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Backpacking TH-MY-SG-IND for 9 Days: Full Itinerary for 15k Pesos Each

Last updated on May 24th, 2018

Asia is full of wonders! There’s just too much to do and we only have a limited time to do all of the things on our lists. We only had 9 days to squeeze everything in – without sacrificing too much of our budget – for Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia. This is a DIY travel itinerary. 🙂


A limitation of 30,000 Philippine pesos or roughly US$600 budget was set for this trip without compromising comfort, privacy, and food for the both of us. [Read: 5000 Pesos Challenge: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia]

Check our facebook album (link) for other information.

On this itinerary, I’ll show you how we made our 9 days of backpacking beautiful. We started in Thailand, then we head next to Malaysia via train, moved to Singapore via bus, and then sailed to Indonesia for a day trip and went back to Singapore, then to our homeland, Philippines, the most beautiful of all. [Read: Singapore for a Day]

First things first, (especially for Filipino travelers) make sure to renew your passport 6 months before it expires, else your travel plans will be invalidated. Go to the nearest DFA office to renew your passport. Book return tickets and accommodations prior to leaving the country for a higher chance of not getting off-loaded. We booked our hotels via Agoda (optional:

Immigration (F.A.Qs)

We’ve heard several horror stories about the immigration but don’t let it stop you from exploring. Frequently asked questions will most likely be:

a. How many days are you gonna be in –insert country here-?
-Be honest.
b. When are you coming back?
-Tell them your date of the flight back to Manila. So it’s better if you book flight tickets back early on.
c. Where are you going to stay once you’re there? backpacking
-Show them your accommodation documents. If staying with a friend, show them the address or the map.
d. Do you have a companion traveling with you?
-Girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, relatives, etc.
e. What’s your job/business? How many years have you been working in the company?
-Just tell them the truth. Office jobs are more likely to be accepted instantly. Freelancers, however, are being questioned more. Tell them everything they need to know especially if it’s your first out of the country trip and just be confident answering the questions.
PS: I am a freelancer. I was only asked 3 questions because the officer saw my Japan visa.

People who had passport stamps before gets easier interviews in the immigration.

Whatever your reason for leaving the country, just put a smile and be confident every time. Some officers would really ask you questions pertaining to what type of work you do, how much money do you have, can you support yourself outside the country, etc, because they need to know if you’re going back to your home country.

Backpacking Trip Expenses

Flight Tickets (RT, 2 people): (in Pesos | via Cebu Pacific promo fare)
⋅ MNL (Manila) – BKK (Bangkok) (one way) : ₱1,494.88
⋅ SIN (Singapore) – MNL (Manila)(one way) : ₱3,680.55

Philippine Travel Tax: 1620 each x 2 = ₱3,240.00

Hotels and accommodations: (in Php)
Thailand – L.A. Tower Hotel for 2 nights + taxes: ₱1,849.00link to review
Malaysia – Hotel Excel Inn for 1 night: 600.00 (54 MYR)
& Backpackers Travelers Inn for 2 nights₱1,394.92link to review
Singapore – Amrise Hotel for 2 nights: ₱3,240.00

Ferry from SG to Indonesia for 2: 88 SGD (₱3,078.74 – for two pax RT)
For ferry schedule and rates, here’s the link

Watch our short video covering Thailand and Malaysia.

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SG$50 = 440,000+ IDR

 Backpacking Itinerary Details

Day 1 (January 24-25) Thailand

10:00 pm: Departed from NAIA Terminal 3 (GMT + 8)
12:30 am: Arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) (GMT + 7)
Since there are no trains and only taxis are available at these off hours – we decided to stay in the airport until morning.
Thailand 4G Sim: 49 Baht backpacking
6:00 am: Went to Super Rich Money Changer to exchange Peso to Baht located on the ground floor
PS: You don’t have to exchange your PHP to USD. You can exchange PHP to THB directly. You would lose less money that way instead of PHP to USD to THB.

7:00 am: Train to Phaya Thai station (45 baht each x2)
8:00 am – 2:00 pm: mostly by walking – with our bags strapped on
Democracy Monument
Loha Prasat
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)
Wat Sunthorn
Wat Saket (20 Baht each x 2)
Wat Ratcha Natdaram Worawihan
Xuantianshangdi Temple
Grand Palace
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Ratchapradit
City Pillar Shrine Lak Muang
3:00 pm:
Tuktuk ride to Hua Lamphong Station (100 Baht x 2)
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan station (39 Baht x 2)
Walk and check in to L.A. Tower Hotel
Sutthisan Station to Hua Lamphong: (39 Baht)
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan: (39 Baht)

I found out I lost my GoPro with me when we were in the station on the way to Sutthisan. So I went back to      Hua Lamphong to check if I left it somewhere there. I’ve gone through all the stops we had and found nothing.   Luckily, it was at the ticket counter and they gave it back to me! Apparently, I left it after inquiring about our possible tickets to Padang Besar for Malaysia. Thank goodness!

