58 days in Asia Itinerary

58 days in Asia Itinerary

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58 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Seoul, South Korea
train + Fly:  10​h
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Shanghai, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Osaka, Japan
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
11
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
13
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
End: Seoul, South Korea

6
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Battlebox and Peranakan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit The Helix Bridge and Kranji War Memorial for their historical value. Step out of Singapore to go to Sentosa Island and see Sentosa Boardwalk, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at MacRitchie Nature Trail, get engrossed in the history at Asian Civilisations Museum, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, and buy something for everyone on your list at Clarke Quay.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Singapore trip itinerary maker site .

Seoul, South Korea to Singapore is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in June, with highs in Singapore at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
The Helix Bridge ©
The Helix Bridge

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chatuchak Flower Market and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Phanan Choeng in Ayutthaya--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), make a trip to Wat Pho, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok road trip planner.

Fly from Singapore to Bangkok in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Bangkok is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

3
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Royal Palace Museum. Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Wat Xieng Mouane will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nahm Dong Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Sensoukharam, and explore the world behind art at The Buddhist Archive of Photography.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Luang Prabang are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) ©

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim), Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Suphan, get your game on at Chiangmai Speedkart, view the masterpieces at Glang-Viang Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Baan Tipmanee.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park ©
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park

1
night
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cultural Museum, Mandalay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanda Muni Paya, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwe In Bin Monastry and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mandalay online tour planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Mandalay by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sanda Muni Paya ©
Sanda Muni Paya
Shwe In Bin Monastry ©
Shwe In Bin Monastry

7
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 South Bund Soft Spinning Material Marketfor some retail therapy. Visiting Humble Administrator's Garden and Shanghai Wild Animal Park will get you outdoors. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Chongming Dongtan Birds National Nature Reserve (in Chongming County), Suzhou (Landscape Architecture, Panmen Gate, & more) and Jiaxing South Lake (in Jiaxing). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Xitang Ancient Town, take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and get a new perspective on nature at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai travel route builder tool .

Fly from Mandalay to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Myanmar Time to China Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town, Jiaxing South Lake, Chongming Dongtan Birds National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Yodoryokuchi Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (in Kita), Muroji Temple (in Uda) and Kyoto (Shimogamo Jinja, Tofuku-ji Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, contemplate the long history of Daigo-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Mint Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Koya-cho, Miho Museum, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

7
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.
Let the collections at The National Art Center, Tokyo and The Railway Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Nezu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) (in Chichibu) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Engaku-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Saitama, Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Highlights from your plan
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

6
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 Gong Wang Fu will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as 798 Art Zone and Walking tours. Go for a jaunt from Beijing to Laishui County to see Baili Canyon Resort about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, wander the streets of Back Lakes (Hou Hai), stroll through Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and admire the landmark architecture of Meridian Gate (Wu Men).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Tokyo to Beijing in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Baili Canyon Resort
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, and finally look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online visit planner .

Getting from Beijing to Hanoi by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Phong Nha Botanic Garden, Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Son Doong Cave and then Head underground at Paradise Cave.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, then admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, and finally look for gifts at Healing the Wounded Heart Shop. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hue attractions planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thai Hoa Palace ©
Thai Hoa Palace

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at FITO Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ao Dai Exhibition. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip site .

You can fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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