1-Month Southeast Asia Itinerary (With Flights; Kiwi Nomad Itinerary)

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Are you looking for a 1-month Southeast Asia itinerary?

Then you have found yourself in the right place. We know the region very well. It’s a great travel destination. It’s interesting, it’s fun, it’s affordable for many and it’s easy to travel around. And if you are booking flights with Kiwi Nomad, it’s also a very easy trip to book — Kiwi makes it super simple and cheap.

Below is our 1-month Southeast Asia itinerary.

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Riding a scooter in Bali
Riding a scooter in Bali

Why Kiwi Nomad?

What makes Kiwi Nomad a great choice in this case?

The biggest advantage of booking flights with Kiwi Nomad is that you can book multiple flights with a single click. You set the dates, the total duration of your trip and choose cities that you want to visit. Kiwi Nomad finds the flights and creates the itinerary based on that.

In less than a minute you are ready to make a booking.

It’s one booking for the whole journey.

How to Book Flights With Kiwi Nomad?

Go to https://www.kiwi.com/en/nomad.

Choose your origin airport or city. Set departure date. It can be a period of time. Set trip length. Add destinations you would like to visit. Set length of stay in each destination. You don’t have to do the last bit, as Kiwi Nomad sets the length of stay itself. Unless you want to change it and set it shorter or longer. 

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Choose origin airport, departure date and trip length

When you have done it, press “Search journeys”.

Kiwi Nomad will find all the possible itineraries.

There will be multiple options.

Duration of stay at each destination and order might vary. So will the price. Choose the option you like the most and press “Book”. Fill in the passenger details (name, e-mail, date of birth, etc), pay. And that’s it. You have booked all of these flights – sometimes 10+ flights – with a single reservation.

You don’t have to search for flights any more.

Your itinerary is ready and booked!

In my case, it’s 7 flights for a total of 364 EUR.

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Add places you would love to visit
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Set length of stay in each destination
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Choose the itinerary you like the most

Keep in mind that Kiwi will shuffle your destinations to find the best and cheapest flights. They won’t be in the same order you choose.

Also do not forget about baggage. Mostly the price shown on the website is not including the baggage fare. If you want to travel with checked bag, or your backpack or suitcase is bigger than 7-8 kilos, you’ll have to pay extra (for 7 flights it’s about 150 – 200 EUR extra).

As you can see, booking flights with Kiwi Nomad is very easy.

Are these considered connecting flights? No, these are so-called self-transfer flights. These are separate flights. You might be flying with several different airlines and you’ll have to follow their baggage rules, etc. But, since you are booking with Kiwi, these are flights that come with Kiwi protection.

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Temples in Bangkok
Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Thailand

1-Month Southeast Asia Itinerary (With Flights)

We recommend you to start a trip in Bangkok, Thailand.

Millions of travelers start their trip around Southeast Asia in Bangkok. Along with Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, it’s one of the main hubs for air travel in the region. When you’re looking for cheap flights to Southeast Asia, most of them include a stop either in Bangkok, KL or Singapore.

First things first, book a flight to Bangkok.

And then use Kiwi Nomad to book the rest of the flights.

3 Days in Bangkok

Spend a few days in Bangkok at this point, or later, when you return to Bangkok from Krabi, the last stop before going back home. For a 1-month Southeast Asia itinerary, it works great both ways. Here are our recommendations for Bangkok – things to do in Bangkok:

Day 1: Explore Bangkok Old Town — visit Wat Saket (great view of Bangkok), Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, Grand Palace, Wat Pho, . Take a public boat to the iconic Wat Arun. Have dinner at Khao San Road, the world-famous backpacker street of Thailand. Grab a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. 

Day 2: Go on a 1-hour-long Bangkok Canal tour. Explore Chinatown. Then walk from Pak Khlong Market (Flower Market) to Phahurat Market (Little India), and visit the nearby Sampeng Market.

Day 3: Visit Lumpini park to meet the huge water monitor lizards. Located in the heart of the city, the park is home to about 400 lizards that can grow up to 2 meters long! It’s also a great place to simply walk around.

Visit Mahanakhon to see the city from above. Being one of the tallest buildings in Thailand, it boasts Thailand’s highest observation deck — the Mahanakhon Skywalk. There are multiple viewing areas, including one with a glass floor! Considered “the world’s largest glass tray”, this viewing platform offers unique experiences and sweeping views of Bangkok.