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: We had a dinner courtesy of Mexicano Restaurante Authentico – sumptuous meals here! You should try this! Don’t forget to reserve your seats for dinner!
Sutthisan Station to Sukhumvit (25 Bhat x2)
Sukhumvit to Sutthisan: (25 Baht x2)
11:00 PM: Back to hotel

Day 2 (January 26) Thailand

11:00 am – 5:00 pm:
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong (38 Baht each x2)
Metered taxi to Wat Arun from Hua Lamphong (105 Baht)
Wat Pho (100 Baht each x2)
Wat Arun (50 Baht each x 2)
Chao Phraya River Ferry river crossing (4 Baht each x 4) – we had it twice
6:00 pm:
Metered Taxi to Hua Lamphong from Wat Pho (65 Baht)
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan (39 baht each x2)
7:00 pm: Back at hotel for swimming
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm:
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong (78 Baht x2)
Metered taxi from Hua Lamphong to Khao San Road (65 Baht)
Taxi to Hua Lamphong (60 Baht)
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan (39 baht x2)
11:00 pm: Back at hotel

Day 3 (January 27) Thailand – Malaysia

9:00 am – 11:30 am:
Sutthisan to Chatuchak (23 Baht x2)
Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Park
11:30 am – 12:00 pm:
Chatuchak to Sutthisan (23 Baht x2)
Check out at L.A. Tower Hotel
12:00pm – 3:00 pm: backpacking
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong (39 Baht each x2)
Booked tickets to Padang Besar Upper and Lower berth (1930 Baht)
3:10 pm onwards: Departure of sleeper train to Padang Besar, Malaysia
PS: The sleeper train is so comfortable and the whole trip was just like staycationing. 😉
Please read the article about crossing borders from Thailand (Bangkok) to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Day 4 (January 28) Malaysia

9:00 am (GMT + 8): Arrival of train in Padang Besar station, Malaysia
9:00 am – 12:20 pm: Malaysia Immigration + Eat + Money exchange outside the station
Malaysian Sim Card: 8.50 MYR
12:25 pm: Departure of KTM train from Padang Besar to Butterworth (11.40 MYR x2)
2:20 pm: Arrival of KTM train in Butterworth from Padang Besar
3:00 pm: Departure of bus from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur (45 MYR each x2)
9:00 pm: Arrival at TBS, Kuala Lumpur
Booked a ticket to Johor Bahru from TBS for the 31st (35 MYR each x2)
10:00 pm: Departure of Bus 690 from TBS to Pudu Sentral near Chinatown (2 MYR each x2)
10:20 pm: Arrival to Pudu Sentral
10:30 pm: Check in at hotel (but they were fully booked so we had to find another hotel for the night)
11:00 pm: Check in at Hotel Excel Inn (walk-in) (54 MYR)

Day 5 (January 29) Malaysia backpacking

8:00 am: Katsuri Walk
9:00 am – 11:00 am:
Train from Kuala Lumpur station to Batu Caves (2.5 MYR each x2)
Batu Caves to Kuala Lumpur station (2.5 MYR each x2)
Walk back to Hotel Excel Inn
12:00 pm: Check out at hotel
12:30 pm: Check in at Backpackers Travelers Inn, Chinatown
Explored some parts of Kuala Lumpur nearby Chinatown
6:00 pm – 11:00pm:
Train from Pasar Seni to KLCC station (2.10 MYR x2)
Went to KLCC
Petronas Towers
Suria KLCC
Menara KL (KL Tower)
Bukit Bintang
Walked back to Chinatown from Bukit Bintang
11:00 pm:  Back at Backpackers Travellers Inn

Day 6 (January 30) Malaysia

11:00 am – 8:00 pm: (all by walking)
Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
KL City Gallery
Textile Museum
Botanical Garden backpacking
Lake Gardens
Bamboo Playhouse
Amphitheater, Lake Gardens
It rained hard by the afternoon so we just sat around at the Bamboo Playhouse and waited for the rain to stop.
9:00 pm: Back at the hotel and went to Chinatown to look for goods (pasalubong)

