56 days in Asia Itinerary

56 days in Asia Itinerary

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56 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
New Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
train:  3​h
11
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
13
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
14
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
15
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
16
Bagan, Myanmar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  22​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

5
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Temple of Heaven has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Museum-lovers will appreciate Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and The Palace Museum. Take a break from Beijing with a short trip to Baili Canyon Resort in Laishui County, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, look and learn at Beijing Planetarium, and don't miss a visit to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beijing route maker site .

Manchester, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Beijing is 8 hours. In September, Beijing is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Baili Canyon Resort
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

2
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), then walk around Fuxing Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toSeoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Grevin Museum, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, then take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and finally examine the collection at Love Museum. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History, then take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, and finally wander the streets of Insadong.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul route planning site .

Fly from Shanghai to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in September, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Grevin Museum ©
Grevin Museum
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallasan Mountain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, then delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple, and finally walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jeju journey app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jeju: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hallasan Mountain ©
Hallasan Mountain
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 13th (Fri), examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Busan, then kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dadaepo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Gimhae National Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Busan planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Gimhae National Museum
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Pola Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)), The Railway Museum (in Omiya) and Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, wander the streets of Marunouchi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner.

You can fly from Busan to Tokyo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Rice Terraces, Pola Museum of Art, The Railway Museum
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

6
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nara Park and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Nara (Nara National Museum & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Pontocho, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Mimurotoji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Hikone Castle
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
New Taipei, Taiwan

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and then take a stroll through Ximending.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the New Taipei tour app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to New Taipei in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kyoto to New Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: high temperatures in New Taipei hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in New Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ximending
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Ximending
Ximending

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 Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Quan Lan Beach. Spend the 1st (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, explore the galleries of Tired City Bao Khanh, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Taipei to Hanoi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Hue, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thuan An Beach ©
Thuan An Beach
Thai Hoa Palace ©
Thai Hoa Palace

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mỹ Sơn and Ha Ha - Art In Everything. Escape the urban bustle at Hai Van Pass and An Bang Beach. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Da Nang, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, steep yourself in history at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoi An online day trip planner .

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Da Nang, Hai Van Pass, Mỹ Sơn
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
An Bang Beach ©
An Bang Beach
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 7th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Beijing to Phnom Penh in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Beijing to Phnom Penh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Phnom Penh: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. You'll set off for Siem Reap on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Wat Phnom ©
Wat Phnom

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beng Mealea and Preah Khan. Popular historic sites such as Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat are in your itinerary. Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seng English Speaking Tuk Tuk & Car Driver, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap attractions planner .

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall. Visit Wat Pho and Wat Chaiwatthanaram for their historical value. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi) and Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya Ruins, Wat Phanan Choeng, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, and see the interesting displays at Chatuchak Flower Market.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bangkok road trip planning tool .

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Bangkok are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Bang Saen Beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Thai Elephant Home and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park in Mae Rim--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, identify plant and animal life at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, and explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Thai Elephant Home
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyathadar Hpaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabodhi Paya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lemyethna Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bagan planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bagan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mahabodhi Paya ©
Mahabodhi Paya
Lemyethna Temple ©
Lemyethna Temple

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