23 days in Asia Itinerary

23 days in Asia Itinerary

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23 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  10​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— Few hours
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  3​h
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
5
Da Nang, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h
6
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey


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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Hong Kong travel route planning site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Hong Kong is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Hong Kong, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you will find days in Hong Kong are much warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). You will leave for Taipei on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Yanzihkou Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Palace Museum, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Taipei online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Taipei takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. December in Taipei sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hualien, New Taipei
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

5
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ngoc Son Temple, Hang Dau Street, Hoa Lo Prison, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Presidential Palace Historical Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quan Thanh Temple, and make a trip to Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Taipei to Hanoi takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Hanoi is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Bai Dinh Pagoda
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Perfume River as well as Tomb of Khai Dinh. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Khai Dinh, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Perfume River.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hue day trip planner .

You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tomb of Khai Dinh
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Khai Dinh ©
Tomb of Khai Dinh

2
nights
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
You've added Ba Na Hills SunWorld, Big C Supercenter, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), find something for the whole family at Ba Na Hills SunWorld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, don't miss a visit to Lady Buddha, hunt for treasures at Bac My An Market, don't miss a visit to Marian Shrine of the Lady of Tra Kieu, then take in the views from Tran Thi Ly Bridge, and finally browse the different shops at Big C Supercenter.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Da Nang itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Hue to Da Nang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Da Nang are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Theme Parks Shopping Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ba Na Hills SunWorld ©
Ba Na Hills SunWorld
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Lady Buddha ©
Lady Buddha

1
night
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cam Nam Island, An Bang Beach, Hoi An Night Market, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hoi An Night Market, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quan Kong Temple, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vinahouse Craft Village, enjoy the sand and surf at An Bang Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cua Dai Beach, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, then look for gifts at Metiseko, and finally step off the mainland to explore Cam Nam Island.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An planner .

You can take a shuttle from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hoi An are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach

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nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
You've added Saigon Centre, Takashimaya Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toBangkok.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Wat Saket, Cheap Charlie's Bar, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and other attractions. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok road trip planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House
Siam Paragon ©
Siam Paragon

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