Day 7 (January 31) Malaysia – Singapore

9:00 am – 11:30 am: 
Walked to Lake Gardens
Planetarium Negara
Stonehenge Replica
Chinatown shopping
12:00 pm: Check out from Backpackers Travelers Inn
1:00 pm: Bus 960 from Pudu Sentral to TBS (2.5 MYR each x2)
2:10 pm: Departure of bus from TBS to Johor Bahru (JB Larkin terminal) (stated above 35 MYR each x2)
7:20 pm: Arrival of the bus in Johor Bahru (JB Larkin terminal) from TBS (traffic!)
7:40 pm: Departure of Bus 170 heading to Queen Street, Singapore (2.5 MYR each x2)
Please read the article about crossing borders from Malaysia to Singapore
8:00 pm- 9:30 pm: Singapore Immigration
10:00 pm – 12:00 am:
Drop off at Sixth Avenue station
MRT from Sixth Avenue to Bugis (1.90 SGD each x2)
Bugis to Aljunied (1.60 SGD each x2)
10 mins walk to Amrise Hotel
Check in at Amrise Hotel

Day 8 (February 1) Singapore – Indonesia

This was the day we’re booked for Indonesia
Please read the article about crossing borders from Singapore to Indonesia

 7:30 am – 9:00 am: 
Aljunied Station to Tanah Merah MRT station (1.70 SGD and 1.90 SGD) because one of us lost a card
Taxi from Tanah Merah Station to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (12.50 SGD)
Check in, Immigration
9:10 am: Departure of ferry to Bintan, Indonesia
10:10 am: Arrival of ferry at Bintan, Indonesia backpacking
There’s a Money Changer at the Bintan Terminal, we exchanged SG$50 = 440,000 IDR
10:30 am – 7:00 pm:
Treasure Bay (Entrance Fee: 100,000 IDR each x2)
The Canopi
Lagoi Bay (Lagoi Beach)
Lagoi Plaza
7:00 pm: Check in at Bandar Bentan Talani (terminal), Immigration, etc
8:10 pm: Departure of Ferry to Singapore
9:10 pm: Arrival of Ferry from Bandar Bentan Talani to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore
Taxi to from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Tanah Merah MRT (8.90 SGD)
Tanah Merah MRT to Aljunied (1.80 SGD each x2)
10:00 pm: Back in hotel

Indonesia Day tour itinerary here. backpacking

Day 9 (February 2) Singapore 

8:00 am: Early check out from Amrise Hotel
Aljunied to Changi Aiport (2.10 SGD + 2.20 SGD)
8:30 am: Left Baggage at Changi Airport (6.40 SGD x 2 bags)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: 
Marina Bay
Marina Bay Gardens
Lotus Park
Merlion Park
Esplanade by the Bay
Vivo City
Bugis Junction for shopping (cheap goods)
Sentosa (Day Pass) (8 SGD each)
-Palawan Beach
-Siloso Beach
-Tanjung Beach
-Merlion Sentosa backpacking
-Universal Studios
-Madame Tussauds
[Singapore Itinerary – Where we went]
Changi to Marina Bay (2.30 + 2.40 SGD)
Esplanade to Harbour Front (Sentosa)
Harbour Front to Bugis (1.70 + 1.80 SGD)
Bugis to Changi airport (2.30 + 2.40 SGD)
5:15 pm: Check in at Changi Airport
6:50 pm onwards: Departure of plane from SG to Manila
10:30 pm: Arrival in Manila


1. Taxi prices may vary according to the traffic situation, location, and other several factors. Taxi in Thailand was relatively cheap. Taxi in Singapore was very expensive (almost everything).
2. I only included the entrance fees and commute expenses, food depends on how much you want to consume.
3. If there is no price indicated, that means it was free.
4. Yes, I took note of all our expenses for the whole trip – because we have a fixed budget. 🙂
5. This is not a packaged tour. It was our itinerary based on our experience.
6. If you’re a couple (like us), book a private room. If you’re in groups, book a dorm room (price per bed, cheaper).
7. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Don’t forget to like and follow our page! backpacking

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Jerny is a full-time freelancer, an IT Specialist, a traveler, a dreamer and also a reading enthusiast. He loves to travel, climb mountains, swim and take beautiful photos. Together with his girlfriend, Jane, are currently traveling all over the Philippines and aspires to explore every corner of the world.
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  1. Thanks for sharing. Any reason why you changed from Hotel Excel Inn to Backpackers Travelers Inn the next day? Trying to go by your IT for our trip but I was wondering if I can just stay at Hotel Sentral Pudu for 2 days.

