20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

20 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Manila, Philippines
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Coron, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 2 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ngurah Rai
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Singapore Changi Airport, Drive to Sentosa Island
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
— 1 day
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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly to Langkawi, Ferry to Ko Lipe
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
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Manila, Philippines

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manila online day trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Manila is an approximately 35-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Philippine Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in January: high temperatures in Manila hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Coron, Philippines

— 2 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Island Hopping in the Philippines, Banul Beach and Twin Lagoon. On the 3rd (Sun), explore the activities along Twin Lagoon, contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, and then kick back and relax at Banul Beach. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with Island Hopping in the Philippines.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coron itinerary maker site.

Fly from Manila to Coron in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Boracay, Philippines

— 2 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bulabog Beach, then kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and then kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Bunga Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Boracay trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In January, daytime highs in Boracay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ubud, Indonesia

— 2 nights
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at KOU Cuisine, delve into the lush surroundings at Sangeh Monkey Forest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and finally see some colorful creatures with NEWbali.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ubud travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Ubud in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Boracay in January, expect nights in Ubud to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sentosa Island.

Things to do in Ubud

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sentosa Island, Singapore

— 1 day
Just off the southern coastline of Singapore, the tourist-oriented Sentosa Island draws nearly 20 million visitors annually with its shopping malls, casinos, hotels, and world-famous theme park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Singapore.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sentosa Island journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ubud to Sentosa Island. January in Sentosa Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Singapore.

Things to do in Sentosa Island

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Singapore, Singapore

— 2 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marina Bay. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Marina Bay and then gear up at City Scoot.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Singapore trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Sentosa Island to Singapore by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a subway; or take a bus. January in Singapore sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Singapore

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 13th (Wed), you're off to Ko Lipe.
Highlights from your trip

Ko Lipe, Thailand

— 3 nights
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 14th (Thu): stroll through Sunrise Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head off the coast to Ko Lipe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pattaya Beach, stroll through Sanom Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Lipe trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Lipe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January in Ko Lipe, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Patong, Thailand

— 2 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, make a trip to Bangla Road, and then look for gifts at New Era's Vienna. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanui Beach, and then take a tour by water with Sea Bees Diving - Chalong.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Patong road trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lipe to Patong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 1 night

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To find out how to plan a trip to Bangkok, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Patong to Bangkok by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Palawan Province travel guide

4.2
Bodies of Water · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Philippines’ Last Frontier
One of the most coveted tourist destinations in the Philippines for eco-tourists and those wishing to get away from city life, Palawan Province offers a variety of virgin beaches and lush rainforest vegetation sheltering untouched wildlife. Pristine beaches with turquoise waters and lagoons offer great opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling, while a number of spectacular karst formations fringed with tropical vegetation hide many limestone caves. A tour of Palawan Province usually includes a visit to the famous UNESCO-protected underground river and a reef marine park, or trekking to a lake atop a volcano crater. The island also includes a wildlife sanctuary with indigenous and exotic beasts, as well as a crocodile farm amid the mangroves. A number of natural science museums and Baroque Catholic churches add a cultural dimension to any Palawan Province holiday.

Indonesia travel guide

4.2
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.