38 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chengdu, China
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Xi'an, China
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Beijing, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan
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Sydney, Australia — 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Anzac Memorial. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Katoomba Falls about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Hyde Park, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and pick up some local products at The Rocks Markets.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Atlanta, USA to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Sydney is 15 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Annie's at the Beach (in Palm Cove) and Barron Falls (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, make a short side trip with Day Trips, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Madame Tussauds Bangkok and The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, stop by Tom's Fashion, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Bangkok takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Cairns to Bangkok, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in October, Bangkok is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Chiang Mai.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wat Lok Molee and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Wachirathan Falls (in Chom Thong) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Win). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Three Kings Monument, and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online travel planner.

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in November, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Chiang Mai. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Chengdu.
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Chengdu, China — 3 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Food Tours. Spend the 6th (Mon) on the rails with a train tour. There's more to do: examine the collection at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) and make a trip to Tianfu Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Chengdu visit planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Chengdu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chiang Mai in November, you will find days in Chengdu are cooler (19°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Xi'an.
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Xi'an, China — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Step off the beaten path and head to Travel China Guide and Tianshuijing Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Small Goose Pagoda, take an in-depth tour of Forest of Stone Steles Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Shanxi Art Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in November, things will get slightly colder in Xi'an: highs are around 14°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Nine Dragon Screen, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in November, plan for little chillier nights in Beijing, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at N Seoul Tower and Jogyesa Temple. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, and make a trip to Ewha Womans University.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seoul online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Beijing to Seoul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in November since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meiji Jingu Shrine and Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Thailand travel guide

3.8
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.
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