36 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

36 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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36 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  20​h
1
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
5
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Coron, Philippines
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
9
Boracay, Philippines
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  13​h
10
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
14
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bristol, United Kingdom

2
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Zipline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and Wat Phra Singh. Spend the 15th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai vacation maker app .

Bristol, UK to Chiang Mai is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Son Doong Cave, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of The Duck Stop, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), then explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, and finally Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chiang Mai to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

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.
On the 20th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Marble Mountains, enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
My Khe Beach ©
My Khe Beach
Food Tours

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Get some cultural insight at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Cambodia Landmine Museum. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, and contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap route planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Zipline
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

1
night
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then examine the collection at National Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh road trip site .

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, and finally meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Chatuchak Weekend Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok tour planner .

Getting from Phnom Penh to Bangkok by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

1
night
Coron, Philippines

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Barracuda Lake, and finally stroll through Kalitang Beach.

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

You can fly from Bangkok to Coron in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Coron is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Tapyas ©
Mt Tapyas
Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake

2
nights
El Nido, Philippines

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
On the 30th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Commando Beach, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nacpan Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by ferry from Coron to El Nido takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando Beach

2
nights
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
On the 1st (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at White Beach, then stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and finally stroll through Diniwid Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Boracay Waters, kick back and relax at Bugtongbato Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilig Iligan Beach, then examine the collection at Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bulabog Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Boracay day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. July in Boracay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Scuba & Snorkeling
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get in touch with nature at Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cairns in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Cairns is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boracay in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Earl Hill, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Visiting Balloon Rides and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
We've included these beaches for you: Nai Harn Beach and Patong Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Freedom Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town) and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) (in Chalong). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, get great views at Karon View Point, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get your game on at Phuket Kart.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong online holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Patong takes 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Patong. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much hotter in Patong: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nai Harn Beach, Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach

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