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kampung Kling Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampung Hulu Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, then examine the collection at House of Museums Malacca, and finally get engrossed in the history at Malacca Heritage Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melaka road trip planning tool .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Melaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:
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Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum) ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
Malacca Heritage Centre ©
Malacca Heritage Centre

3
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, examine the collection at Asia Camera Museum, then see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Colonial Penang Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Tech Dome Penang, and then examine the collection at Wonderfood Museum Penang.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our George Town road trip website .

You can fly from Melaka to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Melaka to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Habitat Penang Hill
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©
Kapitan Keling Mosque ©
Kapitan Keling Mosque

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