53 days in Asia Itinerary

53 days in Asia Itinerary

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53 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Suzhou, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
6
Vientiane, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
9
Bagan, Myanmar
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
10
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dublin to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 8:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Beijing trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Beijing takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Beijing due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kyoto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
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), appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in panoramic vistas at Jin Mao Tower.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Beijing, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

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

3
nights
Suzhou, China

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Jiashan County (Xitang Ancient Town & Huanxiu Bridge). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Suzhou trip maker site.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jiashan County, Wuzhen Water Town
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

2
nights
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, then pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Muang, snap pictures at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, then walk around Buddha Park, then take an in-depth tour of Lao National History Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vientiane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Suzhou to Vientiane in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Suzhou to Vientiane due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Vientiane are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

4
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, make a trip to Vat Visounarath, and stop by Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang route builder app.

You can fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
MandaLao Elephant Conservation ©
MandaLao Elephant Conservation
Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

2
nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the history behind Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, then pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sule Pagoda. On the next day, walk around Kandawgyi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Botahtaung Pagoda, then hunt for treasures at Bogyoke Aung San Market, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Retroretro.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yangon (Rangoon) travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Yangon (Rangoon) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha
Sule Pagoda ©
Sule Pagoda

3
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Bagan is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Bagan Temples, make a trip to Thet Kya Muni, steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sulamani Guphaya Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bagan trip maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Skinny Buddha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwenandaw Monastery, and finally get great views at Mandalay Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mandalay Palace, then take in the views from U Bein Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bagaya Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamuni Image.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mandalay travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Mandalay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites

Side Trip

U Bein Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Mandalay Hill ©
Mandalay Hill

5
nights
Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Dhaka City ©
One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Dhaka City is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Lalbag Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goaldi Mosque, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, and gain insight at Shahid Minar.

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

You can fly from Mandalay to Dhaka City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mandalay to Dhaka City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lalbag Fort ©
Lalbag Fort
National Parliament House ©
National Parliament House
Star Mosque (Tara Masjid) ©
Star Mosque (Tara Masjid)

4
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, and make a trip to Choki Traditional Art School.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Thimphu online trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Dhaka City to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan ©
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang

3
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, and cruise along Chele La Pass.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paro visit planner.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Paro are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

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