Itinerary and Travel Route in South East Asia

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If you have the time, there are different ways to explore countries, and every traveler likes to take different approaches – some like to arrive at one place and gather their bearings before deciding which parts to explore, while others like to have their places to visit outlined before arriving.

If you have little or no idea of where to travel in Southeast Asia, the following section will give you suggestions on itineraries and activities to get the most out of your trip. This section is divided into short trips of less than two weeks and longer trips. Recommended travel time is provided at the beginning of each itinerary.

1. Indonesia

(7 days) your trip starts in the capital Jakarta, where you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of Indonesia, with a visit to the National Museum and Kota Tua or Jakarta Old Town. You may also be interested in visiting the Monas Observatory Tower to get a great view of the entire city. It is then on Surabaya where you can witness the locals involved in hand making cigarettes in the House of Sampoerna or climb to the top of the majestic Mt Bromo.

From here it’s a hop east to the vibrant island of Bali. There are two main areas to visit. In the south of the island you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife or enjoy delicious cuisine in many of the restaurants in the area. Once you feel like you’re all gone, head to the center of the island for a more relaxed atmosphere. Here you can visit the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud or the rice terraces.

2. Borneo and Brunei

(8 days) this route starts on the eastern side of Borneo in Kota Kinabalu, where you can explore the beautiful peak of Mount Kinabalu, or explore the waters surrounding the Bay. From here it is on Brunei Darussalam and the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan or Bandar for short. Here you can visit the local mosques with their breathtaking architecture or the Brunei Arts and Crafts Center for some gifts. Finally, head west towards Kuching and soak up the local culture at the Sarawak Cultural Center and Museum.

3. Malaysia and Singapore

(9 days) start your journey by entering the Cameron Highlands and visiting the tea plantations or viewing the mossy forest from Mount Brinchang. It’s then time to explore Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, and the iconic Petronas towers or try the delicious Nasi Lemak, the national dish.

The next destination to visit is the city-state of Singapore. There are many places to explore here, such as the culturally important Chinatown and Sentosa Island for a lot of fun activities. You can also explore the Hawker’s Markets for some tasty food at an affordable price.
Finally, be back in Malaysian territory to enjoy Kota Kinabalu and the mystical Mount Kinabalu or waterfront activities along Jesselton Point.

4. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

(12 days) Start your trip in Hanoi, where you can get your cultural fix at the Museum of Ethnology or watch the Golden Bell Show with its various dances and performances from all over Vietnam. From here, head along the coast to Hue and see the impressive Imperial Citadel with its pavilions, temples and galleries. The final destination in Vietnam is the iconic Ho Chi Minh City, with attractions like The Debate Remnants Museum and Mekong Delta Cruise for you to enjoy.

From here, the next destination in Cambodia is Phnom Penh and the chilling Choeung Ek finishing Fields, to get your history fixed and to help you appreciate life that little bit extra. The last place to visit in the country is the iconic Siam Reap in front of the Angkor Wat temples.

Vientiane is the capital of Laos and the best place to end your trip through these three beautiful countries. Here you should visit Xieng Khuan Buddha Park with its countless number of Buddha statues and get involved in some sunset aerobics along the boulevard next to the Mekong.

5. Thailand and Malaysia Peninsula

(12 days) start your journey through Thailand and Malaysia in Chiang Mai, where you can explore the Elephant Nature Park for rescued elephants or take a cooking class and become familiar with the famous Thai cuisine as you put it together yourself. Then head to the hustle and bustle of the capital Bangkok and Khlong Lat Mayom floating markets for an unforgettable experience, or hop on a boat along the Chao Phraya River for many interesting views of local life. From here, Phuket is a great beach destination to break the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, as well as for the chance to play with baby tigers in the Kathu Tiger Kingdom.

From here, head towards Malaysia and the Cameron Highlands to visit the tea plantations or see the beautiful landscapes in the area. Finally, it is the capital Kuala Lumpur to visit the iconic Petronas towers or to visit the nearby Batu Caves.

6. Thailand and Myanmar

(12 days) start your trip in a relaxed way by visiting the tropical paradise of Phuket and take a day trip to the beautiful Phi Phi island. Your next destination will take a more cheerful change with a visit to Bangkok – here, you should take a boat along the Chao Phraya River for views of temples, luxury buildings, and also wooden huts and colonial buildings in various states. Finally, head to Chiang Mai and take a cooking class to sample some beautiful Thai dishes you can do together, or visit the perspective-bending 3D art museum.

The first stop to visit in Myanmar is the capital Yangon, and the National Museum with its many artifacts from around the country. Finally, it is on Mandalay and the regal Mandalay Palace consists of several large pavilions and rooms.

7. Indonesia and East Timor

(19 days) start your journey through the archipelago in the capital Jakarta, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Indonesia, with a visit to the National Museum and Kota Tua or the Old City of Jakarta. You may also be interested in visiting the Monas Observatory Tower to get a great view of the entire city. From here, head towards Yogyakarta and experience a more traditional cultural experience by visiting The Batik Museum or Borobudur temple. It is then on Surabaya where you can witness the locals involved in hand-making cigarettes in the House of Sampoerna or climb to the top of the really awesome Mt Bromo.

From here, it’s a hop East to the vibrant island of Bali, where you can easily spend a few days in any part of the island. Start your stay in the south of the island, where you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife or enjoy delicious cuisine in many of the restaurants in the area. Head to the center of the island to visit Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest or rice terraces, and finally head east for the summit of Mt Agung and a more relaxed coastal life.

It’s then another island-hop east to Flores to visit an iconic animal, the Komodo dragon, in Komodo National Park. If you are close to the animal, be careful!

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