25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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25 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Krong Preah Vihear, Cambodia
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
7
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
10
Madurai, India
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
11
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and then take a spin around town with Bike Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City travel route planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phnom. On your second day here, have fun at Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh trip tool .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Krong Preah Vihear.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
day
Krong Preah Vihear, Cambodia

Krong Preah Vihear ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Preah Khan Kompong Svay.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Krong Preah Vihear trip planner.

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Krong Preah Vihear in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Krong Preah Vihear

Historic Sites
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Preah Khan Kompong Svay ©
Preah Khan Kompong Svay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally stroll around Lumpini Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, then explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and then meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Krong Preah Vihear to Bangkok. In December, daytime highs in Bangkok are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Suphan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online route planner .

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bangkok in December since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

3
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 12th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Mandalay Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, then admire the striking features of Shwenandaw Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamuni Image, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bagaya Monastery, then snap pictures at U Bein Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Mandalay Palace.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mandalay trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chiang Mai to Mandalay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

U Bein Bridge
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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Food Tours

2
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, then see Nepal Ascent Treks, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kathmandu trip site .

Traveling by flight from Mandalay to Kathmandu takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kathmandu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Walking tours
Helicopter Tours
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa

2
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of India Gate, then admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan) and then enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online itinerary maker .

You can fly from Kathmandu to New Delhi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Kathmandu in December, expect New Delhi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stop by Kumortuli, learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mother House, then see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, and then see the interesting displays at Mother's Wax Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planner .

Fly from New Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Kolkata (Calcutta). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Tours Shopping
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Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
Walking tours
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall

3
nights
Madurai, India

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Prema Vilas, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, and finally examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

Make your Madurai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Madurai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Madurai, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

3
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church & Negombo Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Madurai to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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