37 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

37 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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37 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
2
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bophut, Thailand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
10
Daegu, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
13
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
14
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
15
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Do your shopping at Clarke Quay and Orchard Road. Step off the beaten path and head to Battlebox and The Helix Bridge. When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at MacRitchie Nature Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at East Coast Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Singapore vacation maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Singapore Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November, Singapore is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sentosa Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
East Coast Park ©
East Coast Park
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Freedom Beach, stroll through Nai Harn Beach, and then stop by Nordic Fashion. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Phuket, then get great views at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Patong road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Singapore to Patong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Patong is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach, Nordic Fashion
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

1
night
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for gifts at Classic International Suits, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bophut holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bophut in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bophut can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Salad Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, then kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ko Pha Ngan trip planning site .

You can drive from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally shop like a local with Mango Mojito Shoes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, then browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok online travel route planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping 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)

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): head off the coast to Lantau island. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Dragon's Back and then take a stroll through Tsim Sha Tsui.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong road trip planning website .

You can fly from Bangkok to Hong Kong in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok to Hong Kong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in November, things will get slightly colder in Hong Kong: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui

3
nights
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.
Head to Former French Concession and Tian Zi Fangfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Old Town (Nanshi). Step out of Shanghai to go to Suzhou and see The Lingering Garden, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Pudong New Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shanghai journey site .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hong Kong in November: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Lingering Garden
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden

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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) will appeal to history buffs. Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and 798 Art Zone are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Dongsi Hutong, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To plan Beijing vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in November, you will find days in Beijing are little chillier (11°C), and nights are colder (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Seoul.

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

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The War Memorial of Korea and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Daegu.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea

1
night
Daegu, South Korea

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dodongseowon Confusian School, then explore the striking landscape of Gayasan National Park, and then hunt for treasures at Seomun Market.

Find out how to plan Daegu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daegu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in December; daily highs in Daegu reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gayasan National Park ©
Gayasan National Park
Seomun Market
Seomun Market

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross, then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Busan road trip website .

Traveling by car from Daegu to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, go for a walk through Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hompuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Road Station Yoshinogari "village of sasanqua", appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

Before you visit Fukuoka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fukuoka when traveling from Busan in December, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Yoshinogari-cho, Nijino Matsubara, Hompuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Todai-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Eikando Zenrinji Temple (in Kyoto), Nakatsuyama Tumulus (in Fujiidera) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Kodai-ji Temple). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan Okunoin, Nakatsuyama Tumulus
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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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.
Head to Asakusa and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)for some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Hase-dera Temple, Kinomiya Shrine, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gallery of Modern Art and Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra) and Woorim Beach (in Woorim). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker website .

Getting from Tokyo to Brisbane by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Woorim Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Bribie Island Community Arts Centre
Highlights from your plan
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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