21 days in Thailand, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

21 days in Thailand, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
2
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
3
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
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 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and then admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. In August in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Spas
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by P & C Jewelry, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and then kick back and relax at Banana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Patong Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally get in on the family fun at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Patong journey maker app.

Getting from Bangkok to Patong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Patong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Banana Beach
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:
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Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Spas
P & C Jewelry ©
P & C Jewelry

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Chaweng Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tamarind Springs Forest Spa, and then get a new perspective on things with Samui Asia Divers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then get the adrenaline pumping with X-Quad Samui ATV Tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bophut trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Patong to Bophut in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Bophut sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Ko Samui
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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Food Tours
Tamarind Springs Forest Spa ©
Tamarind Springs Forest Spa
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and design of C&M Learn Thai Culture, kick back and relax at Hat Sadet Beach, relax in the rural setting at Purina Sheep Farm, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach

2
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
On the 1st (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online travel planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stop by Insadong, then steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, and then walk around Namsan Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and then take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

Discover how to plan a Seoul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Seoul in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Chiang Mai to Seoul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chiang Mai in September, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Bukchon Hanok Village ©
Bukchon Hanok Village
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Odaiba District, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ginza ©
Ginza

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and then go for a walk through Gion.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Jeju is known for nature, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, get outside with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, and walk around Sarabong Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwakji Gwamul Beach ©
Gwakji Gwamul Beach
Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach
Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach

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