60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

City of Sails

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.
Dedicate the 11th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: make a trip to SkyTower, head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

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Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in January, expect Auckland to be much warmer, temps between 22°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk, Milford Sound, &more). On the 17th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown route planning app.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 31st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly to Denpasar.
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Denpasar, Indonesia — 6 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denpasar: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud), Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). The adventure continues: cool off at Waterbom Bali, stroll through Mason Elephant Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Samasta Lifestyle Village, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denpasar trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Denpasar in 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Denpasar, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Denpasar is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 4 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong), Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Phuket Elephant Park (in Pa Khlok). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Bangla Road.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Patong road trip planning tool.

Getting from Denpasar to Patong by flight takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Denpasar to Patong, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok day trip planning website.

Fly from Patong to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Bangkok are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand — 4 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bangkok in February, Chiang Mai is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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 22nd (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Chiang Mai in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Ho Chi Minh City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoi An road trip planning website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, with highs in Hoi An at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 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.
On the 28th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Kyoto.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and visit Gion.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Kyoto in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Sojiji (in Nishitokyo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

Planning Tokyo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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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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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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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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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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