24 days in Asia Itinerary

24 days in Asia Itinerary

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24 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
8
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly + train:  1​h 45​min
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  7​h 45​min
12
Boracay, Philippines
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip maker .

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then stroll through Songjeong Beach, and finally shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Busan online trip maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Busan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Busan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songjeong Beach ©
Songjeong Beach

2
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 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Insadong, explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, and then take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, then get great views at N Seoul Tower, and finally shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seoul holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in December, expect Seoul to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Bukchon Hanok Village ©
Bukchon Hanok Village

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 19th (Thu): stop by Yuzhenxin, then buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, then wander the streets of Ximending, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Nightmarket.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Taipei trip planner .

Getting from Seoul to Taipei by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Seoul to Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in December, expect Taipei to be warmer, temps between 23°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market
Ximending
Ximending

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, delve into the distant past at Angkor Thom, explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, then look for gifts at Ashi, and finally make a trip to Pub Street. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Preah Khan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, then explore the ancient world of Pre Rup, then delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Siem Reap tour itinerary site .

Getting from Taipei to Siem Reap by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. In December, Siem Reap is somewhat warmer than Taipei - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ashi ©
Ashi
Spas & Wellness

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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 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Luang Prabang trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Siem Reap in December; daily highs in Luang Prabang reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi
Wat Xieng Thong ©
Wat Xieng Thong

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nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), wander the streets of Old Quarter, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Hanoi

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along Green Season Travel, hunt for treasures at Bogyoke Aung San Market, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Yangon (Rangoon) day trip site .

Getting from Hanoi to Yangon (Rangoon) by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Tours Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Bogyoke Aung San Market
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Green Season Travel ©
Green Season Travel
Bogyoke Aung San Market ©
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda

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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.
Do your shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Khao San Road. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

Before you visit Bangkok, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Tours
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Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Siam Paragon ©
Siam Paragon
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum, don't miss a visit to Central Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace, and finally wander the streets of Bassac Lane.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh trip planning tool .

You can fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Central Market ©
Central Market
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Museums
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Food Tours
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

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nights
Boracay, Philippines

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
You'll get in some beach time at White Beach and Balinghai Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulabog Beach, browse the different shops at E Mall, and head off the coast to Boracay Waters.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Boracay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Boracay in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Boracay. When traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, plan for little chillier days in Boracay, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
White Beach ©
White Beach
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and then take a stroll through Ginza. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Tokyo in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Boracay in January, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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