In the last two years I was able to travel to Asia twice. The first time in 2016 was so amazing that I fell madly in love with the continent and I came back in 2017 for another 30 days going through several countries that were left out the first time. The two trips were successful, without any relevant problems and that’s why I decided to make two posts with these two itineraries in Asia. For those who want to go without headaches.
As it’s a long material, I’ll split it into two parts, ok?
On the first trip, I passed through Thailand (with a day trip to Myanmar), Cambodia and Malaysia for 30 days, considering the travel time there and between cities and countries.
Here is a post in which I explain how I planned this trip: click here
My itineraries in Asia: Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia
I arrived in Bangkok from São Paulo via Dubai, I booked 4 full days for Bangkok, I think the city deserves even more than that, but I managed to do everything I had in mind.
I booked a day to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho Temple, the temple of the reclining Buddha. I crossed the Chao Phraya River and went to visit Wat Arun, the temple of the dawn.
The next day I went on a boat tour and visited more less touristy temples on the other side of the river and the night, as usual, ended the day on Khao San Road.
On the third day I went on a tour to visit the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market and the train market, a street fair in the city of Maeklong that is mounted on the railway tracks and is constantly interrupted by the coming and going of trains.
On the last day in Bangkok I went to visit the historic city of Ayutthaya, located 80 kilometers north of Bangkok.
Here on the blog there is a complete guide about Bangkok: Bangkok guide
All posts about Bangkok here
Chiang Mai, Thailand
After Bangkok I went to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for three full days to visit the women giraffe tribe of Myanmar and also stopped by Tiger Temple to be shocked by the animal exploitation in Thailand.
In the following days I went to visit Doi Suthep, the mountain temple of Chiang Mai and spent the rest of the day visiting the most incredible temples in the city. At night, the best is the Chiang Mai night market.
All posts about Chiang Mai here.
What to do in Chiang Mai
Siem Reap, Cambodia
After visiting northern Thailand, because of the logistics and the ease of finding cheap airline tickets, I went to Cambodia to visit Siem Reap for 3 days, the city is the gateway to the temples of Angkor Wat.
The first two days I visited the Angkor Wat temple complex and the third day I walked around Siem Reap. If you have an extra day, it is also worth visiting Phnom Penh, the capital of the country.
All posts about Siem Reap here
Itinerary in Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia
Things to do in Siem Reap
After the Cambodian heat I returned to Thailand and went down to the extreme south, in the city of Krabi for 5 days of lots of beach, shade and fresh water.
In those days I visited Railay Beach, AoNang and AoNamao. I walked around the city and did the tour of the 7 islands with a lot of snorkeling and incredible sunsets in the Thai sea.
All posts about Krabi here
Koh Phi Phi Island
After these amazing days I took a ferry from Krabi to cross the sea to the famous Phi Phi Island for 2 full days there.
On the first day, of course, I went to visit Maya Bay, one of the main postcards in the country and which became world famous after the movie. The beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio. The next day I went to explore the island, with its viewpoints and beaches. I confess that I was a little disappointed with the super dirty beaches.
All posts about Phi Phi Island here
Complete tour of the islands of southern Thailand
As my flight to Malaysia left Phuket, I decided to stay in the city for two days. Phuket is a transit town for those who go to the islands, there is not much to do.
But on the day I spent there I visited the Patong Beach – one of the beaches most devastated by the 2004 Tsunami – and which still has some marks of that tragedy and the old town, an old area that stretches along some streets, has some funky restaurants and cafes. In a city that is so dependent on beaches, discovering this little piece of Phuket was special.
All posts about Phuket here
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
My last country on this trip was Malaysia, and I booked 5 days for Kuala Lumpur. But the city is relatively small and you can do it in less time.
First I went to visit Kuala Lumpur’s main postcard, the Petronas Towers, which were once the tallest buildings in the world. I spent the day walking around the city and stopping at the KL Tower, from where we have an incredible view of the city.
The next day I visited Batu Caves, the Hindu shrine on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on the way back I decided to enjoy the city’s nightlife and I was not disappointed, but it is worth remembering that as Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, the bars are more for tourists and occupy a small region in the center of the city.
On my third day I went to visit the typical neighborhoods, Little India and Chinatown, a nice experience that is really worth it, I also walked a lot through the streets and if you have a little more time, it’s worth a visit. Port Dickson and Malaccaclose to Kuala Lumpur and which were colonized by the British and Portuguese.
All posts about Kuala Lumpur here
Bangkok, Thailand (part 2)
Before returning to Brazil I made another 3-day stop in Bangkok, to do some shopping because I was already out of clothes (haha), I ended up getting two tattoos at Kaoh San and on the last day I even took a train ride back to Myanmar, which I do not recommend because it was unplanned, the deadline was short and I was afraid of not being able to return to Thailand, as I would return to Brazil the next day.
Posts to plan your trip
Asia backpack 2016
During the trip I wrote daily posts here on the blog and you can read them all here.
Arriving in Bangkok
Post with all the tips on how to go through Thai immigration and transport from Bangkok to the city center.
Things to do in Ayutthaya
Full post with the script for a round-trip
How to get to Ayutthaya
See here how to get to the historic city
internet in thailand
Is it worth buying a chip, which operator to use?
Arriving in Cambodia
Post with immigration tips in Siem Reap
Visa to Cambodia
Step by step on how to get a tourist visa in Cambodia
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur
Post with all information about visa, immigration in transport in Malaysia
Let’s talk about the dangers and scams in Thailand?
8 tips to survive the Asian heat
15 things you need to know before visiting Thailand
8 experiences in Bangkok
15 things you need to know before visiting Cambodia
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