IndoChina Trip ++ (Part 1)

Four months ago my friend (you can call Dhito) invited me to join his trip scouring over south east asia countries for 9 days. At the beginning, I was exciting and reluctant at once. The third thing that pop in my mind “how much it’ll costs for that trip? Is it very expensive?”. Well, I rather to say that spending your money around Rp 6 millions (total spending for trip)  for exploring 5 countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam & Singapore) in 9 days is a best decision. It was worth every penny. It wasn’t only city sightseeing, it was enlightening and full of insight. It widened your point of view by meeting different ethnic, different civilization level and culture.  We was wandering, shifting from a city & country to another in a group. Yup, a large group consist of 22 persons (i told this to a british bacpacker that I met in Bangkok, and he freaked out,”WTF are you f*cking crazy?? It is like a bunch of study tour group rather than backpackers”). honestly I thought going for travelling in a large group like 22 persons would be intricate and troubled. But In the opposite way, it was fun and pleasant. So here we are 22 indonesian backpackers who have travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh (most of destination was reached by land transportations) : Dhito, Stef, Hafidh, Rizky, Fahmi, Putri, Sukma, Rika, Ian, Gin, Pras, Benny, Jaul, Abdan, Khairul, Feby, Simon, Listi, Ryan, Laura and Pras. Thanks all for memorable and enjoyable trip.

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Figure. Here we are 20+2 backpackers. Thanks to Gin/Putri who was taking this picture (they weren’t taken by Camera)

I’ll split this article into several parts. Each part will represents a story in each country. This is part #1 : General Journey Brief & Summary. I wish it can be useful for you who want to explore the beauty and exotism of IndoChina.

The Journey itself

Well, here is our journey track from Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur and then back to Jakarta.

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Figure. Trip Route : Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur – Hat Yai – Krabi – Bangkok – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh – Singapore – Jakarta. 

MAIN TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENT

From To Transportation Required Time Cost
Jakarta Kuala Lumpur Plane 2 hours 400,000 IDR
Kuala Lumpur Hat Yai Sleeper Train 15 hours 60 RM
Hat Yai Krabi Mini Bus 6 hours 400 THB
Krabi Bangkok Plane 1 hour 350,000 IDR
Bangkok Siem Reap Bus 10 hours 750 THB
Siem Reap Phnom Penh Sleeper Bus 7 hours 10 USD
Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh Bus 7 hours 10 USD
Ho Chi Minh Singapore Plane 2.5 hours 600,000 IDR
Singapore Jakarta Plane 2 hours 400,000 IDR

                                                                             TOTAL TIME SPENT   52.5 hours

 

VISITED TOURISM DESTINATION

City (Country) Destination Entrance Fee
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Petronas Tower 80 RM
Central Market Free
Kuala Tower 60 RM
Museums
Krabi (Thailand) Phi Phi Island 900 THB(complete tour)
Maia Island
Krabi Backpacker Area Free
Bangkok (Thailand) Bangkok Night Market Free
Wat Pho 100 THB
Royal Palace 400 THB
Wat Arun 50 THB
Cao Phraya River Tour 200 THB
Siem Reap (Cambodia) Siem Reap Night Market Free
Angkot Wat Complex 20 USD
Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Royal Palace
Museum Phnom Penh
Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) Chi Chu Tunnel
Mekong River Tour
Saigon Night Market Free
Singapore Marina Bay Area
Bugis, China Town, Little India market
Garden by the Bay

 

HOSTEL ARRANGEMENT

City (Country) Hostel Address Rent/Night
Krabi (Thailand) Aonang Backpacker Hostel 375/5 moo.2, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand +66891347664 < IDR 100,000
Bangkok (Thailand) Suneta Backpacker Hotel 209-211 Kraisi Road, Banglumpoo, Pranakorn, Khaosan/Grand Palace, Bangkok Thailand < IDR 100,000
Siem-Reap (Cambodia) One Stop Hostel #342, Sivatha Blv, Opposite Cambodia National Bank, Siem Reap, Cambodia < IDR 100,000
Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) Hongkong Kaiteki Hotel 22 Bui Vien Pham Ngu Lao, District 1 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam < IDR 100,000

 

BUDGETARY

My total spending for 9 days trip is around Rp 6,000,000 (it is including transportation; meals; hotels; souvenirs, etc). I herewith give you detail short list for the expenditure.
Transportation

Flight Cost Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur      : Rp 400,000

Flight Cost Krabi – Bangkok                      : Rp 350,000 (no add. airport tax)

Flight Cost HCM – Singapore                    : Rp 680,000 (no add. airport tax)

Flight Cost Singapore – Jakarta               : Rp 400,000 (no add. airport tax)

Train Kuala Lumpur – Hat Yai                 : Rp 220,000

Minibus Hat-Yai to Krabi                          : Rp 140,000

Bus Bangkok – Siem Reap                           : Rp 260,000

Bus Siem Reap – Phnom Penh                  : Rp 120,000

Bus Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh              : Rp 120,000

