60 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia
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Patong, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 7th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and have fun at Authentic Bat Trang.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Hanoi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Hoi An.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 3 nights

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Gold Coast, Australia — 1 night

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Gold Coast takes 14.5 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hoi An to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hoi An in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gold Coast, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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Sydney, Australia — 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Elysian Rock Lookout (in Leura). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning site.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Auckland by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, Lake Te Anau, &more). On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 3rd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Getting from Queenstown to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Patong.
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Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:

Patong, Thailand — 4 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, make a trip to Patong Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Patong planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Patong in 11.5 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Patong due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Patong hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 10th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2 nights

Charming City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stop by Blonde, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Phnom Penh road trip planning app.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. February in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Siem Reap.
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Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 6 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap trip planning site.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Luang Prabang.
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Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 5 nights

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.
Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, admire the striking features of Wat Xiengthong, and look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Siem Reap in February since evenings lows in Luang Prabang dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chiang Mai.
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Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 4 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang). Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Chiang Mai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
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Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip planning tool.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chiang Mai in February since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.
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