17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha-Ngan
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Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak Pier Koh Samui, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luanping County, China
— 3 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Austin

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Bangkok, Thailand — 2 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then make a trip to Wat Pho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally get great views at Wat Saket. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), then explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary builder site.

Austin, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Bangkok is 13 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bangkok when traveling from Austin in June, with lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Pha-Ngan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand — 3 nights

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine and Wat Khao Tham. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Salad Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thong Nai Pan Noi, see Full Moon Party, kick back and relax at Haad Rin, and relax in the rural setting at Purina Sheep Farm.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha-Ngan trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Pha-Ngan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Ko Pha-Ngan can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

Kyoto, Japan — 2 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara Park (in Nara) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha-Ngan to Kyoto in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ko Pha-Ngan in June: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Shanghai, China — 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Art Lab (MOCA Shanghai), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally explore the activities along Huangpu River. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then take a stroll through Former French Concession, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at island6 Arts Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto to Shanghai, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Shanghai sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Beijing, China — 2 nights

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), then steep yourself in history at Beijing Jiuwan Lane, and then admire the striking features of The Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Olympic Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, Beijing is a bit cooler at night with lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Luanping County.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Luanping County, China — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see Jinshanling Great Wall. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Dong Cunrui Martyrs cemetery, then make a trip to LongXiang ShangYe Jie (LiMin Lu), and then delve into the lush surroundings at Maojing Dam Forest Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Luanping County road trip site.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

China travel guide

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With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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