Southeast Asia - Singapore, Thailand, & Malaysia - Trip Itinerary & Travel Budget

South East Asia

We got an invitation for a global meetup in Singapore with several of my husbands colleges from around the world for a conference. We have been interested in going to Asia and figured this was a one time chance to share some of the experience with this group so we went for it. We started in Singapore, flew to Krabi, Thailand for a tropical adventure, and finished in Malaysia with a tour of Taman Negara National Park and explored the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Day by Day Schedule

Day 1 – Flight to Singapore

Flew from NY to Singapore via Taipei, Taiwan, about 24 hours.

Day 2 – Singapore

Arrive in Singapore and stayed in Chinatown. Ate dinner at Lau Pa Sat Market

Day 3 – Singapore - Walkways and Universal Studios

Walked from Southern Ridges to Henderson Waves Walkway, to Mt Faber, ate at Food Republic food court in Vivo City, walked Across the Sentosa Gateway Boardwalk to Universal Studios, and ate in the Clarke Quay canal district.

Day 4 – Singapore - Walking Tour, Coast Walk, and the Light Show

Took a tip based Free Walking Tour of the Chinatown area, tried Michelin Star street food soya chicken, walked the coastal boardwalks to Keppel Bay and the Harbor Front area, had amazing roti at Makansutra Glutton’s Bay, walked across the Helix Bridge at night, and watched the light show at Marina Bay Sands.

Day 5 – Singapore - Gardens by the Bay and flight to Krabi, Thailand

We saw a little of Gardens by the Bay, said good bye to our friends, and flew to Krabi, Thailand.

Day 6 – Krabi, Thailand - Rented a scooter, hiked Tab Kak Hang Nak National Park, and dinner on Noppharat Beach

We found a scooter rental, grabbed some lunch in Ao Nang and booked a tour for the next day, rode to Tab Kak Hang Nak National Park, hiked to the top, and had a relaxing dinner on Nappharat Beach while watching the sunset.

Day 7 – Krabi, Thailand - Took the Phi Phi Island Boat Tour

Went snorkeling at Hin Pae, did a drive by of Viking Cave, went swimming in Pi Leh Bay Lagoon, stopped at Monkey Bay, stopped for picture on the beach at Maya Bay, had a buffet lunch at Phi Phi Don, snorkeled and watched naughty monkeys on Bamboo Island. Finally had another dinner on Nappharat Beach.

Day 8 – Krabi, Thailand - Climbed Tiger Cave Temple and took a long tail boat to Railey Beach

Climbed the 1000 stairs with monkey obstacles to the mountain top Tiger Cave Temple and took a long tail boat to Railey Beach and caves.

Day 9 – Thailand to Kaula Lumpur Malaysia - Explored some street markets in Kuala Lumpur

Explored the Central Market and Jalan Alor markets.

Day 10 – Malaysia - Visited the deer and elephants on our way to Taman Negara National Park

We started out tour of Taman Negara. On the way to the park we stopped at an animal sanctuary and feed the deer and elephants.

Day 11- Malaysia - Taman Negara National Park

Did a jungle hike and learned about survival in the jungle, then did a rope bridge canopy walk. In the afternoon we visited an indigenous village, learned how to start a fire and use a blow dart. Played in the rapids in the power boat and took a night jungle tour.

Day 12- Malaysia - Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Saw old city hall, walked around the city, and had dinner with a view at the Hemisphere Restaurant.

Day 13- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visited Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers, and KL Park.

Day 14 - Going Home

Flew back to NY, again stopping in Taipei, Taiwan.


Approx $2870 total for two

  • NY Flight Roundtrip: $1400
  • Singapore Lodging (3 nights): $250
  • Universal Studios: $70
  • Singapore -> Thailand Flight: $115
  • Thailand Lodging (3 nights): $245
  • Scooter Rental (1 week): $45
  • Phi Phi Islands Boat Tour: $70
  • Thailand -> Malaysia Flight: $125
  • Malaysia Lodging (3 nights): $130
  • Taman Negara Tour: $370
  • Transportation: $40

If you are on a budget, with the exception of Singapore, you could find comfortable lodging for about half what we paid.


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