52 days in Asia Itinerary

52 days in Asia Itinerary

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52 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Bagerhat, Bangladesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kuakata, Bangladesh
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
9
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
car:  10​h
10
Kuta, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Ubud, Indonesia
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + ferry:  12​h
12
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 15​min
13
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
14
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

4
nights
Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Dhaka City ©
One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Panam Nagar and Ramakrishna Mission. Visiting Road To BD and Alutila Cave will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Lalbag Fort, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baitul Mukarram Mosque, and admire the sheer force of Richhang Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dhaka City trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to Dhaka City is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cardiff to Dhaka City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cox's Bazar.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Alutila Cave, Richhang Falls, Panam Nagar
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Baitul Mukarram Mosque ©
Baitul Mukarram Mosque
Lalbag Fort ©
Lalbag Fort
Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque ©
Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque

2
nights
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar ©
The resort town of Cox's Bazar boasts what could easily be the longest natural sea beach in the world, offering plenty of room for relaxation and water sports, with surfing particularly popular with international and domestic tourists.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Himchori Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Inani Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to 100 Feet Buddha and then stroll through Sonadia Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cox's Bazar tour builder site .

Getting from Dhaka City to Cox's Bazar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Bagerhat.

Things to do in Cox's Bazar

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Himchori Waterfall ©
Himchori Waterfall
Sonadia Island ©
Sonadia Island
Inani Beach ©
Inani Beach

2
nights
Bagerhat, Bangladesh

Bagerhat ©
Bagerhat Sadar is an Upazila of Bagerhat District in the Division of Khulna, Bangladesh. On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shaat Gombuj Mosque, admire the striking features of Shaat Gombuj Masjid, and then identify plant and animal life at Sundarban.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bagerhat trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Cox's Bazar to Bagerhat in 16 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will leave for Kuakata on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Bagerhat

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Shaat Gombuj Mosque ©
Shaat Gombuj Mosque
Shaat Gombuj Masjid ©
Shaat Gombuj Masjid

1
night
Kuakata, Bangladesh

Kuakata ©
On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kuakata Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kuakata trip tool .

You can drive from Bagerhat to Kuakata in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Kuakata

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kuakata Beach ©
Kuakata Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thai Elephant Home and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Pan Tao. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang), Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). Spend the 23rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, have some family-friendly fun at Chiangmai Speedkart, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Suan Dok, and explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kuakata to Chiang Mai. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuakata to Chiang Mai is 1 hour. July in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Thai Elephant Home, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chua Tran Quoc and Old Quarter. Temple of Literature & National University and Tired City Bao Khanh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 30th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 1st (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach.

Plan a Hanoi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chua Tran Quoc ©
Chua Tran Quoc

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mỹ Sơn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Go for a jaunt from Hoi An to Hue to see Bach Ma National Park about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, stroll through An Bang Beach, and view the masterpieces at Ha Ha - Art In Everything.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An trip planner .

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mỹ Sơn, The Marble Mountains, Bach Ma National Park
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An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Visiting Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) and Bang Saen Beach will get you outdoors. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, Wat Phanan Choeng, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok trip builder site .

Fly from Hoi An to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Bang Saen Beach
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Big Buddha Phuket and Patong Mosque. Visit Wat Mongkol Nimit and Jui Tui Shrine for their historical value. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Phuket Town, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Patong trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Mai Khao Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Kuta, Indonesia

Kuta
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Visiting Blue Point Beach and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Padangbai), Luhur Batukaru Temple (in Penebel) and Taman Ayun Temple (in Mengwi). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, kick back and relax at Balangan Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dreamland Beach, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuta trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Patong to Kuta takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Patong to Kuta. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ubud.

Things to do in Kuta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tinkers Toy Shop, Tanah Lot Temple, Blue Point Beach, Uluwatu Temple, Taman Ayun Temple
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Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach

5
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Popular historic sites such as Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple and Tirta Empul Temple are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Cucukan Beach and Saba Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ubud to Tegalalang to see Elephant Safari Park about 38 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ubud driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kuta to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Ubud

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tegalalang, Blahbatuh, Tirta Empul Temple
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Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple ©
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple

2
nights
Male, Maldives

Male ©
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Get in touch with nature at HP Reef and Artificial Beach. Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) and Grand Friday Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hulhumale (Hulhumale Mosque & Hulhumale Beach). There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Banana Reef, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stroll around Sultan Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Male visit planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Ubud to Male in 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ubud to Male. In August in Male, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Male

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hulhumale, Banana Reef, HP Reef
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Banana Reef ©
Banana Reef
HP Reef ©
HP Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Angolo Souvenir shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Plan my trip to Maafushi Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Male to Maafushi Island. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 28th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy vacation builder site .

Getting from Maafushi Island to Kandy by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

4
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Minneriya National Park and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Popular historic sites such as Medirigiriya Vatadage and Habarana Buddhist Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Polonnaruwa Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Safaris). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dambulla travel route site .

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage

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