44 days in Asia Itinerary

44 days in Asia Itinerary

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44 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Vientiane, Laos
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
9
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, and stroll around Banpo Hangang Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul online travel route planner .

Paris, France to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Seoul is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as 798 Art Zone and PAPP'S TEA. Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), examine the collection at The Palace Museum, stroll through Temple of Heaven, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Beijing online travel planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Seoul to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to 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

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Humble Administrator's Garden and Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Suzhou to see Jinji Lake about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, walk around Fuxing Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Shanghai. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Suzhou
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Jinji Lake ©
Jinji Lake
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Macao Museum and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Visit Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dragon's Back, step off the mainland to explore Lamma Island, kick back and relax at Repulse Bay, and walk around Kowloon Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong road trip website .

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Macau
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Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) ©
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back

5
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ba Vi National Park and Tired City Hang Bong. Visit Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for their historical value. On the 18th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi trip maker site .

Getting from Hong Kong to Hanoi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Tired City Hang Bong ©
Tired City Hang Bong
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Lao Textile Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Vientiane Orchidees and Santisuk Lang Xang Golf Club. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, don't miss a visit to Patuxai, and admire all the interesting features of Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vientiane tour builder site .

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Vientiane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Vientiane, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Vientiane

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:
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Vientiane Orchidees ©
Vientiane Orchidees
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Kbal Spean. Get a sense of the local culture at Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Koulen National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, don't miss a visit to Jayav Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of the Dead.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Siem Reap holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Siem Reap takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Beng Mealea ©
Beng Mealea

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Visit Wat Pho and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya Ruins, Wat Mahathat, & more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, explore the historical opulence of Vimanmek Mansion, look for all kinds of wild species at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Chaiwatthanaram ©
Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet ©
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Batu Caves and Thean Hou Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya (Putra Mosque & IOI City Mall). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, get your bearings at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kinokuniya Book Stores.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Putrajaya, Batu Caves
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
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Suria KLCC Mall ©
Suria KLCC Mall
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves

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 historical perspective at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Kranji War Memorial. Do some cultural sightseeing at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple. When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Skyline Luge Sentosa in Sentosa Island, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, identify plant and animal life at MacRitchie Nature Trail, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Helix Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Singapore trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Singapore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Skyline Luge Sentosa
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
Kranji War Memorial ©
Kranji War Memorial

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