16 days in Thailand, Melaka & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

16 days in Thailand, Melaka & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Bus:  12 h 30 min
1
Melaka, Malaysia
— 2 nights
bus:  2 h
2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jonker Street Night Market, The Old Merchant and Reggae on the River. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): wander the streets of Chinatown - Melaka, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, explore the activities along Malacca River, then don't miss a visit to Windmill Dutch Square Melaka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca., then delve into the distant past at St Paul's Church, and finally steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Taming Sari, Bandar Hilir, Malacca., take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Melaka, Bandar Hilir., admire the striking features of Stadthuys, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Jonker Street Night Market, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Old Merchant.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melaka trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Melaka is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Melaka. In August, Melaka is warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Nightlife Historic Sites Nature
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Reggae on the River ©
Reggae on the River
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
Jonker Street Night Market ©
Jonker Street Night Market

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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 21st (Wed): Head underground at Batu Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, and then stop by Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally go for a walk through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for Krabi Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Wildlife Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Ao Nang Beach, then hike along Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail, and then kick back and relax at Nopparat Thara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Andaman Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach, and finally look for gifts at Scandi Fashion.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Krabi Town trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. August in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Ao Nang Beach ©
Ao Nang Beach

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Laem Tong Bay and Ao Ton Sai. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Ko Phi Phi Le. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Nui Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don journey planner.

Traveling by ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

4
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.
Get outdoors at Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Chiang Mai takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Spas
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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