43 days in Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

43 days in Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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43 days in Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Townsville, Australia
Fly + Drive:  23 h
1
Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
4
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  1 h 15 min
7
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
8
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  5 h
10
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
11
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Townsville, Australia

2
nights
Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

Gunung Mulu National Park ©
Dominated by a soaring sandstone pinnacle, Gunung Mulu National Park remains a thrilling nature destination on the island of Borneo.
Family-friendly places like Clearwater / Wind Show Caves and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will thrill your kids.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gunung Mulu National Park driving holiday planner .

Townsville, Australia to Gunung Mulu National Park is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Townsville to Gunung Mulu National Park. In December in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gunung Mulu Summit Trek ©
Gunung Mulu Summit Trek
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Deer Cave ©
Deer Cave

3
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.
Bring the kids along to KL Bird Park and Sunway Lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to Genting Highlands (Chin Swee Cave Temple, Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm, & more) and Putra Mosque (in Putrajaya). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, have some family-friendly fun at Stars Archery Berjaya Times Square, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuala Lumpur. In December, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Genting Highlands, Sunway Lagoon, Putra Mosque, Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
Sunway Lagoon ©
Sunway Lagoon
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Laser Battle ©
Laser Battle

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a tour by water with Travel Agent Hanoi, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi route website .

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
West Lake ©
West Lake

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Bring the kids along to The Duck Stop and Phong Nha Botanic Garden. The adventure continues: Head underground at Son Doong Cave and explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Bach Dang ©
Bach Dang
Indochina Cycling Tour ©
Indochina Cycling Tour

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Family-friendly places like Patong Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Nai Harn Beach in Nai Harn, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kata Beach, look for gifts at Suit Master, and admire the sheer force of Gibbon Rehabilitation Project.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip planning tool .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Nai Harn Beach, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP)
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Loh Dalum Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Bay, kick back and relax at Ao Ton Sai, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Beach, and Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don tour builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 1.5 hours. In January in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

3
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Bring the kids along to Railay Beach and Ao Phra Nang. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at PhraNang Cave Beach, step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, stop by VICTORIA Fashion House, and take some stellar pictures from Railay Beach Viewpoint.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Krabi Town trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Ao Nang Beach ©
Ao Nang Beach

2
nights
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Lighthouse Bay. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sai Nuan Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Tanot Bay, explore the activities along Rocky Bay, and have fun at Koh Tao CrossFit.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koh Tao trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Krabi Town to Koh Tao in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Koh Tao when traveling from Krabi Town in January, with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sai Nuan Beach ©
Sai Nuan Beach
Koh Tao CrossFit ©
Koh Tao CrossFit

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Wat Ched Yot, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Getting from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Koh Tao in January, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

5
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.
Kids will enjoy SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Safari World. Change things up with a short trip to Ancient City in Samut Prakan (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bangkok day trip planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, Bangkok is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Safari World ©
Safari World

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