34 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

34 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Beijing, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Kyoto, Japan
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Hakodate, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Singapore, Singapore
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — 1 night

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs. On the 20th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, then see the interesting displays at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. June in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Beijing.
Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

Beijing, China — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lost Plate Beijing Food Tours as well as Chaoyang Theater. Get a sense of the local culture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum. Visit The Great Wall at Badaling and Bell and Drum Towers for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), appreciate the history behind Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Beijing day trip site.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in June, things will get a bit warmer in Beijing: highs are around 36°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:

Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get a sense of the local culture at Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in June, you will find days in Seoul are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Ibaraki City Cultural Museum (in Ibaraki) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning website.

You can fly from Seoul to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

Hakodate, Japan — 2 nights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Northland History Museum. On the 3rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Northland History Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip app.

Fly from Kyoto to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 26°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Suntory Museum of Art. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: visit Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the activities along Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Auckland takes 14 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tokyo to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 13°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 2 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown attractions site.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Singapore.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Singapore, Singapore — 3 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chinatown and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Get some historical perspective at Sultan Mosque and Battlebox. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Singapore, steep yourself in history at Haw Par Villa, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Mariamman Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Singapore in 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Singapore Standard Time (SGT) is minus 4 hours. In July in Singapore, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bangkok.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): visit Khaosan Road, examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then make a trip to Wat Pho, then steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown - Bangkok.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bangkok, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Singapore to Bangkok by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Chiang Mai.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 2 nights

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), then examine the collection at Lanna Traditional House Museum CMU, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Wat Chiang Man, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally explore the world behind art at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai vacation planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Hanoi.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and TiredCity Hang Bong. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Literature & National University and Hoa Lo Prison are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum, learn about all things military at Vietnam Military History Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at A Dong Art Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

China travel guide

4.4
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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

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.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.