Backpacking Singapore-Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand in 7 Days with 25K
This is our 7-day trip to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Siem Reap Cambodia, Phuket and Bangkok Thailand.
I guess, you’ve already read so many articles about this itinerary. But this trip will still give you tips that you haven’t read from any other blogs.
Yes, we managed to congest all these 4 countries in 7 days because we only visited some of the key destinations included in our bucket list.
The backpacking was planned for almost a year by reading some blogs and asking some friends on how we could possibly transfer from one country to another. It was my first time to travel out of the country and I must admit that since we only had seven days to go around, I had the fear it won’t go as planned.
We were worried we might miss our flights or flights might get delayed which would ruin the whole itinerary. But we were blessed since all of our flights were on time and we didn’t have any problems transferring from one destination to another.
In this post, I will share to you our budget, itineraries, and guides per country which you can use on your next trip, too. However, I have also written separate articles per country for a more detailed itinerary.
First things first: Booking cheap airfare is one of the major factors in achieving a budget travel. Our flights were booked months before the trip. I downloaded airline apps like Cebu Pac, Air Asia, and PAL so I can receive notifications on their recent promos.
Our flight per person to Singapore was booked last November 2016 which costs P1999, Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap was booked last December 2016 and costs P1012, Siem Reap to Phuket costs P2000 while Bangkok to Manila costs P2500.
Bus transfers were also booked two weeks before the trip thru the RedBus.SG (565 in peso) and BusOnlineTicket.com. (700 +) It’s also an advantage that we were in a group since we were able to divide our cab rides into four persons.
Fast forward to June 7, we left Manila at 5:00 AM and reached Changi Aiport at 9:00 AM. We pretty much saw most of Singapore in one day. We went sightseeing in their famous tourist spots like Sentosa, Little India, China Town, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands and bought pasalubongs at Mustafa Centre.
Not so much into amusement parks, we didn’t bother purchasing tickets for USS but since we are already in Sentosa, the group decided to still visit the Waterfront Station and take pictures in front of the Universal Studios. For a more detailed itinerary of our Singapore trip, read this – Finally off my Bucketlist: One Day Budget Travel in Singapore.
There are so many other places in Singapore which we did not visit on this 1-day trip like the Nigh Safari, Boat Quay, Orchard Road, and the National Museum. We also missed the Singapore Flyer which I heard is a great experience, too.
Although, honestly, we have no interest in those places we missed but if you guys want to experience what Singapore has to offer, you have to at least stay for 3 days.
Bus trips from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur or vice versa is available every day. We booked through RedBus.SG online weeks before our trip and presented our online reservation at the ticket center of Seasons Express Company located at Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore.
We left Singapore at 11:30 PM and arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 5:30 AM.
We were dropped-off at Berjaya Times Square and stayed at SCC Hotel. In the morning, we went to Batu Caves and Petronas Towers then rested for a while in the hotel. In the afternoon, we visited the Merkeda Square, Chinatown, and the Bukit Bintang to buy pasalubongs.
We spent the night in Kuala Lumpur and the next day, we flew to Siem Reap. For a more detailed itinerary of our Kuala Lumpur trip, read this – Our trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in One Day.
In Siem Reap, we spent the whole day touring the Angkor Wat Temple and went to the night market for dinner and pasalubongs. We spent the night at Tan Kimlong Guesthouse who also arranged the tuktuk for us. For a more detailed itinerary of our Siem Reap trip, read this – One Day Siem Reap Cambodia Itinerary.
The next day, it’s out trip to Phuket Thailand. We stayed in Phunara Residence near Patong Beach. The first day was spent going around Patong with a motorbike, enjoying the beach, watching the sunset, and visiting the Bangla Road. The next day we visited the famous Maya Bay Island, Phi Phi Island, and Khai Island.
After the island hopping experience, we took a 12-hour bus ride which was absolutely an amazing experience as the VIP bus was really comfortable. We enjoyed free snacks, dinner, blanket and Wi-Fi!
We reached Bangkok at 6 AM and we stayed in Green House Bangkok located in Khao San Road. In Bangkok, we visited the floating market and spent the night buying souvenirs along Pratanum. For a more detailed itinerary of our Phuket and Bangkok trip, read this – Our One Day in Bangkok Thailand.
The next day, we flew back to Manila.
Day 1 – Singapore
Sentosa (Waterfront Station)
Marina Bay Sands
Expenses = Php 1,692
Day 2 – Kuala Lumpur
Expenses = Php 1710
Day 3 – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple
Phnom Bakeng or Bakheng Hill
Angkor Wat Night Market
Expenses = Php 4085.48
Day 4 – Phuket, Thailand
Patong Beach, Phuket
Bangla Road, Phuket
Day 5 – Phuket, Thailand
Maya Bay Islands
Phi Phi Islands
Expenses: Php 4,241
Day 6 – Bangkok Island
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Temple
Coco Sugar Farm
Khao San Road
Expenses = Php 1744.185
Day 7 – Bangkok to Manila
Other Expenses (Flight & Souvenirs):
MNL- Singapore : Php 1,999
Kuala Lumpur – Siem Reap : Php 2,000
Siem Reap – Phuket : Php 1,012
Bangkok – Manila : Php 2,400
Pasalubong : Php 3,000
Phil Travel Tax : 1620
Total Expenses : Php 25, 184
To a more detailed itinerary per country, check the links below:
JudyOct 31, 2017
I love this Itinerary! Will help this a lot in my planning. I just want to ask if these places are “Tita” friendly. hehehe. Thanks a lot for your time! <3
Henor GotisNov 1, 2017
Hi Judy! Thanks for the feedback.
Definitely yes. Most of these destinations are accessible through public transportation.This budget can still be lessened if you avoid expensive restaurants. Enjoy your trip!
ReanneMar 24, 2018
I would like to know where you booked your 12 hour bus trip? What is the name of the bus and did you have any stop over during that time? Also how much did it cost and how far is the bus terminal from your hotel in Siem Reap?
Henor GotisApr 24, 2018
Sorry for the late reply. if you’re pertaining to our bus trip from Phuket to Bangkok, I booked our bus trip online through http://www.busonlineticket.com. we only had one stop over to eat for dinner. It costs every passenger THB587. Now in Siem Reap, we didn’t experience riding a bus or didn’t even have a chance riding one or visit the terminal. But from the hotel, airport terminals and bus terminals are just 10-15 minutes away.
Clear RubinJul 30, 2018
I really like your detailed itinerary but I have few questions:
1. From SG to KL you ride a bus how may hours travel?
2. From Malaysia to Combodia (by plane or bus?)
Hope to hear from you soon 🙂
Henor GotisJul 31, 2018
Hi Clear Rubin,
1. From SG to KL, the bus ride travel time is 5-6 hours.
2. From Malaysia, we took the plane going to Cambodia. It’s a one hour flight.