54 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

54 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  12 h
2
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Helicopter:  15 min
3
Macau, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  19 h 15 min
6
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
11
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
12
Jakarta, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
13
Dili, East Timor
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 45 min
14
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

9
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney route maker tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong road trip app.

You can fly from Sydney to Hong Kong in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, Hong Kong is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to do a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Macau, China

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Macau is known for historic sites, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's, contemplate the long history of Po Tai Un Monastery, explore the world behind art at Macau Museum of Art, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kun Iam Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Macau trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of from Hong Kong to Macau in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Macao Museum ©
Macao Museum
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) ©
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Macau to Beijing takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
On the 25th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Kaeson Youth Park, contemplate the long history of Tanjun Mausoleum, thendon't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, thenpause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch, and finally appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyongyang trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Pyongyang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Pyongyang. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kaeson Youth Park ©
Kaeson Youth Park
Geumsusan Memorial Palace ©
Geumsusan Memorial Palace
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Ulaanbaatar is known for museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Four Holy Peaks, stop by Mongolian Quilting Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aryabal Meditation Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pyongyang to Ulaanbaatar takes 22 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pyongyang Time (KST) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) is minus 1 hour. January in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of -17°C and lows of -36°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Mongolian Quilting Centre ©
Mongolian Quilting Centre
976 Art Gallery ©
976 Art Gallery

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Paju (DMZ Haemaru Village & Heyri Art Village). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, take a stroll through Insadong, and steep yourself in history at Deoksugung.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Seoul journey planner.

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Seoul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in January; daily highs in Seoul reach 1°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Paju
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Ruifang (Lao Zhen Xiang Bakery & Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, visit Ximending, don't miss a visit to U-mkt, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taipei Zoo.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Taipei online route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Taipei in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in February, things will get much hotter in Taipei: highs are around 23°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Taipei
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Tokyo takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Taipei, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, approximately Sentosa Island away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, and stop by Chinatown.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Singapore route planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Singapore in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Singapore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect Singapore to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Manila.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo

2
nights
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Get out of town with these interesting Manila side-trips: Myth of the Human Body (in Pasay) and Spas (in San Juan). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Filipino Intramuros, make a trip to Urban Greens Hydroponic Farm Systems, stroll around Rizal Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Manila takes 7.5 hours. February in Manila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Jakarta.

Things to do in Manila

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Makati, Myth of the Human Body, Spas
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Filipino Intramuros ©
Museo Filipino Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park

2
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Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Istiqlal Mosque, pause for some photo ops at National Monument (MONAS), thenget a sense of history and politics at Balai Kota DKI Jakarta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Azhar Grand Mosque. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Anak Krakatau Nature Reserve, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Baitul Ihsan Mosque, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jakarta trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Manila to Jakarta by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Jakarta is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Jakarta can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Dili.

Things to do in Jakarta

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Monument (MONAS) ©
National Monument (MONAS)
Istiqlal Mosque ©
Istiqlal Mosque

1
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Dili, East Timor

Dili ©
When East Timor declared itself independent from Indonesia in 2002, the small town of Dili took center stage as the nation's capital.
On the 22nd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Chega! Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at Comarca Balide Prison, thenpause for some photo ops at Cristo Rei, and finally shop like a local with Things and Stories. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Archives & Museum of East Timorese Resistance, visit Tais Market, and then take an in-depth tour of Old Ai Pelo Prison.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Dili travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Jakarta to Dili takes 8.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Dili due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Dili

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old Ai Pelo Prison
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Cristo Rei ©
Cristo Rei
Old Ai Pelo Prison ©
Old Ai Pelo Prison

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Batu Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur trip app.

Traveling by flight from Dili to Kuala Lumpur takes 13 hours. Traveling from Dili to Kuala Lumpur, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Batu Caves
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

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