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
— 7 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip builder.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

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: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

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.
Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach, about 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 19th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and admire the striking features of Alberton.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip builder website.

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. Traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.
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Parks · Wineries · Museums · Tours
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:

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 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: hike along Lake Marian Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take some stellar pictures from Coronet Peak.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 27:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Leura (Gordon Falls Lookout, Everglades House & Gardens, &more), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denpasar: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban) and Nirwana Bali Golf Club (in Tabanan). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, make a splash at Waterbom Bali, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on Gede Private Bali Driver.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denpasar road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Denpasar takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Denpasar. In December, Denpasar is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Singapore.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 11:

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 Gardens by the Bay, appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Singapore, and stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Singapore trip maker site.

Getting from Denpasar to Singapore by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Sosoro Museum, then 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 where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Singapore to Phnom Penh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Siem Reap.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Before you visit Siem Reap, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

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: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, and get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy.

Plan trip to Luang Prabang with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Siem Reap in December: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 31°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Vientiane.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), browse the eclectic array of goods 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. On your second day here, stroll around Buddha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket, and finally pause for some photo ops at Patuxai.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane day trip website.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Vientiane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Vientiane when traveling from Luang Prabang in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Kandy.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, play a few rounds at Merveilles DU Sri Lanka, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Vientiane to Kandy by flight takes about 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Vientiane to Kandy. You will leave for home on the 4th (Wed).
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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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