43 days in Asia Itinerary

43 days in Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
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Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Fly to Ngurah Rai, Foot to Denpasar Airport, Bus to Sanur, Ferry to Nusa Penida
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Nusa Penida, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Gili Air, Indonesia
— 1 night
Ferry to Amed, Taxi to Tulamben
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Tulamben, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly to Krabi, Ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Bangrak, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Leh
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Leh, India
— 5 nights
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Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
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Beijing, China

— 6 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and get engrossed in the history at Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Beijing trip builder website.

Exeter, UK to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Exeter to Beijing. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Hiroshima, Japan

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Hiroshima Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Ohara Museum of Art and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Hiroshima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Beijing to Hiroshima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in May, plan for slightly colder days in Hiroshima, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 7 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanjusangendo Temple and Ryoanji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip builder.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Labuan Bajo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

— 2 nights
A trip to Labuan Bajo, an idyllic fishing village at the northwestern tip of Flores, offers the chance to unwind and experience traditional life without sacrificing comfort.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Labuan Bajo trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Kyoto to Labuan Bajo in 16 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Labuan Bajo due to the time zone difference. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nusa Penida.

Things to do in Labuan Bajo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Nusa Penida, Indonesia

— 2 nights
The bounty of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons bordered by emerald green hills, unique cliff formations, and colorful reefs is what draws most travelers to Nusa Penida.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kelingking Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Nusa Penida Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nusa Penida trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Labuan Bajo to Nusa Penida takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. June in Nusa Penida sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Gili Air.

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Gili Air, Indonesia

— 1 night
Proximity to Lombok makes Gili Air extremely popular with honeymooners and tourists, but the small island is also known for its pristine beaches and excellent snorkeling.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by ferry from Nusa Penida to Gili Air takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gili Air when traveling from Nusa Penida in June, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tulamben.

Things to do in Gili Air

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Tulamben, Indonesia

— 2 nights
The small, otherwise unassuming fishing village of Tulamben draws scores of tourists every year as the site of a sunken U.S. cargo ship.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore and take pictures at USS Liberty Shipwreck and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tulamben visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Gili Air to Tulamben in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tulamben can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Tulamben

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 3 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ko Bida Nok.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tulamben to Ko Phi Phi Don in 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulamben to Ko Phi Phi Don. In June in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

— 2 nights

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Kecil visit planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Ko Phi Phi Don to Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the Route module. Traveling from Ko Phi Phi Don to Pulau Perhentian Kecil, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Ko Pha Ngan on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thong Nai Pan Noi and Bottle Beach. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at C&M Learn Thai Culture, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Ko Pha Ngan with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Ko Pha Ngan. In June in Ko Pha Ngan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Leh, India

— 5 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Get some cultural insight at Hall of Fame and Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Alchi Monastery in Alchi, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, and pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh travel route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Leh takes 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ko Pha Ngan to Leh is minus 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Jaisalmer, India

— 4 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer road trip planner.

Getting from Leh to Jaisalmer by flight takes about 20.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.