15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Phuket, Ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Chūbu Centrair
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumano, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise, Japan
— 1 night
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Cologne

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 3 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Step out of the city life by going to Laem Tong Bay and Ko Phi Phi Le. Go for a jaunt from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ao Nang to see Bamboo Island about 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Viking Cave, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

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Cologne, Germany to Ko Phi Phi Don is an approximately 20-hour combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Cologne to Ko Phi Phi Don, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Ko Phi Phi Don is much hotter than Cologne - with highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Khlong Dao Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kantiang Bay and Long Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Ko Rok Nok, stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Choeng Mon Beach, and then visit Fisherman’s Village.

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You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Lanta to Bophut in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Ko Lanta in May, with lows around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Bophut

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Kyoto, Japan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Nijo Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Kyoto takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bophut to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bophut in May, you will find days in Kyoto are little chillier (77°F), and nights are much colder (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kumano.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Kumano, Japan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akagi Castle, get great views at Matsumoto Toge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tategasaki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumano driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kumano in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in May, Kumano is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Ise, Japan

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ise trip planning site.

Drive from Kumano to Ise in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ise are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Highlights from your trip

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.

Japan travel guide

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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.