42 days in Asia Itinerary

42 days in Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Xi'an, China
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Chengdu, China
— 2 nights
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Kunming, China
— 1 night
Train to Nanning, Bus to Hanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
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Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Jakarta, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Manila, Philippines
— 1 night
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Beijing, China

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Beijing tour itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Beijing, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Beijing at 3°C and lows at -10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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Xi'an, China

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Find out how to plan Xi'an trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In January in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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Chengdu, China

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chengdu travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in January, expect Chengdu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kunming.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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Kunming, China

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunming tour planner.

Fly from Chengdu to Kunming in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in January, you will find days in Kunming are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi road trip tool.

You can fly from Kunming to Hanoi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kunming to Hanoi. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pearl of the Far East

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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Charming City

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.
For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phnom Penh online trip planner.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In January in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi and pick up some local products at The Morning Market.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Luang Prabang in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Luang Prabang is a bit cooler than Phnom Penh - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

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Vientiane, Laos

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vientiane road trip planning site.

You can fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Vientiane

Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

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Bangkok, Thailand

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Discover how to plan a Bangkok trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Vientiane to Bangkok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Vientiane in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bangkok, with lows around 26°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Garden City of Lights

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.
For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur online route planner.

Fly from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Jakarta.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Big Durian

The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jakarta travel route planner.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Jakarta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bandar Seri Begawan.

Things to do in Jakarta

Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

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The capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a variety of entertainment in a modern Islamic setting.
To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bandar Seri Begawan day trip planner.

Fly from Jakarta to Bandar Seri Begawan in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Bandar Seri Begawan is 1 hour. January in Bandar Seri Begawan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Manila.

Things to do in Bandar Seri Begawan

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

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Manila, Philippines

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manila trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Manila takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaohsiung online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Manila to Kaohsiung in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Manila in February; daily highs in Kaohsiung reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland as well as Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online visit planner.

You can fly from Kaohsiung to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kaohsiung to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kaohsiung in February, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arashiyama, Tofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Miyajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online journey builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

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Tokyo, Japan

Your day by day itinerary now includes Street Kart Shibuya as well as Takeshita Street. On the 9th (Thu), shop like a local with Takeshita Street and then squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Shibuya.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker website.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Cambodia travel guide

3.9
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Laos travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Indonesia travel guide

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Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Brunei Darussalam travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings
A small but wealthy country benefiting hugely from large deposits of petroleum and natural gas, Brunei Darussalam sits on the vital sea routes connecting the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. While business-minded travelers make the trip to Brunei Darussalam to invest in some of Southeast Asia's biggest oil fields, tourists flock here to explore culturally rich cities and biologically diverse wilderness areas. National parks protect old-growth forests and coral reefs, providing a lush playground for intrepid hikers, bird-watchers, and divers. Well-rounded tours of Brunei Darussalam usually begin in Bandar Seri Begawan, a thriving capital city in which majestic mosques and modern museums contrast with a somewhat chaotic water village, where hundreds of private homes seem to float on the surface of the Brunei River.

Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.