17 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

17 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Fly:  33​h
1
Niigata, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
4
Phuket Town, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Quito, Ecuador


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3
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Niigata, Japan

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Change things up with these side-trips from Niigata: Yahiko Shrine (in Yahiko-mura) and Mt. Yahiko (in Nagaoka). On the 14th (Tue), spend a day of thorough relaxation at some of the top local onsens. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Niigata Furusatomura, do a tasting at Cave D'occi Winery, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Niigata online journey planner .

Quito, Ecuador to Niigata is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Quito in August: high temperatures in Niigata hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Niigata

Spas Baths Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Yahiko, Yahiko Shrine
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Onsen Resorts
Northern Culture Museum ©
Northern Culture Museum
Mt. Yahiko ©
Mt. Yahiko

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), then look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and finally admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), then explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Bangkok trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Niigata to Bangkok. Traveling from Niigata to Bangkok, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Niigata in August: highs in Bangkok hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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 (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Zipline
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Phuket Town, Thailand

The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jungceylon and Bob Collection. Explore Phuket Town's surroundings by going to Kata Beach (in Kata Beach) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Patong). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, have some family-friendly fun at Phuket Kart, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phuket Big Buddha.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Phuket Town vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Phuket Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Karon, Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

1
night
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), then admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), and finally take a stroll through Khao San Road.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Phuket Town to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Khao San Road ©
Khao San Road

2
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.
On the 24th (Fri), wander the streets of Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and then wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Tokyo in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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