Explore Bangkok’s business districts of Silom and Sathon. Have a coffee with a view at Samyan Mitrtown Rooftop Garden. 

More Bangkok itinerary ideas and Bangkok tips:

  • Explore Samut Prakan Ancient City and visit Erawan Museum Bangkok (known for its huge three-headed elephant statue).
  • Shop and have dinner at Srinagarindra Train Night Market (keep in mind that it’s not open every day). 
  • If you are visiting Bangkok on a weekend, do not miss Chatuchak weekend market. It is the largest market in Thailand. This sprawling market sells every kind of produce and goods. This is a great place for souvenir shopping. Not only you can buy “generic souvenirs”, but also authentic authentic local crafts. Chatuchak is the best weekend market in Bangkok.
  • Another great thing to do on a weekend in Bangkok is to visit one of Bangkok’s floating markets. A few of the most popular are: Taling Chan, Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa, Bang Phli. These are some of the best weekend markets in Bangkok.

Excursions, Tours and Accommodation (For All Destinations)

Here are our recommended tours and hotels.

It’s for all destinations of this itinerary. All together.

  1. Bangkok Canal tour (Bangkok, Thailand)
  2. Halong Bay cruise (Hanoi, Vietnam)
  3. Day trip to Tam Coc (Hanoi, Vietnam)
  4. Pulau Ubin Guided boat tour (Singapore)
  5. Nusa Penida island tour (Bali, Indonesia)
  6. Sunrise Mount Batur hike (Bali, Indonesia)
  7. Malay cooking class (Penang, Malaysia)
  8. KL City of Lights tour (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  9. Petronas twin towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  10. Batu Caves half-day trip (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  11. Cameron Highlands tour (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  12. KL Bird Park (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  13. 7 island tour4 island tourHong Island tour (Krabi, Thailand)

Where to stay (value for money / cheap):

  1. Bangkok, Thailand – Baiyoke Sky Hotel
  2. Hanoi, Vietnam – Babylon Premium Hotel & Spa
  3. Singapore – Venue Hotel The Lily
  4. Canggu, Bali – D’djabu Villas Canggu
  5. Ubud, Bali – Lili Cottage Ubud
  6. Penang, Malaysia – Summer Tree Hotel Penang
  7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – THE FACE Suites
  8. Ao Nang, near Krabi, Thailand – Ao Nang Miti Resort
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh

5 Days in Hanoi (Includes a 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise & Tam Coc)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam.

Situated in northern Vietnam, Hanoi is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam, and Southeast Asia. Hanoi is also the gateway to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

If you are traveling to Hanoi, definitely don’t miss Halong Bay. It features about 2000 of limestone karst formations and islets of various shapes and sizes. These iconic landscapes is what Vietnam is known for. If you can, we would recommend you to spend more than one night in Halong Bay.

Your Hanoi itinerary could look something like this:

Day 4: Arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon or evening. Go out for a short walk, dinner or a drink in the Old Quarter.

Day 5: Explore the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Go to a Water Puppet Show, which is an ancient Vietnamese tradition.

Day 6: Go on a Halong Bay cruise. You can book a cruise from a local travel agency in Hanoi, or you can use getyourguide.com or klook.com to book tours, cruises and excursions online. 2-day and 1-night Halong Bay tours are among the most popular choices for tourists.

Day 7: Halong Bay cruise day. This is the second day of the cruise. Return to Hanoi at around 4 pm. Dinner in the Old Quarter.

Day 8: Go on a day trip to Tam Coc and its caves. Backed by scenic limestone hills, Tam Coc is a peaceful village in the middle of rice fields. It is known for its caves and karst landscape which is similar to Halong Bay. It is the reason why Tam Coc is often called “Halong Bay on land”.

Tam Coc and the surrounding caves are a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can book Tam Coc tours online (getyourguide.com, klook.com) or from a local travel agency in Hanoi. Both options work well in Vietnam.

Keep in mind that weather in Hanoi may be significantly cooler than in the rest of the destinations mentioned here, in this 1-month SEA itinerary. Especially in spring. Check the weather and pack accordingly. Pack warm clothing, like sweater, jacket and pants.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

4 Days in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most developed and richest countries in the world.

This tiny country (more like a big city, really) has loads to offer, with so many amazing neighbourhoods to explore and places to visit. If you enjoy big and modern cities, you can easily spend your whole 2-week vacation in Singapore, and you won’t be bored. At the same time, 4 or 3 days in Singapore is a great option for the first time, when you can’t go for 2 weeks in Singapore.

