29 days in Asia Itinerary

29 days in Asia Itinerary

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29 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing vacation builder site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Beijing is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Beijing, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Beijing reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

5
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Suzhou to see Humble Administrator's Garden about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and don't miss a visit to Jin Mao Tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in September since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Humble Administrator's Garden
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip maker site .

You can fly from Shanghai to Taipei in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in October; daily highs in Taipei reach 32°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

New Taipei
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in October, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Ryoanji Temple & Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, and stop by Ashi.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Siem Reap takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Osaka to Siem Reap. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in October: high temperatures in Siem Reap hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Spas
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kathmandu trip builder app .

Fly from Siem Reap to Kathmandu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Nepal Time (NPT) is minus 1 hour. In October, Kathmandu is slightly colder than Siem Reap - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Helicopter Tours
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa

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