20 days in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

20 days in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Patong, Thailand
— 7 nights
2
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 1 night
3
Karon, Thailand
— 3 nights
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
5
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights

7
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Attractions like Patong Beach and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Freedom Beach and Kamala Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Ao Phang Nga National Park (Phang Nga Bay. & James Bond Island). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Jungceylon, take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Patong Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Patong online travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Patong. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Patong dip to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Krabi Town.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kamala, Ao Phang Nga National Park
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Spas

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Nang Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, head off the coast to Poda Island, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Karbi Walking Street.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town tour planning tool.

You can drive from Patong to Krabi Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Krabi Town are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Karon.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave 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.
On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Rawai Beach, explore and take pictures at Nai Harn Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karon Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Karon holiday site.

Traveling by car from Krabi Town to Karon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Karon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, buy something for everyone on your list at Pavilion KL, and have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur holiday builder site.

You can fly from Karon to Kuala Lumpur in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Karon to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sky Mirror
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BB Park Bukit Bintang ©
BB Park 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): enjoy the sand and surf 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.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi day trip planning app.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Abu Dhabi hover around °C and lows are around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

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

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