29 days in South India, Thailand & Japan Itinerary

29 days in South India, Thailand & Japan Itinerary

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29 days in South India, Thailand & Japan Itinerary

Start: Doncaster, United Kingdom
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Kannur, India
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  9​h 30​min
2
Rameswaram, India
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h
3
Pattaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Hakodate, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  23​h
End: Doncaster, United Kingdom


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3
nights
Kannur, India

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Visit Thottada Beach and Azhikkal Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ettikulam Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Payyambalam Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at KIzhunna Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kannur route tool .

Doncaster, UK to Kannur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doncaster to Kannur, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Azhikode
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

1
night
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agnitheertham, and finally kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rameswaram vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kannur to Rameswaram in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary

4
nights
Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm and Art in Paradise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Ko Samae San and Hat Toei Ngam. Take a break from Pattaya with a short trip to Nang Ram Beach in Sattahip, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jomtien Beach, head off the coast to Koh Lan (Coral Island), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pattaya Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pattaya trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rameswaram to Pattaya. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rameswaram to Pattaya. In February, daytime highs in Pattaya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Pattaya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sattahip
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Jomtien Beach ©
Jomtien Beach
Ko Samae San ©
Ko Samae San
Art in Paradise Pattaya ©
Art in Paradise Pattaya

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nai Thon Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surin Beach and Nai Harn Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Wat Chalong (in Chalong), Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) (in Krabi Town) and Poda Island (in Ao Nang). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Patong road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Pattaya to Patong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Krabi Town, Nai Harn Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), Scuba & Snorkeling
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Thon Beach ©
Nai Thon Beach
Surin Beach ©
Surin 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chiang Man. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Doi Inthanon and Thai Elephant Home. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Maesa Elephant Camp (in Mae Rim). On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Patong in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Chiang Mai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Maesa Elephant Camp, Thai Elephant Home
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Thai Elephant Home ©
Thai Elephant Home
Wat Chiang Man ©
Wat Chiang Man
Maesa Elephant Camp ©
Maesa Elephant Camp

1
night
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then steep yourself in history at Former Glover House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa and then head off the coast to Hashima Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Chiang Mai to Nagasaki in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in February; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 12°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Glover House and Office ©
Glover House and Office
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum ©
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum

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nights
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Take a break from the city and head to Hakodate Nanae Snow Park and Dosanko Farm Hakodate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shiriyazaki and Goryokaku Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Onuma Park Walking Path (in Nanae-cho), Old Nakamura Residence (in Esashi-cho) and Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats (in Higashidori-mura). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Motomachi, contemplate the long history of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hakodate by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in February; daily highs in Hakodate reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Higashidori-mura, Old Nakamura Residence
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

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