18 days in Asia Itinerary

18 days in Asia Itinerary

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18 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  14​h 30​min
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, get a taste of the local shopping with The Tsukiji Market, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Halong Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Tokyo to Halong Bay takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Halong Bay, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
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.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, sightseeing, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trai Mit).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and train from Halong Bay to Bangkok takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Spas
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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
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 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Banteay Kdei and then delve into the distant past at Beng Mealea.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siem Reap itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea
Terrace of the Leper King ©
Terrace of the Leper King
Banteay Kdei ©
Banteay Kdei

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Go for a jaunt from Patong to Chalong to see Phuket Big Buddha about 46 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Patong Beach, stop by NEW ERA'S VIENNA, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and get great views at Karon View Point.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Patong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Patong, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Karon, Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

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