21 days in Asia Itinerary

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Denpasar, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Jakarta, Indonesia
— 1 night
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Patong
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Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Bangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Denpasar, Indonesia — 2 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Denpasar side-trips: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). The adventure continues: cool off at Waterbom Bali, enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and relax and rejuvenate at Fortitude Bali.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denpasar online day trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Denpasar is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Auckland to Denpasar. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Denpasar: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Jakarta.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Jakarta, Indonesia — 1 night

Big Durian

The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Istiqlal Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jakarta online holiday planner.

You can fly from Denpasar to Jakarta in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Patong.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Patong, Thailand — 2 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Thai Benjarong by Siam Ceramic Handmade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and then have unforgettable encounters with 3Willys Diving Phuket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at The Phuket Gallery, then make a trip to Bangla Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Patong trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Jakarta to Patong in 10.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Bangkok, Thailand — 3 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.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, get great views at Wat Saket, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bangkok tour website.

Getting from Patong to Bangkok by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Central Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally look for gifts at A.N.D. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then get in on the family fun at Fly Phnom Penh, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh trip planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, look for gifts at Lucy Henna, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), explore the galleries of Klimt Art Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, then steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Seoul, South Korea — 2 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.
On the 11th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, then admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and then visit Bukchon Hanok Village. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Fly from Hanoi to Seoul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanoi to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, and then stroll around Rikugien Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Phuket travel guide

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Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.
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