21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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21 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  15​h
1
Beijing, China
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Lhasa, China
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  6​h 30​min
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then step into the grandiose world of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). On the next day, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, then make a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and then admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Beijing route maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Beijing to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Historic Sites
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Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiamiyuan Temple, admire the striking features of Potala Palace, explore the striking landscape at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, then get engrossed in the history at Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pabangka Monastery. On the next day, Head underground at Chimpu Caves, admire the landmark architecture of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Canggu Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lhasa road trip site .

Fly from Beijing to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Beijing in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lhasa: temperatures range from 12°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery ©
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then play a few rounds at Luang Prabang Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Luang Prabang trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Luang Prabang in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lhasa to Luang Prabang due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lhasa in December, things will get warmer in Luang Prabang: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
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 15th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hue trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Luang Prabang to Hue takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Luang Prabang in December: highs in Hue hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An ©
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery, browse the range of quality goods at Ginkgo T-Shirts, explore the world behind art at Cotic, then hunt for treasures at Dat Thanh Shoe Shop, and finally stop by Couleurs d'Asie Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An itinerary maker app .

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Shopping Spas Museums
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Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Cotic ©
Cotic

4
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
You'll explore and learn at One Eleven Gallery and Angkor Artwork E&T Stocker. Get some cultural insight at Angkor Thom and Banteay Srei. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thommanon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the long history of Chau Srei Vibol.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hoi An to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoi An in December, expect nights in Siem Reap to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm

1
night
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotus Space.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

4
nights
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island ©
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture.
We've included these beaches for you: Ong Lang Beach and Sao Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Phu Quoc Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) and Phu Quoc Countryside. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc Course, take a memorable tour with Peppers in Phu Quoc chez Le Ho, make a trip to Ho Quoc pagoda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phu Quoc Island tour planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach
Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach

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