17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

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17 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Taunggyi, Myanmar
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
5
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Bophut, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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 22nd (Sun), get great views at N Seoul Tower, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Insadong, then take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and then have some family-friendly fun at Seoul Rage Room - Hongdae.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 15 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in Seoul at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the history behind Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda, then stroll around Kandawgyi Park, and finally look for gifts at Retroretro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bogyoke Aung San Market, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyauk Daw Kyi.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yangon (Rangoon) trip planning website .

Getting from Seoul to Yangon (Rangoon) by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seoul to Yangon (Rangoon) due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Highlights from your plan
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha
Botahtaung Pagoda ©
Botahtaung Pagoda

2
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhammayan Gyi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwezigon Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bagan tour builder website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Taunggyi.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Balloon Rides
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple

1
night
Taunggyi, Myanmar

Taunggyi ©
A major trading city in the mountains, Taunggyi offers good access to the plains and hills of the state.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamuni Pagoda, then delve into the distant past at Indein Village, and then stroll through Floating Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Taunggyi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Taunggyi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Taunggyi

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Indein Village ©
Indein Village
Floating Gardens ©
Floating Gardens
Sulamuni Pagoda ©
Sulamuni Pagoda

1
night
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Soe Moe Myanmar Handicrafts, then take some stellar pictures from Mandalay Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwenandaw Monastery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mandalay trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Taunggyi to Mandalay by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Mandalay Hill ©
Mandalay Hill

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally stroll around Lumpini Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok online day trip planner .

Fly from Mandalay to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

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

3
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a stroll through Fisherman’s Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, and then stroll through Chaweng Beach. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Classic International Suits, explore the striking landscape at Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bophut online trip maker .

Getting from Bangkok to Bophut by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Bophut

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai
Highlights from your plan
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Fisherman’s Village ©
Fisherman’s Village
Big Buddha ©
Big Buddha

2
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, scenic drive, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, cruise along Chele La Pass, and take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paro trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Bophut to Paro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bophut to Paro. Traveling from Bophut in January, things will get colder in Paro: highs are around 16°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

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