32 days in Asia Itinerary

32 days in Asia Itinerary

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32 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City, United States
Fly:  22​h
1
Lhasa, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly + train:  1​h 45​min
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
6
Pakse, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
7
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
8
Agra, India
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  13​h 45​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Salt Lake City, United States

2
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, then get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary planning app .

Salt Lake City, USA to Lhasa is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in December: highs in Lhasa hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

3
nights
New Delhi, India

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, contemplate the long history of India Gate, then stop by LUV INDIYA CONCEPTS, and finally hunt for treasures at Chandni Chowk. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Mall.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planner .

Fly from Lhasa to New Delhi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lhasa to New Delhi. Traveling from Lhasa in December, expect New Delhi to be much hotter, temps between 74°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dhaka City.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

1
night
Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Dhaka City ©
One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the range of quality goods at Aarong, wander the streets of Nilket, then take in the history at Lalbag Fort, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bangladesh National Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dhaka City online trip builder .

Getting from New Delhi to Dhaka City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Dhaka City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Bangladesh National Museum ©
Bangladesh National Museum
Lalbag Fort ©
Lalbag Fort
Aarong ©
Aarong

1
night
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Bogyoke Aung San Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwedagon Pagoda.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yangon (Rangoon) route planner .

You can fly from Dhaka City to Yangon (Rangoon) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Myanmar Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha
Bogyoke Aung San Market ©
Bogyoke Aung San Market

3
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.
Visit Wat Pho and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) for their historical value. Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Mango Mojito Shoesfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, take a stroll through Chinatown - Bangkok, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pakse.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

3
nights
Pakse, Laos

Pakse ©
Resting at the meeting point of the Se Don and Mekong rivers, Pakse provides the ideal starting point from which to begin your discovery of southern Laos.
Get in touch with nature at Bolaven Plateau and Tad Yuang Waterfalls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Phu and Si Phan Don. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pakse: Tad Fane (in Paksong), Champasak Town (Don Daeng Island & Chez Maman) and Tad Pha Suam Waterfall (in Ba Chiang). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Bolaven Plateau Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at Phou Asa Mountain, make a trip to Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, and take in the views from Lao Nippon Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pakse trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bangkok to Pakse. In January, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pakse

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champasak Town, Bolaven Plateau Waterfalls, Si Phan Don, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall, Bolaven Plateau
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Bolaven Plateau ©
Bolaven Plateau
Wat Phu ©
Wat Phu
Si Phan Don ©
Si Phan Don

5
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.
Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Bhadrakali Temple for their historical value. Head to himalayan arts gallery p.ltd and Universal Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kathmandu online visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pakse to Kathmandu. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Kathmandu is much colder than Pakse - with highs of 65°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Patan (Lalitpur)
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

2
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Agra Art Gallery, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then don't miss a visit to Agra Fort. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Shahin Arts, examine the collection at Taj Museum, then see the interesting displays at Spiritual Museum, then explore the galleries of Taj Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Agra journey builder .

Do a combination of flight and train from Kathmandu to Agra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Agra, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Spiritual Museum ©
Spiritual Museum

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.
Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Asakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and gear up at Kimono Me.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Tokyo takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Agra to Tokyo, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Agra in January, with highs in Tokyo at 50°F and lows at 35°F. On the 18th (Sat), you're off toBusan.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Gallery 604for some retail therapy. Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, examine the collection at Busan Museum, and make a trip to Solbat Art Village.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Busan visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Busan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Busan hover around 44°F and lows are around 27°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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