29 days in Asia Itinerary

29 days in Asia Itinerary

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29 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly + Train:  15 h 45 min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  7 h
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
7
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
8
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  17 h 15 min
End: San Diego, United States

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ginkakuji Temple are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ise Grand Shrine and Nijo Castle. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Himeji to see Himeji Castle about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Himeji Castle
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Escape the urban bustle at Seongsan Ilchulbong and Hamdeok Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Udo and Jeju Tourist Horse Riding. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Hallim Park, take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jeju online trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Jeju in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Udo ©
Udo

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Take a break from the city and head to Lantau island and Dragon's Back. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hong Kong Museum of History and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery, stop by Sai Wan Pavilion, steep yourself in history at Time Ball Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Stone Houses Family Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong route planner .

Fly from Jeju to Hong Kong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Hong Kong is minus 1 hour. July in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Visiting Bottle Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thong Nai Pan Noi and Ao Plai Laem. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mae Haad Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi, stroll through Salad Beach, and look for gifts at Pet Tawan Silver Jewelry.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hong Kong to Ko Pha Ngan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Ko Pha Ngan is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Mae Haad Beach ©
Mae Haad Beach

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

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 13th (Mon): stop by Classic International Suits, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Maenam Beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bophut visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Ko Pha Ngan to Bophut takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll explore and learn at Phuket Trickeye Museum and The Phuket Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Freedom Beach and Banana Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town), Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn) and Chalong (Big Buddha Phuket & Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Patong visit app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Patong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Patong, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach, Karon View Point, Banana Beach
Highlights from your plan
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

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.
Get some historical perspective at Wat Pho and Wat Maha That. Do your shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragon. Change things up with a short trip to Historic City of Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bangkok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Bangkok sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Your inner history buff will appreciate Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and Bell and Drum Towers. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Beijing takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Bangkok in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Beijing, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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