 Sub Total      : Rp 2,690,000

 

Accomodation

Hostel 2 days at Siem Reap                     : Rp 140,000

Hostel 1 day at Ho Chi Minh                   : Rp   75,000

Hostel 1 day at Bangkok                           : Rp   75,000

Hostel 2 days at Krabi Aonang              : Rp 140,000

                                                 Sub Total     : Rp 430,000

Entrance Tickets /Tours

Angkor Wat Full Package 1 day             : Rp 250,000

Tuk-Tuk for Angkor Wat 1 day               : Rp 100,000

Ticket for Wat Pho (bangkok)                 : Rp    37,000

Ticket for Wat Arun (bangkok)              : Rp    18,000

Tour Chao Phraya River (bangkok)     : Rp    75,000

Phi Phi Island 1 day full package           : Rp 340,000

   Sub Total       : Rp 820,000

 

Foods & Drinks

You can get a good meal plus drink start from Rp 40,000 for every lunch/dinner.,

For 8 days I had spent around Rp 1,300,000 in total for foods and drinks

 

Souvenirs & etc

It depends how many souvenirs and what you wanna buy. Every person has different taste, decision on this. Okay i’ll give you a little pricelist for the souvenirs (the prices are almost the same and applied for Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore).

Key holders              : 3 USD (you can get 3-6)

T-Shirt                        : 2.5 – 4.0 USD

3D Greeting Card   : 1.5 – 3.0 USD

Durian                        : 2.0 USD/kg
RUNDOWN

Saturday, May 24th 2014

09.00 – 11.00 : Flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur

11.00 – 12.00 : Heading to Sentra Kuala Lumpur by bus (10 MYR)

12.00 – 13.00 : lunch @Sentra KL

13.00 – 19.00 : KL Landmarks Sightseeing : Central Market, Merdeka Square, Kuala Tower, Petronas, Batu Cave

(all the destination can be easily reached by train)

19.00 – 21.00 : back to Sentra KL and dinner

21.00 – 22.00 : boarding for sleeper train KL-Hat Yai @sentra KL

 

Sunday, May 25th 2014

…….  –  11.30 : Arrive at train station, Hat Yai

11.30 – 12.30 : Looking for Money exchange,  tour agent and travel to rent minibus to Krabi, Aonang.

12.30 – 13.00 : waiting for the minibus arrive

13.00 – 17.15 : Trip to Krabi, Aonang by Minibus

17.15 – 18.30 : Hostel check-in, taking a rest

18.30 – 22.00 : city sightseeing & dinner

 

Monday, May 26th 2014

08.00 – 11.00 : Trip from Aonang to Phi-Phi Island, Maya Bay

11.00 – 12.00 : Snorkeling at Maya Bay

12.00 -13.00 : Back to Phi-Phi Island

13.00 – 15.00 : Lunch, sightseeing

15.00 – 18.00 : Back to krabi Aonang hostel

18.00 -22.00 : Shopping for souvenirs & dinner

 

Tuesday, May 27th 2014

08.00 – 09.00 : Trip to Krabi Airport

09.00 – 12.00 : Flight from Krabi to Bangkok

12.00 – 14.00 : Lunch and come to Mochit bus station to buy bus ticket to Siem Reap

14.00 – 19.00 : Visit Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Royal Palace, & Chao Phraya River tour

20.00 – 22.00 : Dinner & Enjoying Night Life (max 22.00 because of curfew in Bangkok)

 

Wednesday, May 28th 2014

08.00 – 09.00 : Trip from hostel to Mochit bus station

09.00 – 17.00 : Trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus

17.00 – 19.00 : Hostel Check-in and rest

19.00 – 23.00 : Attend Night Market at Siem Reap, Dinner

 

Thursday, May 29th 2014

04.30 – 05.00 : Heading to Angkor Wat by Tuktuk

05.00 – 16.00 : visiting temples at Angkor Wat Area

16.00 – 19.00 : Back to hostel and rest

19.00 – 22.00 : Attend Night Market (buy souvenirs) at Siem Reap, Dinner

22.00 – ……… : Hostel Check out and trip to Phnom Penh by Bus at 23.00

 

Friday, May 30th 2014

…….. – 07.00 : Arrive at Phnom Penh

07.oo – 08.oo : City Sight Seeing (Royal Palace, Museum, etc)

08.00 – 15.00 : Heading to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

15.oo – 16.oo   : Hostel Check in at Saigon

16.oo – 24.00  : Enjoy night market, dinner, buy souvenirs and city sightseeing

 

Saturday, May 31th 2014

06.00 – 07.oo : Heading to Don Muang airport

09.00 – 12.00 : Flight to Singapore

12.00 – 22.00 : City sightseeing

22.00 – 22.30 : Back to Changi Airport

 

Sunday, June 1st 2014

08.00 – 10.00 : Flight from Singapore to Jakarta

 (… to be continued)

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