36 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

36 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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36 days in Thailand, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, United States
Fly:  19​h
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  2​h
2
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 1 day
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: New York City, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas as well as Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Popular historic sites such as The Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Khao San Road. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and explore the activities along Chao Phraya River.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bangkok travel planning site .

Honolulu, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 17 hours. While traveling from Honolulu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bangkok, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 79°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Laem Tong Bay will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Maya Bay and Long Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le, make a splash at Aquaride, look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop, and don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Phi Phi Don in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

3
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Explore Phuket Town's surroundings by going to Patong (Jungceylon & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at NEW ERA'S VIENNA, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jui Tui Shrine, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Phuket Town holiday website .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Phuket Town in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Phuket Town can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Karon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

1
day
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online travel planner .

You can fly from Phuket Town to Osaka in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phuket Town to Osaka. In June, Osaka is little chillier than Phuket Town - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

9
nights
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of the city life by going to Hamdeok Beach and Manjanggul Cave. Hallim Park and Gwaneumsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonunjeongsa Temple, contemplate the long history of Seongeup Folk Village, and browse the exhibits of The Islander.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jeju trip builder website .

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Changgyeonggung Palace and Garosu-gil. Get in touch with nature at Eungbongsan Mountain and Dream Forest. Explore Seoul further: get a taste of the local shopping with Dongdaemun Market, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, don't miss a visit to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Inwangsan Mountain.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Inwangsan Mountain ©
Inwangsan Mountain
Dongdaemun Market ©
Dongdaemun Market
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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