DIY Travel Itinerary to Indochina (Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia)

Solo travel using this travel itinerary to Indochina.

I’ve always been fascinated by the mystical beauty of Indochina. The ancient temples and grandeur architectural designs of their buildings are really outstanding!  It has a lot of character that reflects their culture and traditions.

So after being inspired by a good friend who lives in Siem Reap, who has never failed in promoting the all the best things to do in Siem Reap and Bangkok, Thailand (other than shopping!)

DIY Travel Itinerary to Indochina (Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia)
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I’ve decided to tackle on to solo travel to Indochina starting from Siem Reap to Singapore on a shoestring budget. So after reading loads of travel guide to Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia, I’ve finally get to a solid-ish plan (this travel itinerary to Indochina) on where to go and to do in Siem ReapBangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

DIY TRAVEL ITINERARY TO INDOCHINA (CAMBODIA, THAILAND AND MALAYSIA)

Visa Requirements

I travelled around these countries using my Philippine passport. Visa is not required. Find out more on how I travelled as a dual citizen using two different passports.

If you are looking on how to get an ED visa and how to get Thai tourist visa you can check these helpful guides.

Trip Budget

Here’s is the breakdown of the cost of this trip. Since I have used two currencies GBP and PHP, I have included the conversion on the table below.

Travel EssentialsDescription ( Cost)Total Amount Spent
FlightsFlights from MNL-REP-BKK-KUL-SIN-MNL£156.00 | Php 10,000
Airport Transfersusing tuk-tuk and UBER£37.00 | PHP 2,347
Accommodationbudget hotels, B&B and hostels£103 | PHP 6,570
ActivitiesEntrance to various attractions etc.£57.54 | PHP 3,670
TOTAL COSTS£353.54 | PHP 22,540

Suggested Accommodation:

Tareach Angkor Villa

Address: #781, Vihear Chin Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check their rates at Booking.com | Agoda TripAdvisor

A and A Guesthouse

Address: 30 Rambuttri Street, Banglampoo, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
Check their rates at Booking.com | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur

Address: No.30, Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur
Check their rates at Booking.com | Agoda | TripAdvisor

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Itinerary Details

DAY 1:

7 PM:  Departing Manila, Philippines to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

I arrived in Siem Reap around 10 PM; the tuk-tuk airport pick up was complimentarily arranged by the hotel.

Travel tip: All hotels in Cambodia provides a free airport pick – up. So get in touch with the reservation of your hotel to arrange one.

DAY 2:

4 AM – Pick-up time to start the Angkor Wat Sunrise tour. The tuk-tuk driver took me to the Ticket centre to buy the Angkor Wat site ticket day pass for all the temples for $37USD.

5:30 AM – Angkor Wat temple waiting for the sunrise. Here are the best temples to visit around Angkor National Park.

Travel Photography Tip: As you walk towards the Angkor Wat temple, the best vantage point for taking awesome pictures will be on the left side of the lake.

The crowded spot in Angkor Wat
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Make sure you’ll get to the temple as early as you can to bag the perfect spot.  You need to bring a tripod for your long exposure shots, or carefully use a stone from the lake bank to get a steady shot.  Also, take a flashlight (torch) with you!  The temple ground is pitch black when you get there before dawn.

6 am – 2 pm Temple tour. Make sure you bring and drink plenty of fluids because it’s so warm and humid while walking around the temple grounds.

2 pm – 5 pm Rest (catch up on my sleep!)

Around 6 pm, I went out to Siem Reap Night Market before meeting up with friends who live in Siem Reap.

DAY 3:

Before I left Siem Reap in the afternoon, I’ve decided to walk around the nearby area towards the Pub Street. Pub Street is known for its vibrant and colourful nightlife.

1 PM: I checked out at the Tareach Angkor Villa heading to the airport. Its 5 USD one-way going to the airport.

3 PM: Departure flight to Bangkok.

4 PM: Arrival in Bangkok, it took me an hour to get through the long queues at the BKK airport.

5 PM I managed to get out of the airport! Finally, and took an Uber ride to my guesthouse near Khao San Road.

When I finally reached the area, the Uber driver dropped me off at the wrong end of the street where my guesthouse was located.

It’s ok; I managed well amidst the busy and crowded street.  I found my guesthouse at the other end of the street after asking some locals where it might be!

After dinner, I asked the reception at our guest house if there’s any available temple tour for tomorrow (Sunday).  After a few phone calls to their travel agents, the answer is NO. Since I haven’t pre-booked the tour and I’m a solo traveller, they can’t accommodate me.

So I made my own Bangkok temple tour itinerary, of course, while drinking a bottle of Chang! You can also check this alternative itinerary around Thailand.

DAY 4: 

8 am – Headed out to start my DIY Temple tour of Bangkok. I took the tourist ferry to the Grand Palace for 40 Baht!

Travel tip: There is a cheaper type of ferry with an orange flag, for only 15 Baht. The tourist ferry with the Blue flag was less crowded, and the facilities were better including the audio guide while cruising the Chao Phraya River.

I started my tour at the Grand Palace, but since wearing leggings were also prohibited, I bought a sarong for 100Baht outside the palace gates.

Travel tip: Make sure to bring your passport with you when you are visiting the Grand Palace because the palace security needs it for inspection and validation.

The entrance fee to palace’s gate was 500 Baht.

After roaming around the Grand Palace, I went to the Wat Pho temple where you can find the reclining Buddha.

After visiting Wat Pho, I went to grab lunch before heading to Wat Arun, across the Chao Phraya river.

There was a 4-baht boat fare to cross the river.

After visiting the Wat Arun, I finished my day cruising back to the ferry station near my guest house by Khao San road.

Day 5:

The side trip to Kuala Lumpur was just to see Batu Caves and Petronas Tower before I head towards Singapore to visit my friends. I know this will be the “amazing race” leg of the trip where I have to rush everything.

But, as a travel photographer, I can’t miss the chance of taking the shot!

I headed to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok around 10 am to catch my midday flight to Kuala Lumpur.

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur around 4 pm, so to make the most of my stopover in KL, I took an Uber car that took me directly to the Batu caves which were on the other side of the city!

After roaming around Batu Caves around 7 pm, I headed back to KL Sentral to finally check-in and rest.

Day 6:

It’s a pretty early start for me!

I left the hotel around 6 am, and took the metro to KLCC from KL Sentral to see the Petronas Towers.

After taking a few shots of the landmark, I headed back to the metro to catch my KL Express train back to the airport to catch my flight to Singapore to meet my friends.

I hope that you find my travel itinerary helpful as you plan your tri-city trip in the Indochine route.

Have you been to Indochina?
Share with us your travel experience below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryazan Tristram EverythingZany Author Bio
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Ryazan Tristram

Travel Writer & Photographer

Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her on travelling around the globe with a mission to share the best of the world.

Bayon Temple, Siem Reap
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27 thoughts on “DIY Travel Itinerary to Indochina (Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia)”

  1. Wow, this is a well written post and so much detail. Even just looking at the photos is making me want to visit Indochina even more. I havent been there yet but its been a long time coming. I love checking out temples in other parts of Asia and so want to check this out.

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  2. This is such a detailed post! Love the Instagram photos – they are all so beautiful! Good tip to go to the left side of the lake at Angkor Wat for photos! I’ll definitely refer to this next time we are travelling through South East Asia

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  3. Sounds like an Amazing Race trip for sure. There are two parts to every show. The race part, yeah, but they never forget the Amazing. We had an opportunity to meet. Phil Keoghan earlier this year and he has a well cultivated sense of amazement. He would have loved how much local color and attractions you put on your trip. It isn’t just traveling from point a to point b at a high rate of speed.

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  4. What an intricate post! I love all of your photos. I’ve never been to Asia at all, but Indochina has always fascinated me. The Reclining Buddha looks amazing. I’d imagine it’s impossible to fit all of him into a photo, haha. Such a big statue!

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    • Thanks a lot, Rachel! I’m sure you will definitely love Asia. The Reclining Buddha is huge. It occupies almost the whole area inside the temple, plus they are currently renovating some parts of it so the whole body shot of the Buddha would be a challenge.

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  5. I love reading posts about this area of the World but for some reason planning a trip here feels overwhelming — not now, since you did it for me 🙂
    Great info, thank you!

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  6. Wow, thank you for the work you put into this. You got so much into this trip, and your photos are absolutely stunning. We’re going to Cambodia at the end of the year and I will definitely be following some of your itinerary.

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  7. I loved the ruins of Cambodia, and Thailand is a country that I would love to go any number of times as I could never get enough of the country on my previous trips! I want to check off Malaysia soon and can’t wait to get there. Loved your wonderful pics!

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  8. Amazing instagram shots. Well done!! I went to Angkor Wat for sunrise earlier this year and was unable to capture gorgeous photos like yours. Your Bangkok shots are amazing as well! What a great article with inspiring photos!

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  9. What a great itinerary for some of the most beautiful places! Your photos are absolutely beautiful and would make anyone travel just to get a glimpse of those places. Thailand is one of my all-time favorite places to visit and I can’t wait to go back. Cambodia has been on my list for a long time and I just hope to get there soon. Very cool resource for anyone traveling!

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  10. Hi Ms. Ryazan, hope you’re having a great day! I read your indo-china trip and amazed by it and makes wanna follow your WHOLE itinerary. LOLS! 😀 The only thing that pulling me back is the air transport. I mean airlines you flew from MNL-REP-BKK-KUL-SIN-MNL. Hoping for your feedback soon. 🙂 thanks and more power!

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  11. Hi,

    I am planning on travelling solo next year. Could you give me some tips on solo backpacking trip. I’ am planning to visit Thailand, cambodia and Malaysia.

    Thank you and appreciate your reply.

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