60 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Singapore, Singapore
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Vientiane, Laos
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Kyoto, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Todai-ji Temple). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit planner.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kyoto. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 6 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 5 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach--about 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, walk around Auckland Domain, examine the collection at MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Auckland by flight takes about 14 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Auckland, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (Gertrude Saddle, The Chasm Walk, &more). On the 11th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: trek along Lake Marian Track, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore and take pictures at Coronet Peak, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Leura (Gordon Falls Lookout, Everglades House & Gardens, &more), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, visit Darling Harbour, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Denpasar.
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Denpasar, Indonesia — 7 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban) and Nirwana Bali Golf Club (in Tabanan). The adventure continues: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, cool off at Waterbom Bali, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on Gede Private Bali Driver.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denpasar trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Denpasar by flight takes about 9.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Denpasar due to the time zone difference. In March, Denpasar is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 7 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Orchard Road.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Singapore trip planning app.

You can fly from Denpasar to Singapore in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. March in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Sosoro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Singapore to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Phnom Penh due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 nights

Temple Town

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.
Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap vacation planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang, Laos — 3 nights

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luang Prabang when traveling from Siem Reap in April, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Vientiane.
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Vientiane, Laos — 2 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), hunt for treasures at Morning Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Muang, and finally don't miss a visit to Phou Khoun Observation Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): walk around Buddha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ho Phra Keo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vientiane, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kandy.
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Kandy, Sri Lanka — 4 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, play a few rounds at Merveilles DU Sri Lanka, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Kandy takes 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Vientiane to Kandy. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Fri).
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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Indonesia travel guide

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Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.
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