20 days in Asia Itinerary

20 days in Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly + Bus:  11 h
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Taxi + Fly:  13 h 30 min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

2
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
On the 5th (Mon), meet the residents at Duman Entertainment Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan tour itinerary planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to East Kazakhstan Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in August: highs in Nur-Sultan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get some cultural insight at Ascension Cathedral and Baiken Mosque. Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Shymbulak Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, admire the landmark architecture of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Almaty journey planning site.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, Almaty is a bit warmer than Nur-Sultan - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lake Alakol
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

3
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Step out of the city life by going to Altyn Arashan and Issyk-Kul Lake. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Ala Kul Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque, and walk around Park Pobedy.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Karakol day trip tool.

You can drive from Almaty to Karakol in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

2
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Borborduk Mosque, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and then catch a movie at COSMOPARK.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bishkek online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Bishkek sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
COSMOPARK ©
COSMOPARK

3
nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Get in touch with nature at Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara and Karatag Gorge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hisor Fortress and Haji Yaqub Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Fann Mountains in Ayni (about 2h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Rudaki Park and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bishkek in August, you will find days in Dushanbe are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Samarkand.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Fann Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
Fann Mountains ©
Fann Mountains

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Registan and then contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Afrasiyab Settlement, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip planner.

Getting from Dushanbe to Samarkand by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Dushanbe in August, plan for slightly colder days in Samarkand, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda

3
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Hezreti Osman Mosque. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parthian Settlement of Nisa and Geokdepe. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, make a trip to Wedding Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat road trip planning site.

Do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Samarkand to Ashgabat in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Samarkand in August: high temperatures in Ashgabat hover around 43°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe

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