    1. Hi Kaye, thanks for reading!

      We were originally booked at Backpackers Travelers Inn (but booked late, around 9pm). When we got to the hostel, there’s no room available as it has already been occupied before we had confirmed our booking, so we had to look for a place to stay for the night (Hotel Excel Inn) and negotiated to have our booking dates changed.

      and of course, you may stay at any other hotels for your trip 🙂

  2. I am 100% with you on your first statement “Asia is full of wonders” 🙂 Your itinerary looks so amazing and glad you were able to do it on budget as well. I am always short of day and budget while traveling, and your suggestions look like they were just made for me 🙂

  3. 4 countries in 9 days! Wow, you must’ve been so tired when you got back. Great that you listed all your expenses! Can’t believe it was all only P30k! 😀

  4. I want to do this on my way home before I go back to the Philippines!!! Sadly, I have a lot things with me so it’s impossible to do that. LOL but I will find a way to do a SEA Backpacking Thanks for showing how much a person really needs Cheers!

  5. Very nice travel journey will try to follow this one on my next travel. Hi Ms. Jerny do you have a separate complete travel expenses details on this trip? I’m kindly requesting if there is. Thanks

  6. Its really cool and inspiring! It looks easy to do. Would you recommend this to solo female traveler? It would be my first out-of-the-country tour if God permits. Hope you could respond

  7. Beautiful and interesting article about traveling 4 countries in 9 days. All the pictures looks amazing here but Singapore Popsicle and and caption is my favorite. This article is a great example of we can travel anywhere within a budget. Keep traveling guys, cheers.

  8. Informative blog! We will go to Singapore next year with my boyfriend, we have Jan 30 to Feb 10. Any itinerary that you can suggest? starting point and endpoint is singapore, but I want to go to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok and Phuket. 🙁

    1. That’s quite long! If you have extra cash, please do drop by Bintan, Indonesia – it’s just an hour away via boat! 🙂
      I suggest you take a look at the places we have been to for Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore is like 4-6 hours away only from Kuala Lumpur and KL still has a lot to offer for tourists.

  9. Hi, I’m planning to do your IT on my upcoming trip with my cousins by june next year. However, I’m kinda afraid that I might get offloaded at the airport. Because I’m still a student (but I’m not underage, I’m already 19) and I will be traveling only with one cousin from ph my other cousins will be coming from perth and we’ll meet up at SG. Any advice on how I can avoid getting offloaded? and How much money should I bring if it will be an 11 day tour? thank you. Hoping you’ll answer.

    1. Hello Lexi! My advice is to be confident when being asked by the immigration officer. There are no proven answers to questions how one gets offloaded.
      And oh, you might also bring your enrollment form so they would know and think that you’d be going back to the Philippines to continue your studies. That’s what my GF did.

      For the money thing, safest would probably be around 20k, that is if you are not to spend so much and you might still go lower than of what we expend.

  10. Hi! My friends and I are interested in a backpacking trip too during the summer break and among all travel blogs we’ve read, yours has been the most details and the most budget-worthy. Just wondering though, why didn’t you checked in first during your stay in Thailand before walking and touring the place? Thanks

    1. Hi Angel! Thanks for reading our blog and reaching out! We didn’t check-in first because it was still too early to check in and we thought that it’d be a waste of time (and money) to go to the hotel and then go back to the spots in Bangkok. We arrived at the airport on 12midnight and our hotel check-in was the day we arrived Bangkok.

  11. Hi! Do you have any tips if our plan iti will be 3 countries only, such as SG, MY, and ID only? We want a tri-city trip but I honestly don’t which country is first. 🙂 Thanks for the advance answer.

    1. Hi Bonita,

      This will depend on which country will you go first. But as a starter, Malaysia is the first country, then land travel to Singapore. From Singapore, Bintan, ID is only an hour hour away and you can spend a night or two then get back to SG and fly back to your home country.

  12. I’m super amazed and awed at how the two of you managed to squeeze all those countries in just 9 days.just wanna ask.I plan and dream of travelling outside our country with my 2 sons.will be leaving my husband out of this trip,cause we like to go backpacking to save and he has other we only want to go sight seeing,while my husband wants to go shopping.ha ha ha.yeah it’s the other way around.but but my sons would like to follow what you both,do you think,we can pass the immigration?won’t they wonder why we don’t include him?

    1. Hello Denise, thanks for reading our blog! Yes you can definitely use this itinerary. If we made it, why can’t you? 🙂

      Yes, you can definitely pass the immigration. You just might be asked on the immigration about why your husband wouldn’t come if his name is also on the ticket, just tell them the real reason and they’ll definitely give you a pass. 🙂

  13. Hi,

    I’ve read your blog but can’t really digest the whole IT because we’re not sure yet of where to go first. Your blog is very detailed that we might use this for future reference when we’ll finally get to decide. We will be travelling to SG on Jul 9-17, and we wanted to do this itinerary. However, our start and end point would be in SG. Any advise if we should follow your IT or would it be safe if we’ll do SG-KL-TH-IND-SG itinerary instead? Would 20K be enough for the whole tour? Any recommendations?

    Thank you!

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