I was just informed by my husband that his company is sending him to Singapore for a day or two of business. We've decided to take this opportunity to stretch the trip out into our first trip to Southeast Asia.
It looks like we will have 8 full days (10 days total but removing 2 of those for travel). 2 of those are committed to Singapore for business but we should have time to tourist around there a bit too.
I know these are some common stops on the south to north route:
If we can dedicate 2-3 days to 3-4 of those stops what would you recommend most (and why).
Singapore and Bangkok are likely set in stone as it looks like we do best on airfaire flying in one and out the other since they are the main international hubs in the area.
Alternatively, if it just seems like too much to get from Singapore to Bangkok in that amount of time I am open to just doing r/t from US to Singapore and staying in and around Singapore, Malaysia or maybe Bali or Indonesia (we are scuba divers) if there is enough to do and see. We are unlikely to get back to SE Asia soon so I want to see as much as we can but not at the risk of feeling over traveled for our 8 full days we are there.
Of the others what do you recommend. Also, whenever I have traveled in Europe I have always done train travel to see more of the landscape, etc. Also it is very efficient and easy in Europe. How is it in SE Asia? I also read a lot about the discount air carriers like Air Asia, etc. I am open to either options. Just really looking to maximize our experience in an unfortunately short period of time.
Advice, tips, critiques of my thoughts, etc all encouraged. Thanks for your help!