35 days in Asia Itinerary

35 days in Asia Itinerary

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35 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + taxi:  9​h 45​min
5
Hua Hin, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get curious at Kawasaki Robostage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Gion, & more) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

5
nights
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Ho Chi Minh City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Osaka to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Osaka in September, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Dam Sen Water Park ©
Dam Sen Water Park
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Fly Phnom Penh and Skun Spider Sanctuary. Step out of Phnom Penh to go to Kampong Cham and see Wat Moha Leap, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hua Hin.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Wat Moha Leap, Skun Spider Sanctuary
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Fly Phnom Penh ©
Fly Phnom Penh
Kids City ©
Kids City

3
nights
Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin ©
The seaside town of Hua Hin serves as a popular coastal retreat for Bangkok residents and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): cool off at Vana Nava Water Jungle and then kick back and relax at Hua Hin Beach. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Siam Milsim and then stroll through Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hua Hin trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and taxi from Phnom Penh to Hua Hin takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Hua Hin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
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Hua Hin Beach ©
Hua Hin Beach
Vana Nava Water Jungle ©
Vana Nava Water Jungle

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.
Bring the kids along to SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Safari World. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and explore the ancient world of Wat Pho.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok road trip planner .

You can drive from Hua Hin to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Bangkok

Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Safari World ©
Safari World
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

2
nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look and learn at Signal Hill Observatory Platform, then head off the coast to Manukan Island, and then meet the residents at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu online day trip planner .

Fly from Bangkok to Kota Kinabalu in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
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Climbing Tours
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Signal Hill Observatory Platform ©
Signal Hill Observatory Platform

5
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kids will enjoy Sunway Lagoon and Pusat Ikan Hiasan. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaria KLCC, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur takes 4.5 hours. September in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pusat Ikan Hiasan, Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Sunway Lagoon ©
Sunway Lagoon
Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions

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