18 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

18 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

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18 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  5 h
1
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
2
Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h 15 min
3
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
5
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Train + Bus:  9 h 45 min
7
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

2
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cenang Beach and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Dayang Bunting Island. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, view the masterpieces at Batik Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Langkawi Geopark, and tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Langkawi is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Sanom Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ko Lipe, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lipe online travel route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Langkawi to Ko Lipe in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In January in Ko Lipe, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe

2
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate the long history of Lanta Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Cliff Beach, then Head underground at Khao Mai Kaew Cave, and finally look for gifts at World Fashion Suits.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta vacation planning tool .

Ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lipe in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°C in Ko Lanta. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach
Lanta Old Town ©
Lanta Old Town

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Nai Harn Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Patong Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Patong to go to Chalong and see Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Karon Beach, stroll through Freedom Beach, and get great views at Karon View Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 15th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phu Khao Noi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bottle Beach, then kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then kick back and relax at Salad Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Khaosan Road. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and finally take a stroll through Sukhumvit.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cameron Highlands.

Things to do in Bangkok

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands ©
Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Geological Museum and Miniature Wonders Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang and Dream Big World. Explore Cameron Highlands' surroundings by going to Munisvaran Temple (in Ipoh) and Felda Residence Hot Spings (in Sungkai). It doesn't end there: hike along Cameron Highlands Trail No. 3 and identify plant and animal life at Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cameron Highlands trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight, car, train, and bus from Bangkok to Cameron Highlands in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Cameron Highlands due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ipoh, Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang, Felda Residence Hot Spings
Highlights from your plan
Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden ©
Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden
Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang ©
Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang
Cameron Highlands Trail No. 3 ©
Cameron Highlands Trail No. 3

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