60 days in Asia Itinerary

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Leh, India
— 4 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly to Phuket, Bus to Patong
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 5 nights
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Thekkady, India
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
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Kozhikode, India
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Leh, India — 4 nights

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Hemis Monastery and Thiksey Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Markha Valley and Saspol Caves will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leh: Alchi Monastery (in Alchi) and Likir Gompa (in Likir). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum, and explore the ancient world of Basgo gompa.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh trip site.

Chennai to Leh is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kathmandu.
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Kathmandu, Nepal — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Boudhanath Stupa and Taleju Bell. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Climbing Tours. Step out of Kathmandu to go to Bhaktapur and see Nyatapola Temple, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Make the 8th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, and stop by Thamel.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kathmandu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Leh to Kathmandu takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Nepal Time is 0.2 hours. July in Kathmandu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 3 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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and National Museum Of China. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple).

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Beijing in 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 July, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 2 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Baek In-je's House are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bukchon Hanok Village and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's lots more to do: stop by Insadong, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Beijing, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hase-dera Temple and Imperial Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba District and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, shop like a local with Ginza, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get outdoors at Hamdeok Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach and Sehwa Beach. Take a break from Jeju with a short trip to Halla Mountain in Seogwipo, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Iho Tewoo Beach, stroll around Sarabong Park, and get outside with Hyeopjae Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jeju road trip app.

You can fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Visit Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Jade Buddha Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Xitang Ancient Town. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Former French Concession, stop by Maoming Road, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get some historical perspective at Ruins of St. Paul's and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Hong Kong Museum of History and Kun Iam Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Macao Museum in Macau (about 1h 20 min away). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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.
Old Quarter and Hoa Lo Prison will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and West Lake. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh, and indulge your taste buds at Vietnam by Vespa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam — 2 nights

Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Get outdoors at Son Doong Cave and U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo). Get out of town with these interesting Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park side-trips: Son Trach (Paradise Cave & Hang Toi (Dark Cave)). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Patong.
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Patong, Thailand — 3 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Popular historic sites such as Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) are in your itinerary. Visit Patong Beach and Kata Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Nai Harn Beach in Nai Harn, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, stroll through Karon Beach, and don't miss a visit to Bangla Road.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Patong takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India — 5 nights

Evergreen City of India

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Get some cultural insight at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Vishnu Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Beemapally Mosque and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, &more), Varkala Town (Anjengo Fort, Kappil Beach, &more) and Chowara Beach (in Chowara). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, don't miss a visit to Aazhimala Siva Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and kick back and relax at Puthenthoppu Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 1.5 hours. In August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thekkady.
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Thekkady, India — 3 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mangala Devi Temple and Mangladevi Temple. Get outdoors at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Persian Paradise Elephant Ride. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Spices Thekkady, and delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady online vacation planner.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin), India — 4 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam and Buddha Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Marari Beach and Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Kodungallur (Kaddipuram Beach & Azhikode Munakkal Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, and steep yourself in history at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kozhikode.
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Kozhikode, India — 2 nights

City of Spices

Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
We've included these beaches for you: Kappad Beach and Payyoli Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Ponnani Juma Masjid (Makkah of Kerala Muslims) and Valayanad Devi Temple. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Kozhikode Beach, wander the streets of S.M. Street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matri Dei Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kozhikode day trip site.

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Kozhikode in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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