21 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

21 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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21 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Visit Hozomon and Kyu Fukukawa Teien for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fire Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Tsurumi) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). It doesn't end there: stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Tokyo Horse Racetrack
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Miho Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Rokuen will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Hankyu Umeda Main Store (in Osaka) and Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura (in Nantan). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Keage Incline.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Tours Museums

Side Trips

Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura, Miho Museum, Rokuen, Hankyu Umeda Honten
Highlights from your plan
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Spas
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura ©
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Love Museum, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, then stop by Creative Life Store KEY, then explore the galleries of Gallery Hyundai, and finally view the masterpieces at Insa Art Center.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. April in Seoul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Shopping
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Insa Art Center ©
Insa Art Center
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Gallery Hyundai ©
Gallery Hyundai

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Miryang City Museum and Chilcheonryang Seabattle Memorial Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tongyeong Central Traditional Market and National Maritime Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Mireuksan Mountain in Tongyeong (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, and see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Busan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Busan

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tongyeong, Miryang City Museum, Chilcheonryang Seabattle Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
National Maritime Museum ©
National Maritime Museum
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Mireuksan Mountain ©
Mireuksan Mountain

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sanam Chandra Palace and Suan Pakkad Palace Museum. For shopping fun, head to Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles or Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to The Royal Golf & Country Club (in Bang Sao Thong) and Woodland Muangmai (in Nakhon Chai Si). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, see the interesting displays at Museum of Siam, and step into the grandiose world of The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat).

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok journey planner .

Fly from Busan to Bangkok in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Busan in May, expect Bangkok to be warmer, temps between 41°C and 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Sanam Chandra Palace, Woodland Muangmai, The Royal Golf & Country Club
Highlights from your plan
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles ©
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Suan Pakkad Palace Museum ©
Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

5
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Popular historic sites such as Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Promthep Cape Light House are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mai Khao Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Phuket Town (Kayaking & Canoeing, Kampon Art Gallery, & more), Phuket Trickeye Museum (in Talat Yai) and Ao Sane (in Nai Harn). There's still lots to do: stop by Martin Fashion, take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bang Tao Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Patong travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in May, with highs in Patong at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Phuket, Ao Sane
Highlights from your plan
Ao Sane ©
Ao Sane
Mai Khao Beach ©
Mai Khao Beach
Bang Tao Beach ©
Bang Tao Beach

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