21 days in Japan, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

21 days in Japan, Vietnam & Thailand Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Patong, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then stop by Ueno District, then steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Tokyo is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yasaka Shrine and Pontocho District. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kodai-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, visit Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Hoi An, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mỹ Sơn and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hoi An visit planning site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Hoi An in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kyoto to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Kyoto in March, with highs in Hoi An at 32°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), and finally look for gifts at James Fashion International.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hoi An to Bangkok by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hoi An in March; daily highs in Bangkok reach 40°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Patong.

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Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phuket 3D Museum and Big Buddha Phuket. Get outdoors at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices and Sea Bees Diving - Chalong. Change things up with a short trip to Yanui Beach in Rawai (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, look for gifts at New Era's Vienna, and make a trip to Patong Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Patong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bangkok in March, Patong is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping. Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Supreme Collection. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phan Tao, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Patong in March, Chiang Mai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Hanoi.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 29th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, then admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and finally visit Old Quarter.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.