Backpacking 5 Visa-Free Countries

Updated March 18, 2018
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I’ve been wanting to travel on my own ever since I graduated college, but my savings at that time wouldn’t suffice for this type of insanity. So about 8 months into my first job, I finally saved up for a trip that wouldn’t let me hold back with whatever I wanted.

Initially, my plan was to just buy a one-way ticket somewhere international and just go from there, but upon researching online, I found out that it’s not possible to do that. I scrapped that idea and just decided to make a loose itinerary on multiple visa-free places. I started with Hong Kong because I’ve never been to a Disneyland before. I checked out flights, accommodations, and tourist spots, everything. I didn’t do anything else that day but carefully plan a dream-like trip. By nighttime, I ended it with Singapore, because I’ve never been to a Universal Studios. I love theme parks obviously. After finishing the draft, I decided to push through with it and book everything the day after. The feeling it gave me while paying for each booking, and actually sealing my plan, was the most alive I’ve ever felt in quite a long time. And I did all that 3 weeks before the actual trip. #HeIsActuallyCrazy

This is gonna be a series of posts, with stories and photos about each destination that I went to. But first, I’m gonna list here the rundown of things I did from Day 1 to Day 20, as a table-of-contents-of-sort thing ya know.

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Day 1

  • Manila to Hong Kong via Flight 5J110
  • Bus from Hong Kong International Airport to Jordan
  • Check in at a guesthouse in Yau Ma Tei
  • Explore Yau Ma Tei & Tsim Sha Tsui area
    • Kowloon Park
    • Clock Tower
    • View of Hong Kong Skyline from Avenue of Stars
    • Temple Street Night Market

Day 2

  • Full day at Hong Kong Disneyland

Day 3

  • Victoria Peak
  • Explore Central area
    • World-Wide House
    • Jollibee HK
    • Lan Kwai Fong

Day 4

  • Morning Ferry to Macau
  • Ride casino shuttles to hop in between different casinos
  • Macau Tower
  • Senado Square
  • St. Paul Ruins
  • Evening Ferry back to Hong Kong

Day 5

  • Half-day rest
  • Ladies Market
  • Explore Mongkok area
  • Go to Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong to Bangkok via Flight FD 503

CLICK TO READ: “Being a Basic Tourist in Bangkok”

Day 6

  • Ferry from Phra Arthit to Chang Pier
  • Grand Palace
  • Wat Pho
  • Explore Khao San Road at night

Day 7

  • Ride mini-van shuttle from Victory Monument to Pattaya
  • Pattaya Bungy Jump
  • Explore Pattaya Walking Street
  • Ride mini-van back to Bangkok
  • Explore Si-Lom area

Day 8

  • Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market
  • Go to Hua Lamphong Railway Station via tuktuk/taxi
  • Ride sleeper train to Surat Thani

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Day 9

  • Arrive early morning at Surat Thani
  • Ride Bus to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
  • Ride local bus to Phuket Old Town
  • Ride local bus to Patong Beach
  • Check in at hostel in Bangla Road
  • Explore beach area
  • Explore Bangla Road

Day 10-11

  • Basically full of partying and bar hopping
  • If you’re not into that, you can watch cabaret shows or go to island hopping tours

Day 12

  • Half-day rest
  • Ride local bus to Phuket Old Town
  • Ride local bus to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
  • Ride Bus to Surat Thani
  • Ride Sleeper Train (2AM of Day 13 departure) from Surat Thani to Butterworth (Penang, Malaysia)

CLICK TO READ: “Getting Sick in Malaysia”

Day 13

  • Early morning at Thailand-Malaysia land border
  • Arrive at Butterworth
  • Ride Ferry to Penang Island
  • Walk/ride pedicab to hostel in Georgetown (Love Lane)
  • Rest

Day 14

  • Explore George Town
  • Explore Little India
  • Ride Ferry to Butterworth
  • Explore Butterworth
  • Ride Ferry back to Penang Island

Day 15

  • Ride bus from Penang to Kuala Lumpur
  • Arrive at Kuala Lumpur
  • Check in at hostel in Bukit Bintang
  • Explore Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Area
  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • New Year’s Eve Countdown

Day 16

  • Go to Batu Caves
  • Explore Chinatown area

CLICK TO READ: “Fulfilling A Dream in Singapore”

Day 17

  • Half day rest
  • After-lunch bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
  • Malaysia-Singapore border
  • Late afternoon arrival at Singapore
  • Explore Fullerton Area
  • Merlion Statue

Day 18

  • Explore Gardens by the Bay area
  • Marina Bay Sands skyline
  • Explore Orchard Road area

Day 19

  • Full day at Universal Studios Singapore

Day 20

  • Explore Chinatown
  • Go to Changi City Point Mall
  • Go to Changi Airport
  • Singapore to Manila via Flight 5J806

And here’s the very dramatic summary article of this trip:

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