22 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

22 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

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Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  9 h 15 min
3
Boracay, Philippines
— 1 night
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
+3
Ferry + Bus + Fly + Bus:  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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Birmingham, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 19- 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 Birmingham to Kyoto. Traveling from Birmingham in August, things will get warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 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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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
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): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and then see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilig Iligan Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Boracay online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Boracay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hiroshima to Boracay is minus 1 hour. 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) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
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.
Get outdoors at Las Cabanas Beach and Hidden Beach. Visit Seven Commando Beach and Nacpan Beach for some beach relaxation. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Nido online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Boracay to El Nido takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach
Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando 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.
Kick 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. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Ko Phi Phi Le and then take in the dramatic natural features at Viking Cave.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary builder.

Getting from El Nido to Ko Phi Phi Don by combination of flight and ferry takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Nido to Ko Phi Phi Don due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem, and then stop by Classic International Suits. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Chaweng Beach, stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Maenam Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bophut journey planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Bophut takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ko Phi Phi Don in August, Bophut is a bit warmer at night with lows of 31°C. 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.
Relax by the water at Bottle Beach and Salad Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ao Plai Laem. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Haad Yuan Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi, kick back and relax at Thong Nai Pan Noi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bophut to Ko Pha Ngan takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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 Chatuchak Weekend Market and Tom's Fashion. Get some cultural insight at Wat Pho and Jim Thompson House. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That & Historic City of Ayutthaya) and Big Buddha Temple (in Pattaya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Nak Prok, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. 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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