59 days in Japan, Malaysia & Ko Samui Itinerary

59 days in Japan, Malaysia & Ko Samui Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 12 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 11 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 10 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 9 nights
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 11 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
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Tokyo, Japan

— 12 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takanashi Milk Rose Garden (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, &more) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 11 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Takenomichi (in Muko), Nagoya (Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Tokugawa Art Museum, &more) and Ise (Sengukan & Ise Grand Shrine). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip app.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 10 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bophut, Thailand

— 9 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bophut: Taling Ngam Muay Thai (in Taling Ngam) and Maret (Lamai Viewpoint & We Green). There's still lots to do: visit Fisherman’s Village, stop by Classic International Suits, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore and take pictures at Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks - Hin Ta Hin Yai.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bophut driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Osaka to Bophut in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Osaka to Bophut due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in June; daily highs in Bophut reach 38°C and lows reach 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 11 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tras Road Chinese Temple (in Raub), Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary (in Ayer Keroh) and Melaka (The Huskitory & St. Peter's Church). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, walk around KLCC Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Kuala Lumpur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Bophut to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): kick back and relax at Long Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take some stellar pictures from Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Kecil online travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Pulau Perhentian Kecil sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Ko Samui travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.

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.