50 days in Japan, Bali & Thailand Itinerary

50 days in Japan, Bali & Thailand Itinerary

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50 days in Japan, Bali & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 30​min
3
Ubud, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  8​h 45​min
5
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
ferry:  45​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Patong, Thailand
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
8
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
9
Koh Tao, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rome, Italy

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online vacation planner .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Get out of town with these interesting Ubud side-trips: Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (in Tabanan), Elephant Safari Park (in Tegalalang) and Tirta Empul Temple (in Tampaksiring). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Head underground at Elephant Cave Ubud, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ubud road trip website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Kyoto to Ubud in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kyoto to Ubud, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: high temperatures in Ubud hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seminyak.

Things to do in Ubud

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Besakih Temple, Shark Diving, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Elephant Safari Park, Tirta Empul Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Spas

5
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak ©
A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Sanur (Pura Dalem Pengembak, Pantai Sanur, & more) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Waterbom Bali, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuta Beach - Bali, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seminyak Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seminyak trip planner.

You can drive from Ubud to Seminyak in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Seminyak, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Seminyak

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denpasar, Kuta, Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kuta Beach - Bali ©
Kuta Beach - Bali
Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

4
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Ko Lanta is known for wildlife, beaches, nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare, try for a hole-in-one at Lanta Parklife, have some family-friendly fun at Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Wall, and contemplate the long history of Lanta Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Seminyak to Ko Lanta takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Ko Lanta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Fun & Games Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection

3
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ©
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Ko Phi Phi Don is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Loh Dalum Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Ko Bida Nok.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary website .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

5
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chalong (Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) & Big Buddha Phuket), Krabi Elephant Sanctuary (in Krabi Town) and Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Phuket Kart, and get in on the family fun at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Patong journey planning website .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Phang Nga Bay., Karon Beach, Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

5
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Ko Pha Ngan is known for beaches, wildlife, spas, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, try for a hole-in-one at Phangan Adventure MiniGolf, and pick up some new knowledge with C&M Learn Thai Culture.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Patong to Ko Pha Ngan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
C&M Learn Thai Culture ©
C&M Learn Thai Culture
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium ©
Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium

1
night
Koh Tao, Thailand

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koh Tao road trip site .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Koh Tao by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wat Maha That (in Ayutthaya) and The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) (in Pattaya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Koh Tao to Bangkok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Koh Tao in January, Bangkok is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), Wat Maha That
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

5
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip planner .

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, Chiang Mai is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

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