18 days in Thailand & Malaysia Itinerary

18 days in Thailand & Malaysia Itinerary

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Start: Muscat, Oman
Fly:  11 h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
3
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry:  7 h 15 min
4
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Muscat, Oman

2
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
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 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkchat Meditation Retreat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, then stop by Smart Fashion, and finally hunt for treasures at Bumrung Buri Market. On the next day, admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Rescue Park, and then explore the galleries of Glang-Viang Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai itinerary builder.

Muscat, Oman to Chiang Mai is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Chiang Mai. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Muscat in July: high temperatures in Chiang Mai hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Raja's Fashions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bangkok: Wat Phra Khao Temple (in Bang Ban) and Ayutthaya (Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & Wat Borom Puttharam). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Khao Temple
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
We've included these beaches for you: Banana Beach and Patong Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Phuket 3D Museum and The Phuket Gallery. Explore Patong's surroundings by going to Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Sangtham Shrine (in Talat Yai). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, look for gifts at Suit Fitter Phuket, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patong Mosque.

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

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Banana Beach
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Phuket 3D Museum ©
Phuket 3D Museum
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Escape the urban bustle at Cenang Beach and Langkawi Geopark. Get some cultural insight at Art In Paradise and Atma Alam Batik Village. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, explore the galleries of Batik Village, identify plant and animal life at Pulau Payar Marine Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Wanararm.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Langkawi vacation website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Langkawi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Petaling Jaya.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach

2
nights
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Petaling Jaya ©
First established in 1952 and since swallowed up by the urban sprawl of Kuala Lumpur, you can now hardly distinguish Petaling Jaya from the ever-growing Malaysian capital.
You've now added Sunway Lagoon to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, then make a splash at Sunway Lagoon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Thai Chetawan Temple (Wat Chetawan), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Petaling Jaya tour itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Langkawi to Petaling Jaya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daily temperatures in Petaling Jaya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Petaling Jaya

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple ©
Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall ©
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery ©
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

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.
Let the collections at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and Muzium Tentera Darat capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Batu Caves and Putra Mosque. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Port Dickson (Teluk Kemang, Bagan Pinang Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Suria KLCC Mall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Rosary.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur is very close to Petaling Jaya. July in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Dickson, Putra Mosque, Batu Caves
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

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