28 days in Singapore, Patong & East Asia Itinerary

28 days in Singapore, Patong & East Asia Itinerary

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28 days in Singapore, Patong & East Asia Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Bus + Fly:  16 h
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  17 h 45 min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer and then get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, then take a stroll through Chinatown, then appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Singapore trip itinerary planning website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Singapore is an approximately 16- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Wellington to Singapore. In December, Singapore is much hotter than Wellington - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

6
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Black rock viewpoint (in Karon), Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). The adventure continues: make a trip to Patong Beach, look for gifts at Hillfiger Fashion, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Green Elephant Sanctuary Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Patong trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Singapore to Patong by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Patong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Rawai, Karon, Green Elephant Sanctuary Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Patong to Hong Kong by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Patong to Hong Kong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Patong in December, with highs in Hong Kong at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

2
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shanghai travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, explore by horseback at Jeju Tourist Horse Riding, and identify plant and animal life at Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jeju vacation planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Jeju by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Jeju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Handam Coastal Trail ©
Handam Coastal Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take a stroll through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jishu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Kyoto in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, and stroll around Namsan Park.

Plan my day in Seoul using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace