51 days in Asia Itinerary

51 days in Asia Itinerary

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51 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Ferry:  11 h 15 min
5
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Amed, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 6 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 45 min
9
Pattaya, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Sapa, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
13
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
14
Da Lat, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
15
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
16
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States


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4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Sumida River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa and Asakusa Shrine. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, shop like a local with The Tsukiji Market, wander the streets of Akihabara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kaizu Osaki and Makino Sunny Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hikone Castle and Yasaka Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Metasequoia Namiki in Takashima, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

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

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takashima, Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Toji ©
Toji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and then get engrossed in the history at The National Folk Museum of Korea.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planning app .

Getting from Kyoto to Seoul by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

1
night
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): browse the different shops at Taipei 101, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei day trip planner .

Fly from Seoul to Taipei in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Taipei is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in May: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 85°F and lows are around 73°F. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nusa Lembongan.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple

2
nights
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

The island of Nusa Lembongan sits amidst swathes of calm, clear waters as well as some of the most notable surfing waves in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Seaweed Farming, Nusa Lembongan and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nusa Lembongan route planning site .

Explore your travel options from Taipei to Nusa Lembongan with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amed.

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Amed, Indonesia

A snaking coastline and quaint, sleepy fishing villages characterize Amed, a stretch of shorefront with seven villages in Bali's east.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tirta Gangga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Two Eka Waroeng, then take in the exciting artwork at Dana's Paintings - Sunari Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amed Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amed online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Nusa Lembongan to Amed takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nusa Dua.

Things to do in Amed

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Karangasem
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Taman Tirtagangga ©
Taman Tirtagangga
Amed Beach ©
Amed Beach

4
nights
Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Nusa Dua ©
A trip to Nusa Dua offers a chance to enjoy sandy beaches and an 18-hole golf course.
Get outdoors at Nusa Dua Beach and Karma Beach Bali. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bali Collection and Mengiat Beach. Step out of Nusa Dua with an excursion to Uluwatu Temple in Pecatu--about 34 minutes away.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nusa Dua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amed to Nusa Dua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in May, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Nusa Dua

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Uluwatu Temple, Karma Beach Bali
Highlights from your plan
Nusa Dua Beach ©
Nusa Dua Beach
Uluwatu Temple ©
Uluwatu Temple
Mengiat Beach ©
Mengiat Beach

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ayutthaya Ruins and Madame Tussauds Bangkok. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragonfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and contemplate the waterfront views at Chao Phraya River.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip planner .

Getting from Nusa Dua to Bangkok by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Nusa Dua in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bangkok: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 81°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan), and then see the interesting displays at Anek Kuson Sala (Viharnra Sien). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, then look for gifts at Ama Fashion, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Garden Plaza.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pattaya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bangkok to Pattaya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in May, you will find days in Pattaya are slightly colder (91°F), and nights are about the same (81°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Pattaya

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Khao Chi Chan Buddha
Highlights from your plan
Ama Fashion ©
Ama Fashion
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thai Elephant Home and Wat Suan Dok. Museum-lovers will get to explore Siam Insect Zoo and Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, buy something for everyone on your list at Kad Luang - Warorot Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Umong, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Pattaya to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Pattaya in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chiang Mai, with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Thai Elephant Home, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Siam Insect Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham
Wat Suan Dok ©
Wat Suan Dok

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, look for gifts at Indigo Store, look for gifts at Phúc Lợi Shop, then stop by 54 Traditions Gallery, then look for gifts at The Bookworm Hanoi, and finally look for gifts at Chula fashion showroom.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi route planner .

Fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
54 Traditions Gallery ©
54 Traditions Gallery
Phuc Loi Shop ©
Phuc Loi Shop

3
nights
Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
Do your shopping at Indigo Cat and Can Cau Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Love Waterfall and Holy Rosary Church Or the Stone Church. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Hieu Stone, wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village, examine the collection at Sapa Culture Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sapa route website .

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Sapa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Sapa

Shopping Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Indigo Cat ©
Indigo Cat
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall
Giang Ta Chai Village ©
Giang Ta Chai Village

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
On the 9th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at People's Committee Building.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Ho Chi Minh City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. June in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Shopping Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Saigon Boat Company ©
Saigon Boat Company
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Dong Khoi Street ©
Dong Khoi Street

1
night
Da Lat, Vietnam

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Da Lat are 96°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Lat

Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Linh Phuoc Pagoda ©
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Chùa Tàu - Thiên Vương Cổ Sát ©

4
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.
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and Ha Ha - Art In Everything will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Rubin Cloth Shop and Hoa Nang Sunny Cloth Shop. Spend the 14th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, look for gifts at NONY SHOP, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien).

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Da Lat to Hoi An in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. June in Hoi An sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
Highlights from your plan
Non Nuoc Beach ©
Non Nuoc Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bibi Silk ©
Bibi Silk

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Relax by the water at Big Wave Bay Beach and Tai Long Wan. Head to Stanley, Hong Kong and Tsim Sha Tsuifor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Clear Water Bay Second Beach, wander the streets of Sai Kung, contemplate the waterfront views at Repulse Bay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hong Kong by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Hoi An to Hong Kong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Hoi An, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tai Long Wan ©
Tai Long Wan
Repulse Bay Beach ©
Repulse Bay Beach
Sai Wan Pavilion ©
Sai Wan Pavilion

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