39 days in Asia Itinerary

39 days in Asia Itinerary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan Jetty Port, Fly to El Nido
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El Nido, Philippines
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Singapore, Singapore
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Wat Phra Singh. Spend the 26th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Chiang Mai is 5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Chiang Mai to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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 historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Before you visit Ho Chi Minh City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 nights

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch and Tra Que Minty Garden. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Lady Buddha in Da Nang, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, cast your line with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), look for gifts at Tired City Dinh Tien Hoang, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University.

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Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the flight 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 discover tucked-away gems like N Seoul Tower and Bukchon Hanok Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park (in Bucheon). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Seoul by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and subway. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Busan.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Bokcheon Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and then examine the collection at Busan Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan road trip planning site.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanjusangendo Temple and Gion. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou and Meiji Jingu Shrine. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boracay.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Boracay, Philippines — 3 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Helicopter Tours and Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach). Dedicate the 23rd (Mon) to wine at 1Boracay. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at Legacy Gym Boracay, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Boracay trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Boracay in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Boracay, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Boracay: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to El Nido.
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Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

El Nido, Philippines — 2 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Commando Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our El Nido online tour planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to El Nido in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Singapore.
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Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Singapore, Singapore — 6 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Step off the beaten path and head to Battlebox and Merlion Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, take in the pleasant sights at Waterfront Promenade, wander the streets of Chinatown, and browse the exhibits of National Gallery Singapore.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Singapore trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from El Nido to Singapore in 9.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
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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Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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