45 days in Thailand, New Delhi & Japan Itinerary

45 days in Thailand, New Delhi & Japan Itinerary

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45 days in Thailand, New Delhi & Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h
2
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
New Delhi, India
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
9
Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Hakodate, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Monkey Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phuket Town: Freedom Beach (in Patong) and Karon (Karon View Point & Spas). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, and expand your horizons at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Restaurant.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Phuket Town vacation builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Phuket Town is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Phuket Town at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Patong, Karon, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline

2
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Kantiang Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lanta Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Klong Nin Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ko Lanta tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Phuket Town to Ko Lanta by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach
Koh Rok Island ©
Koh Rok Island

4
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bamboo Island and Tup Island. Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot). There's still lots to do: get great views at Railay View Point, head off the coast to Hong Islands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nopparat Thara Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai).

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

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Krabi Town in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)
Highlights from your plan
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island
Speed Boats Tours
Nopparat Thara Beach ©
Nopparat Thara Beach

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Popular historic sites such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Phanan Choeng are in your itinerary. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam), Wat Borom Puttharam, & more), Bang Pa In Palace (in Bang Pa-in) and Ancient City (in Samut Prakan). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suthat, see the interesting displays at The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall, identify plant and animal life at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bangkok online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Bang Pa In Palace, Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phanan Choeng ©
Wat Phanan Choeng

7
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Lotus Temple and Hauz Khas Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting New Delhi side-trips: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Cyber Hub & Ambience Mall) and The Great India Place (in Noida). On the 9th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Rajpath, get to know the fascinating history of Lodhi Garden, examine the collection at National Rail Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to New Delhi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to New Delhi. August in New Delhi sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Gurugram (Gurgaon), The Great India Place
Highlights from your plan
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Hauz Khas Village ©
Hauz Khas Village

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then walk around Kabira Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Ishigaki in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Maja Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, stroll through Nakanoshima Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Miyakojima online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 19th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and Higashiyama Walking Course. Visit The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory & Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory) and Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). There's more to do: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji and make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takayama takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto Castle, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

3
nights
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Park. Visit Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakodate: Matsumae-cho (Ryuunin, Matsumae Castle, & more), Takanosaki (in Imabetsu-machi) and Old Nakamura Residence (in Esashi-cho). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Hakodate takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Takayama in August; daily highs in Hakodate reach 28°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsumae-gun, Old Nakamura Residence, Takanosaki
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Trappistine Monasteries ©
Trappistine Monasteries

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