26 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

26 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 1 night
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 4 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Sydney

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Sydney, Australia — 2 nights

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Shop till you drop at ATTY Gallery and Sydney Fish Market. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the striking features of Queen Victoria Building, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Ubud.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Ubud, Indonesia — 2 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and then stroll through Mason Elephant Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Joe's Gone Diving, then stroll through Pantai Sanur, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sindhu Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ubud day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Ubud takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Ubud. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ubud when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Singapore.
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Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Singapore, Singapore — 2 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens by the Bay, then take a stroll through Chinatown, then get a taste of the local shopping with Orchard Road, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Raffles Hotel Arcade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Singapore Zoo, walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Merlion Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Singapore route builder website.

You can fly from Ubud to Singapore in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In January in Singapore, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, then contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, then delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, and finally look for gifts at Ambre. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Siem Reap takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Siem Reap due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in January, Siem Reap is a bit cooler at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Sensoukharam, and finally stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Phousi, then admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, then see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luang Prabang road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Siem Reap in January, expect Luang Prabang to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Bangkok, Thailand — 2 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then look for gifts at R.Boss Bespoke, and finally stop by Khaosan Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok online travel planner.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Bangkok in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luang Prabang in January, expect Bangkok to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Delhi.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

New Delhi, India — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of India Gate, then step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, and finally stop by People Tree.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to New Delhi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in January, expect New Delhi to be much colder, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kathmandu.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Kathmandu, Nepal — 2 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, then look for gifts at Mahaguthi Craft With Conscience, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Universal Crafts. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kathmandu trip itinerary website.

Fly from New Delhi to Kathmandu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Delhi to Kathmandu, you'll lose 0.2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in January, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Kathmandu. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beijing.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Beijing, China — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Beijing itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Beijing takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Beijing. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, expect Beijing to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Kyoto, Japan — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Kyoto in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Beijing to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Beijing in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Boracay.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Boracay, Philippines — 4 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Boracay Eclipse Dive Center and Diniwid Beach. Step out of the city life by going to 1Boracay and White Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balinghai Beach, stroll through Bulabog Beach, and head off the coast to Boracay Waters.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boracay trip planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Philippine Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect Boracay to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.
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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.
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Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.
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Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Spas · Parasailing & Paragliding
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.
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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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