Day 9: Arrive in Singapore in the afternoon.

Don’t leave the airport without seeing Jewel at Changi Airport. It’s a nature-themed shopping and entertainment complex in Changi International Airport (one of the best layover airports in the world). It spans 10 floors (5 above, and 5 below ground) and features gardens, leisure facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes. The main structure is the Rain Vortex, the tallest indoor waterfall. It is surrounded by a terraced forest (Shiseido Forest Valley). There’s the Canopy Park at the top, under the glass dome. It features mazes, bouncing nets and a number of trails. It’s fun for adults and children alike.

Rain Vortex Waterfall in Changi Airport, Singapore
Rain Vortex Indoor Waterfall in Changi Airport, Singapore

In the evening, go to Orchard Road — Singapore’s top shopping district. Even if you don’t want to go shopping, it’s a nice place for a walk. It’s especially beautiful during the evening, with all the lights and lively vibe. 

Day 10: Visit Gardens by the Bay park. It is known for its tall artificial trees (which are in fact vertical gardens!). Visit Cloud Forest with its lush indoor mountain, and explore Flower Dome. Take a walk on OCBC Skyway and get close to the gigantic trees. Visit ArtScience Museum and marvel at the interactive installations and step into thousands of little LED lights and feel like you’ve stepped into the Space. Man-made attractions in Singapore are spectacular.

In the evening, have a dinner in Chinatown. Then catch the light show at the waterfront in front of The Shoppes (right next to Marina Bay Sands). The daily light show is one of the very best things to do in Singapore — this and the one at the Gardens by the Bay. Afterwards wander around the area. Visit Helix Bridge and the Merlion Statue.

Day 11: Head to Sentosa Island.

It’s a tiny island off Singapore’s southern coast. Sentosa is a resort, known for its man-made beaches and its theme parks. The S.E.A. Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in the world, is located on Sentosa Island. Relax on a beach, visit the southernmost point of Continental Asia on Palawan Beach, visit S.E.A. Aquarium and have fun at Universal Studios. Head to Sentosa early, so you can enjoy all of these things. You can also walk to Sentosa Island.

Day 12: Explore the iconic neighbourhoods of Singapore.

Chinatown, Little India, Joo Chiat, Kampong Glam, Dempsey Hill. They are all different from each other, and each of them has their own character. You will see how diverse and fun is Singapore. 

Optional – if you have more days in Singapore: Explore Pulau Ubin.

It is a tiny island off Singapore’s northeast coast. Pulau Ubin is home to Singapore’s last remaining villages. Rent a bicycle and explore the island at your own pace and enjoy the peace, quiet and lush greenery. Go bird-watching and visit abandoned quarries.

Keep in mind that there are no ATMs on Pulau Ubin. Withdraw cash beforehand. You’ll need cash to pay for food and bike rental on Pulau Ubin. You can explore Pulau Ubin on your own or join Pulau Ubin Guided boat tour.

Balangan beach in Bali
Balangan beach in Bali

7 Days in Bali (Includes a Nusa Penida Day Trip)

Bali is an island in Indonesia.

It is the most popular destination in Indonesia. Known for its beaches, rich culture and unique traditions, Bali attracts tourists from all around the world. Most tourists spend their whole vacation in Bali, but it is possible to explore a part of the island even if you have only 1 week in Bali. 

Here’s a simple Bali itinerary for you:

Day 13: Arrive in Bali (Denpasar airport) in the afternoon or evening. Arrange a taxi to your hotel. Better pre-book. Stay in Canggu, near a beach. Have a dinner or grab a drink at a bar in Canggu. Next day you’ll relax.

Day 14: Go for an early morning swim. Relax on the beach. Try yourself at surfing. Take a yoga class. Or have a relaxing massage. Alternatively, you can visit Tanah Lot temple, which is in the same area.

Day 15: Rent a motorbike or arrange a taxi, and head to Ubud. Explore Ubud. Visit Ubud Market, go for a walk at Campuhan Ridge Walk. Visit the Monkey Forest. Stay in Ubud. You will continue to explore the island from Ubud.

