22 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

22 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

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22 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
+2
foot + Fly + train:  18​h 15​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + foot + ferry:  9​h 15​min
3
Boracay, Philippines
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
El Nido, Philippines
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + ferry:  12​h 15​min
5
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  17​h
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanjusangendo Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Kyoto is 9 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in August, with highs in Kyoto at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Miyajima, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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1
night
Boracay, Philippines

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and then see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at White Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diniwid Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilig Iligan Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Boracay trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Boracay takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Philippines Time (PHT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Boracay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach
White Beach ©
White Beach

3
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Visit Seven Commando Beach and Hidden Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Las Cabanas Beach and Big Lagoon. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and stroll through Nacpan Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the El Nido online itinerary planner .

Getting from Boracay to El Nido by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando Beach
Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Maya Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Nido to Ko Phi Phi Don. In August in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Viking Cave ©
Viking Cave

2
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut ©
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and then stop by Classic International Suits. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chaweng Beach, identify plant and animal life at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Maenam Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bophut day trip app .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Bophut by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Phi Phi Don in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 31°C in Bophut. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Maenam Beach
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Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary

3
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Visit Thong Nai Pan Noi and Salad Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bottle Beach and Spas. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi, stroll through Ao Plai Laem, and kick back and relax at Haad Yuan Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ko Pha Ngan road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Tom's Fashion and Chatuchak Weekend Market. Wat Pho and Jim Thompson House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Big Buddha Temple (in Pattaya) and Ayutthaya (Wat Mahathat & Historic City of Ayutthaya). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bangkok tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Big Buddha Temple
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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