15 days in Asia Itinerary

15 days in Asia Itinerary

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15 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 30​min
5
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
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.
Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragonfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Grand Palace and Jim Thompson House. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and shop like a local with Khao San Road.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok online attractions planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in July; daily highs in Bangkok reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, explore the ancient world of Pre Rup, then explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, and finally explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then explore the ancient world of Preah Khan, and finally delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Siem Reap trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hallim Park and Jejuyo Ceramic Culture Museum. You'll explore and learn at Jeju Folk Museum and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulsari Tapsa Temple, and view the masterpieces at Arario Museum Dongmun Motel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju road trip planner .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Jeju in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Siem Reap to Jeju is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Visiting Pantai Sanur and Elephant Safari Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Ubud with an excursion to Tanah Lot Temple in Beraban--about 1h 15 min away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 13th (Sat) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ubud online vacation planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Ubud by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Ubud due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ubud, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanah Lot Temple, Elephant Safari Park, Pantai Sanur
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur

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