31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10 h
2
Ha Long, Vietnam
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
4
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Tha Heua, Laos
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
8
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
13
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  6 h 30 min
14
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
15
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then get outside with Mutianyu Great Wall. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, then take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and finally get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

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Mexico City, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 3°C and lows are around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
day
Ha Long, Vietnam

Ha Long
Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ha Long trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Beijing to Ha Long. Traveling from Beijing to Ha Long, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Hanoi on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Ha Long

Tours Outdoors Adventure

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, take a stroll through Old Quarter, and then get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanoi trip planner.

You can drive from Ha Long to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ©
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Luangprabang Elephant Camp.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang online holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tha Heua.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre ©

1
night
Tha Heua, Laos

Tha Heua ©
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Mekong River.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tha Heua trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Luang Prabang to Tha Heua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tha Heua, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Tha Heua

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mekong River ©
Mekong River

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Wat Suthat. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tom's Fashion and Madame Tussauds Bangkok. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, browse the different shops at CentralWorld, and step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bangkok trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tha Heua to Bangkok. Traveling from Tha Heua in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha, then look for gifts at Classic International Suits, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Maenam Beach.

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

You can fly from Bangkok to Bophut in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Patong Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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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 February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Patong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thean Hou Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Putra Mosque. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Pavilion KL, then explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

You can fly from Patong to Kuala Lumpur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Patong to Kuala Lumpur. In February, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Putra Mosque, Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway ©

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at FITO Museum, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder tool .

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
FITO Museum ©
FITO Museum

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Banteay Samre and Angkor National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ta Som and Preah Khan. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the striking features of Banteay Kdei, and contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Ta Som
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan
Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): wander the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and then hike along Dragon's Back. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History and then take a stroll through Sai Kung.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Hong Kong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Hong Kong Time (HKT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Siem Reap, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Sai Wan Pavilion ©
Sai Wan Pavilion

1
night
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), then stop by Tian Zi Fang, and finally take a stroll through Pudong New Area.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Pudong New Area ©
Pudong New Area
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Todai-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shanghai to Kyoto takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take a stroll through Asakusa, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minato Mirai 21, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojoji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Marunouchi.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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