Day 16: Rent a motorbike or arrange a taxi. Visit the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces or Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Tegallalang are easier to get to, Jatiluwih – more impressive. Visit Ulun Danu Beratan water temple. Enjoy the mountainous landscapes of the are near the temple (Bedugul Regency). Take beautiful photos at the Bali Handara Gate.

Day 17: Go on a day trip to Nusa Penida.

If you have only one day for visiting Nusa Penida, join a guided Nusa Penida island tour. You will be taken to all the top attractions in Nusa Penida such as Kelingking Beach (known as T-Rex beach), Diamond Beach, Angel Billabong (“natural infinity pool”) and  Broken Beach. Day trips to Nusa Penida are very popular and can be booked online via getyourguide.com or klook.com. Or you can book Nusa Penida day trip at any local travel agency (just make sure it seems trustworthy; you can always make a booking through your hotel).

Day 18: Explore East Bali Temples – Pura Besakih, Lempuyang and Tirta Gangga. Lempuyang temple is famous sunrise spot in Bali. Admire Mount Agung from Bukit Cinta Viewpoint. Relax at Blue Lagoon Beach or Padang Bai Beach.

Day 19: Do the sunrise Mount Batur hike. Have a nap at your hotel. Continue exploring Ubud. Shop for souvenirs and clothes. There are countless boutiques and souvenir shops in Ubud. 

Hiking in Penang
Hiking in Penang (Penang Hill)

3 Days in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia.

It is one of the most colorful and multicultural destinations in Malaysia. It’s an island located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Here’s our 3-day Penang itinerary:

Day 20: Arrive in the afternoon or at night. Check in your hotel and rest. Go on a walk, have a dinner in the are you are staying.

Day 21: Explore Georgetown, Penang’s capital. This is where most tourists stay. This is also where most of hotels in Penang are located.

The historical centre of Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is where all most notable landmarks are located — all the historical buildings and street art Penang is famous for. There are hundreds of years of history densely packed in a relatively small area. Malay, Chinese, British and Indian influences can be seen all around Georgetown. So that you don’t wander aimlessly, follow the Penang Heritage Trail. Even though Georgetown is rather small, Penang Heritage Trail requires more than a day. Simply because there are so many places to see!

Have a dinner at Red Garden Food Paradise.

Day 22: Take a cooking class and learn how to make authentic Malay dishes. Do the remaining part of Penang Heritage Trail.

During the day try dimsums at Restoran Zim Sum. Have a dinner at Red Garden Food Paradise or at Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls.

More Penang itinerary ideas and Penang tips:

  • Go for a hike on Penang Hill. Visit the Penang Botanic Gardens. You can start your walk up the hill from there. On your way to the top of the hill, visit Golden Stupa. It’s a Buddhist temple with a number of golden stupas strewn around the area. Stop at various viewpoints along the way. There are other hiking trails, too. Use Google Maps to find view the trails.
  • After you’ve explored Penang Hill, visit Kek Lok Si temple. It’s the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and a very important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from Southeast Asian countries. The centrepiece of the temple complex is the seven-storey Pagoda.
  • Try the famous laksa (spicy noodle soup). There are a number of laksa stalls near the Kek Lok Si temple, but the best laksa in Penang is considered to be Penang Air Itam Laksa.

Malaysia is often overlooked as a destination, but it’s definitely should be on your list. Especially Penang, which is considered to be one the best destinations in Asia for foodies. The cuisine there is shaped by island’s diverse cultures — Malay, Chinese and Indian. It’s unlike anywhere else in Asia. But food is not the only thing that is so amazing about Penang. 

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

4 Days in Kuala Lumpur (Includes a Cameron Highlands Day Trip)

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. 

It is one of the most exciting destinations in the country. This vibrant city is a melting pot of different cultures — Malay, Indian and Chinese. The cuisine and architecture in the city is shaped by country’s diverse cultures. In KL, glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers contrast with beautiful colonial buildings and Islamic architecture. There’s something for everyone in KL — impressive architecture, parks, fun attractions, theme parks, and so on.

For your 4-day Kuala Lumpur trip, check out this itinerary:

Day 23: Arrive in the afternoon. Bus ride from KL airport to KL Sentral, main train and metro station, takes around 75 – 90 minutes. There’s also a fast train from the airport — more costly, but also faster and more convenient.

