38 days in Cambodia, Malaysia & Philippines Itinerary

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Langkawi, Malaysia
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George Town, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines
— 5 nights
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Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 26th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Pub Street.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip planner.

London, UK to Siem Reap is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 7 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Siem Reap at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 4 nights

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
On the 3rd (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, buy something for everyone on your list at Eden Garden Mall, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Langkawi.
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Langkawi, Malaysia — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Langkawi is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Langkawi trip builder site.

Getting from Phnom Penh to Langkawi by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Langkawi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to George Town.
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George Town, Malaysia — 4 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Change things up with a short trip to Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and examine the collection at Penang House of Music.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the George Town online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to George Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Langkawi to George Town is minus 1 hour. In January in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 5 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, walk around KLCC Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and cool off at Sunway Lagoon.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary planning site.

Fly from George Town to Kuala Lumpur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur. In January, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Puerto Princesa.
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines — 2 nights

City in the Forest

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
On the 16th (Mon), wander the streets of Stellar Grounds and then contemplate the waterfront views at Honda Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Babuyan River, then look for gifts at Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Tubbataha Reef.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Princesa road trip website.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Puerto Princesa in 9.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lapu Lapu.
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines — 5 nights

Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lapu Lapu: Cebu City (University of San Carlos Museum, Basilica del Santo Nino, &more) and The Cebruery - Craft Beer Taproom (in Mandaue). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Cebu Happy World Museum, head outdoors with NTJ Watersports Cebu, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lapu Lapu day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Princesa to Lapu Lapu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Lapu Lapu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Boracay.
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Boracay, Philippines — 5 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Beach, and don't miss a visit to Boracay.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Boracay day trip app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Lapu Lapu to Boracay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Lapu Lapu in January, expect nights in Boracay to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manila.
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Manila, Philippines — 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Urban Greens Hydroponic Farm Systems, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent de Paul Parish Church, then see the interesting displays at Museo Filipino Intramuros, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church and then walk around Rizal Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manila trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Manila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Boracay in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Manila, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Malaysia travel guide

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An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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