20 days in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

20 days in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

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20 days in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Patong, Thailand
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Karon, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

7
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Family-friendly places like Patong Beach and Freedom Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Phang Nga Bay. and Kamala Beach. Step out of Patong with an excursion to James Bond Island in Ao Phang Nga National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon, get your game on at Phuket Kart, find something for the whole family at Phuket FantaSea, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Patong journey website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Patong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Patong, with lows of 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ao Phang Nga National Park, Kamala
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Phuket FantaSea ©
Phuket FantaSea

1
night
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at PhraNang Cave Beach and then kick back and relax at Ao Nang Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Railay Beach, then head off the coast to Poda Island, and then hunt for treasures at Karbi Walking Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Krabi Town itinerary planner.

Getting from Patong to Krabi Town by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karon.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Ao Nang Beach ©
Ao Nang Beach

3
nights
Karon, Thailand

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Rawai Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nai Harn Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Banana Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Karon itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Krabi Town to Karon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Karon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rawai, Banana Beach
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Rawai Beach
Rawai Beach

5
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur as well as Chinatown. Get outdoors at KL Bird Park and Sky Mirror. Head to Bukit Bintang and Pavilion KLfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, stroll around KLCC Park, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Karon to Kuala Lumpur in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sky Mirror
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Bukit Bintang ©
Bukit Bintang
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

2
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Corniche Beach. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Marina Mall and then find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi online visit planner .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Abu Dhabi at 30°C and lows at 20°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Marina Mall ©
Marina Mall
Corniche Beach ©
Corniche Beach

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