59 days in Asia Itinerary

59 days in Asia Itinerary

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59 days in Asia Itinerary

Cancun, Mexico
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Battambang, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
Cancun, Mexico

5
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon). Get a sense of the local culture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa and Akihabara. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tsukiji Market, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

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Cancun, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Cancun to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

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Kamakura, Ghibli Museum
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) ©

5
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Osaka Castle and Ginkaku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

4
days
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Songjeong Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Visit Beomeosa Temple and Geumjung Mt. fortress for their historical value. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, go for a walk through Igidae Park, and snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Busan online journey planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Busan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Busan are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Songjeong Beach ©
Songjeong Beach
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

5
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Popular historic sites such as DMZ and The Third Tunnel are in your itinerary. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Everland in Yongin, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hangang Park, and explore the historical opulence of Deoksugung.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Paju, Everland
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ ©
DMZ

5
days
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Jinji Lake and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal in Suzhou (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the striking features of Heping Fandian, and make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzhou
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Jinji Lake ©
Jinji Lake
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

4
days
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Ruins of St. Paul's. Your inner history buff will appreciate Taipa Village Macau and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu). Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Macao Museum, Guia Fortress, & more). Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak) and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hong Kong

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Macau
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

4
days
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 inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. Explore hidden gems such as Hoa Lo Prison and Ba Dinh Square. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Museums
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison

4
days
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Independence Palace and Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and People's Committee Building. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, admire the striking features of Central Post Office, stop by ManGii Shoes, and see Multi-day Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Shopping

Side Trip

Dien Bien Phu
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Kayaking & Canoeing
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

4
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Preah Khan and Beng Mealea. Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banteay Srei, explore the ancient world of Banteay Samre, and see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap day trip website .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Battambang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

4
days
Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang ©
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wat Banan Temple and Wat Ek Phnom. Step off the beaten path and head to Battambang Bat Caves and Sangker Gallery. Step out of Battambang with an excursion to Phnom Yat in Pailin--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at La Fabrik, don't miss a visit to Wat Samrong Knong, browse the exhibits of HUMAN Gallery - Joseba Etxebarria Photography, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Battambang trip planner .

You can drive from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Battambang

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Phnom Yat
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Sangker Gallery ©
Sangker Gallery
Wat Banan Temple ©
Wat Banan Temple

3
days
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.
The Grand Palace and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Jim Thompson House. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Sukhumvit, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok online journey maker .

You can drive from Battambang to Bangkok in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. September in Bangkok sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bangkok

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Spas
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
days
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to KL Bird Park and Sepang International Circuit. Your inner history buff will appreciate Batu Caves and Putra Mosque. Take a break from Kuala Lumpur with a short trip to Chin Swee Cave Temple in Genting Highlands, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur tour website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

#Tours, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sepang International Circuit, Putra Mosque, Chin Swee Cave Temple, Batu Caves
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque

4
days
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore Botanic Gardens and Sentosa Boardwalk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Change things up with a short trip to Skyline Luge Sentosa in Sentosa Island (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, enjoy the sand and surf at Changi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Joseph, and contemplate the long history of Chijmes.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Singapore tour builder .

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September in Singapore, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Changi Beach ©
Changi Beach
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Sentosa Boardwalk ©
Sentosa Boardwalk

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