Have a dinner and spend the evening exploring Bukit Bintang, the famous shopping and entertainment district of KL. It is known for its shopping malls, bars, restaurants and street food stalls. Join the KL City of Lights tour (about 8 pm). Experience the city after dark and see its famous landmarks illuminated.

Day 24: Visit the world-famous Petronas twin towers. Enjoy the views of the city from the Petronas Towers Skybridge and Observation Deck. Take a walk in Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) Park. It boasts great Petronas Towers views. Visit KL Forest Eco Park. It is a rainforest in the heart of the city, with walking trails and a forest canopy walkway.

In the afternoon, explore Chinatown.

Have dinner at Chinatown’s Petaling Street.

Day 25: Visit the famous Batu Caves. It’s a large, recently-renovated temple complex dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is one of the most important Hindu shrines in Malaysia. Have a lunch at one of the Indian restaurants located next to the shrine – try masala dosa there.

Afterwards, explore Little India. If you are on your own, take a train or taxi back from Batu Caves to city. The nearest train stop is right next to the place.

Day 26: Go on a trip to Cameron Highlands.

The best way to get there if you have only one day to spare, is to join a guided Cameron Highlands tour. With an elevation of 1500 metres, Cameron Highlands enjoys pleasant weather, and has extensive tea plantations. Also the district is known for its strawberry farms and the mystical Mossy Forest.

You can also do it yourself, but it will take you up to 24 hours. It’s far away from KL, and mostly people go there on a 2 day / 1 night trip.

More Kuala Lumpur itinerary ideas and tips:

  • Visit KL Bird Park. It is one of the largest covered bird parks in the world. It is home to birds of more than 200 species. Most of these birds are local.
  • After your visit to Bird Park go to Islamic Arts Museum. It is ne of the best museums in Kuala Lumpur. It is also the largest museum of Islamic arts in Southeast Asia.
  • Also do not miss the National Mosque of Malaysia and Merdeka Square. Merdeka  Square is home to The Sultan Abdul Samad Building which was built by the British and originally housed British colonial administration offices. It is one of the most impressive historical buildings in the city.
Tubkaek Beach, Krabi Province
Tubkaek Beach, Krabi Province

5 Days in Krabi

Krabi is a province and town in Southern Thailand.

The province is known for its striking cliffs, beautiful beaches and tropical islands. Krabi is a very popular tourist destination in Thailand. This is your last destination before returning to Bangkok.

Day 27: Arrive in the afternoon / evening.

Have a dinner and rest. You’ve been traveling for almost a month.

Most tourists stay in Ao Nang, not Krabi town.

Day 28: Rent a motorbike or arrange a taxi for half a day.

Visit Namtok Ron (Hot Spring Waterfall) and Emerald Pool. Go for a stroll along the river. Have a dinner at any of the local markets. If you are visiting Krabi during the weekend, have dinner at the Krabi Night Market.

Day 29: Go island hopping from Krabi.

Visit getyourguide.com or klook.com to book Krabi island tour package. Alternatively, book Krabi island tours from your hotel or a local travel agency. There are various island tours from Krabi, such as 7 island tour, 4 island tour, Hong Island tour, and many more to choose from.

That’s exactly how they call them on the streets too. And the name also tells you how many islands you are going to visit during the tour.

Day 30: Hike the Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill nature trail. The trail offers some of the best views of Krabi province. Relax on the nearby Tubkaek Beach.

Day 31: This is your last day in Krabi. Today you are flying to Bangkok.

If your flight departs only in the afternoon, and you have some time in the morning, then go to Tiger Cave Temple before sunrise. Watch the sunrise from the temple. It’s 1000+ steps to get to the top, but it’s totally worth it!

Afterwards, have a breakfast in Krabi. If you are staying in Ao Nang (beach town near Krabi town), go for one last relaxing swim. 

Return to Bangkok.

Do You Still Need Travel Insurance With Kiwi?

What’s the difference between Kiwi Guarantee and insurance?

Do you need both? It’s a very good idea to have both.

You see, when you are eligible, Kiwi Guarantee will give you a new flight right away. For free. Travel insurance won’t do that. They will pay you afterwards. At the same time, Kiwi Guarantee won’t protect you against anything else, like health problems abroad. That’s why it’s a good idea to have both — safe self-transfer flight (with Kiwi Guarantee) AND travel insurance.

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