19 days in Asia Itinerary

19 days in Asia Itinerary

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19 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Taichung, Taiwan
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
5
Medan, Indonesia
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Jakarta, Indonesia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Marunouchi. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): wander the streets of Gion, take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 7th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Confucius Temple and then hunt for treasures at Ningxia Night Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and train from Osaka to Taipei in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Taipei, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

1
night
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland, and then make a trip to Dajia Jenn Lann Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Taichung travel planner.

You can drive from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Taipei in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Taichung, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Medan.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science
Dajia Jenn Lann Temple ©
Dajia Jenn Lann Temple

1
day
Medan, Indonesia

Medan
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Medan trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taichung to Medan. The time zone difference when traveling from Taichung to Medan is minus 1 hour. In December, Medan is somewhat warmer than Taichung - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jakarta.

Things to do in Medan

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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1
night
Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta ©
The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Istiqlal Mosque and then examine the collection at National Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jakarta holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medan to Jakarta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Jakarta are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Jakarta

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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National Museum ©
National Museum
Istiqlal Mosque ©
Istiqlal Mosque

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Asian Civilisations Museum. You'll explore and learn at Images of Singapore LIVE and Madame Tussauds Singapore. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, examine the collection at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens by the Bay, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Singapore Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Singapore custom trip planner.

Getting from Jakarta to Singapore by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jakarta to Singapore. December in Singapore sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jim Thompson House and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) and Vimanmek Mansion will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Saket, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute).

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Singapore to Bangkok in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Bangkok. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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