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!)
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 Reap, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
DIY TRAVEL ITINERARY TO INDOCHINA (CAMBODIA, THAILAND AND MALAYSIA)
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.
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 Essentials||Description ( Cost)||Total Amount Spent|
|Flights||Flights from MNL-REP-BKK-KUL-SIN-MNL||£156.00 | Php 10,000|
|Airport Transfers||using tuk-tuk and UBER||£37.00 | PHP 2,347|
|Accommodation||budget hotels, B&B and hostels||£103 | PHP 6,570|
|Activities||Entrance to various attractions etc.||£57.54 | PHP 3,670|
|TOTAL COSTS||£353.54 | PHP 22,540|
Tareach Angkor Villa
A and A Guesthouse
Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.