THE SOLO DRIFTER: Southeast Asia (Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia, plus Indochina) Travel Guide, Budget and Itinerary

After two weeks from my second Indochina tour, I visited three more countries – Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia’s Bintan. If you want to visit six countries for two weeks to a month, I suggest the following route – Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia – so take time to read my Indochina travel guide and look for a good flight or land trip to Malaysia from Thailand. Ooops, you may also want to read my South Korea travel guide!

As expected, I prepared a video of each country and uploaded it on YouTube. Watch them by clicking the links below:




Here’s a detailed travel guide for tourists visiting the following countries:




So now, here’s my suggested itinerary and budget:

Note: I used Oanda Currency Converter

8:50 p.m.Manila International AirportFlight to Malaysia, inclusive of travel tax of PHP1,620, and Singapore back to the Philippines

Expected to arrive at KL at 1 a.m.
DAY 1 – Kuala Lumpur City Day Tour
2:00 a.m. Breakfast 100 
5:30 a.m.Kuala Lumpur International AirportKLIA Ekspres of MYR55 and budget taxi to hotel 80 
7:00 a.m.HotelCheck in, including tourism tax 76 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.The Royal Palace
Batu Caves
Royal Selangor
National Monument
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
National Mosque
Harriston Botique
Central Market
Petronas Twin Towers (also include a photo shoot at night)
Booked via Klook, with tour guide       2,061   
6:00 p.m. Dinner 100 
DAY 2 – Cameron Highlands Tour
11:00 p.m.TBSTo Ipoh

Booked bus ticket via 12GOAsia
6:00 a.m.IpohTo Tanah Rata

Booked bus ticket via 12GOAsia
10:30 a.m.Boh Tea Plantation
Cameron Lavender Garden
Rose Garden
Honey Bee Farm
Taxi rent, plus entrance fees at Cameron Lavender Garden and Rose Garden 420 
2:00 p.m. Lunch 100 
5:30 p.m.Tanah RataTo KL Sentral

Booked via Busonlineticket
10:30 p.m.TBSTo Beach Road, Singapore  30
DAY 3 – Singapore City Tour
8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Buy a transportation card of SGD10 and top it up for SGD10
10:00 a.m.National Museum of SingaporeTake a bus

Booked NMS ticket via Klook
12:00 nnBugis StreetLunch

Take a bus 
2:00 p.m.Little IndiaEntrance C of MRT Bugis Station, take Downtown Line 11. Exit E of Little India MRT Station   
4:00 p.m.ChinatownEntrance E of Little India MRT Station, take North East Line 6. Exit A of Chinatown MRT Station   
5:30 p.m.Merlion ParkTake a bus   
6:30 p.m.The Esplanade and Marina Bay SandsWalking distance   
7:00 p.m.Gardens by the BayWalking distance   
DAY 4 – Away from the City Tour
6:00 a.m. Tanah Merah Ferry TerminalTake Bus 45M from Bedok   
9:00 a.m.Bintan Lagoon ResortsBooked two-way ferry ticket via Direct Ferries  69
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Treasure Bay BintanBooked Chill Cove Combo Package via Klook       2,666   
5:00 p.m.Bintan Lagoon ResortsTo Tanah Merah   
DAY 5 – Adventure Day
9:00 a.m. Travel time to Cable Car VivoCity Station

From Kallang MRT Station, take East West Line 2. Transfer from Outram Park MRT Station to North East Line 6, then Exit C of HarbourFront. Walk through Cable Car VivoCity Station
9:30 a.m.Cable Car VivoCity StationTo Imbiah Station684  
10:00 a.m.iFlyCheck in for 11:00 a.m. skydive       3,389   
12:00 nn Lunch  10
2:00 p.m.Skyline Luge and Skyride 628  
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tour Universal Studios, Resorts World, Sentosa   
7:45 p.m.Wings of Time 495  
Sub-total        23,343       951         144
Total (in PHP)        70,678   


Cebu Pacific (MNL-MYS, SGP-MNL)
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12Go Asia (Bus Booking)
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Direct Ferries

Mozaic Ferry Lines (SG-Bintan)

Transnasional (Malaysia)
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C.S Travel and Tours (Cameron Highlands)

PeraKTransit (Malaysia)


Amigo Hotel (Malaysia)

Orchard Hotel Singapore
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iFly Singapore
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Wings of Time

Singapore Cable Car

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
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Marina Bay Sands
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Gardens by the Bay
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National Museum of Singapore
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Treasure Bay Bintan
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Klook (Booking)
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Boh Tea Plantation
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Toast Box
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Texas Chicken
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