17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
— 2 nights
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Kuta, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip maker.

Doha, Qatar to Seoul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Seoul. In December, Seoul is colder than Doha - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then get outside with Gwangalli Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Busan is somewhat warmer than Seoul - with highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 20th (Mon), visit Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Busan in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ninomaru Garden.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bandar Seri Begawan.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

— 2 nights
The capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a variety of entertainment in a modern Islamic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): engage your brain at Malay Technology Museum, don't miss a visit to Tamu Kianggeh, admire the striking features of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, then see Brunei ATV Tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Berakas. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Tasek Lama Recreational Park, see the interesting displays at Royal Regalia Museum, then contemplate the long history of Istana Nurul Iman, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bandar Seri Begawan online attractions planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Bandar Seri Begawan in 9 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Bandar Seri Begawan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Bandar Seri Begawan is much hotter than Tokyo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kuta.

Things to do in Bandar Seri Begawan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Kuta, Indonesia

— 2 nights
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 28th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then make a splash at Waterbom Bali. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Reservoart, then make a trip to Tanah Lot Temple, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Good Boy Team, and finally stop by Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuta trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Kuta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ubud.

Things to do in Kuta

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

Ubud, Indonesia

— 2 nights
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mason Elephant Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and then make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Threads of Life, then stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Ubud itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kuta to Ubud takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Ubud sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.

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.

Brunei-Muara District travel guide

3.1
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings
Brunei-Muara is the northern-most district (daerah in Malay) in Brunei. It is the smallest of Brunei's four districts in term of area but by far the most populous, containing over half the country's population. It is the most important and bustling district because the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan which is also the state capital, is the seat of the government ministries and departmental headquarters as well as the centre of business activities. Other major towns in the Brunei-Muara district include Muara town. The Brunei-Muara district houses the largest and deepest port in Brunei, the Muara Port.The Brunei-Muara district is located in the north-east, bordering the South China Sea and Labuan (Malaysia) to the north, Brunei Bay to the east, Limbang, Sarawak (Malaysia) to the south and the Bruneian district of Tutong to the west.Urban areasAbout 80% of the district is highly urbanized, more than any other districts in Brunei. More than 296,500 people live in the bustling capital city area. Bandar Seri Begawan, Gadong, Jerudong, Berakas and other densely populated kampongs are the main urban region of the district.

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Indonesia travel guide

4.2
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.