馃嚦馃嚨NEPAL

Poon Hill, NepalYou’ll need to be somewhat fit to tackle the magnificent treks in Nepal, but the reward for all that effort is a front-row view of the world’s highest mountains. Back where the oxygen is less thin are fascinating cities and incredible wildlife-spotting opportunities Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Nepal itinerary:

Luxury Chitwan National Park, Nepal
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 鉁圞athmandu to Pokhara flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) All hotels >
You have a little more time this morning to see any sights you missed out on yesterday before the breathtaking flight to Pokhara. Once you’ve arrived, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hotel for help.
5 馃殨Pokhara to Nayapul taxi
馃毝Nayapul to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. These trekking times allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Birethanti hike
馃殨Birethanti to Pokhara taxi
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 17:00
馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) All hotels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Birethanti and stopping off at Ghandrung village. Back in Pokhara treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殫Pokhara to Bandipur drive (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Depche Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your guide and enjoy the drive to Bandipur. This well-preserved medieval town boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Be wary of the signs of altitude sickness.
10 馃殫Bandipur to Andrauli drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Barahi Jungle Lodge(Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Take a power bank with you on treks and safaris.
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殫Andrauli to Kathmandu drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) All hotels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Kathmandu, Nepal
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 鉁圞athmandu to Pokhara flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
You have a little more time this morning to see any sights you missed out on yesterday before the breathtaking flight to Pokhara. Once you’ve arrived, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hotel for help.
5 馃殨Pokhara to Nayapul taxi
馃毝Nayapul to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. These trekking times allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Naya Pul hike
馃殞Naya Pul to Pokhara bus
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Naya Pul and stopping off at Ghandrung village. At the end of the trek you’ll need to wait for a passing bus back to Pokhara. Back in the city treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殞Pokhara to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Gaun Ghar (Book >) All hotels >
The well-preserved medieval town of Bandipur boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Ask your hotel about transport from Dumre and to book your bus ticket to Sauraha.
10 馃殞Bandipur to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar  to Sauraha bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Green Park Chitwan (Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Ask your Chitwan hotel to collect you from the bus stop.
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殞Sauraha to Kathmandu bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) All hotels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Mount Everest
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣WanderThirst Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 馃殞Kathmandu to Pokhara bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived in Pokhara, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hostel for help.
5 馃殞Pokhara to Nayapul bus
馃毝Nayapul to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. These trekking times allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Naya Pul hike
馃殞Syauli Bazaar to Naya Pul bus
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) All hotels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Naya Pul and stopping off at Ghandrung village. At the end of the trek you’ll need to wait for a passing bus back to Pokhara. Back in Pokhara treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殞Pokhara to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Hotel The North Face (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your guide and enjoy the drive to Bandipur. This well-preserved medieval town boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Ask your hotel about transport from Dumre and to book your bus ticket to Sauraha.
10 馃殞Bandipur to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar  to Sauraha bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Hotel Rhino Land (Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Ask your hostel to collect you from the bus stop.
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殞Sauraha to Kathmandu bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣WanderThirst Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Ask your hostel for help flagging a meter taxi to the airport.
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馃嚠馃嚛INDONESIA

Borobudur, IndonesiaThis busy 18-day itinerary gives travellers an amazing journey through the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. Got some spare days? Spend longer at the beach in Lombok and Bali. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Indonesia itinerary:

Luxury Mount Bromo, Indonesia
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax by the pool in your hotel, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon then visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Hotel Majapahit (Book >) See all hotels >
Built in 1910, your hotel is a part of the history of this city. But make time to get out and see the out-of-place submarine monument. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo train (Book >)
馃殨Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang taxi
Dep: 15:27
Dep: 18:15
Arr: 18:14
Arr: 19:15
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna before travelling to Cemoro Lawang. Keep small denominations of cash on you for food, taxis, drinks etc.
6 Awake before dawn to witness sunrise over the incredible Mount Bromo landscape. Then go on a guided hike over this barren terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!
7 馃殨Bromo to Probolinggo taxi
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk ferry (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran taxi
Dep: 10:00
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Matahari Beach (Book >) All hotels >
Descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. Be prepared for departure times to be unreliable.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殣Pemuteran to Gunung Batur drive (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) All hotels >
After a relaxing morning in your hotel, meet your guide who will drive you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殣Gunung Batur to Ubud drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) All hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before driving on to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai minibus
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar ferry
馃殣Lembar to Mataram minibus (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 11:45
馃彣Hotel Oberoi Lombok (Book >) All hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. Arrive in time for sunset at the beach. You may want to get a taxi to Denpasar and fly to Lombok, which could be faster but much less enjoyable.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, take a horse and cart to Tanjung Village and enjoy the exquisite beach. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殨Mataram to airport taxi (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar flight (Book >)
Dep: 13:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 15:00
Arr: Evening
馃彣The Samaya Seminyak Bali (Book >) All hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Indonesia itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Australia itinerary
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Mid-range Ubud, Indonesia
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax by the pool in your hotel, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon then visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya train (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Hotel Majapahit (Book >) All hotels >
Built in 1910, your hotel is a part of the history of this city. Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo train (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang bus
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided hike over the barren Mount Bromo terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to take a bemo to Probolinggo bus station (Banyuangga).
7 馃殞Bromo to Probolinggo bus station
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk ferry (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran taxi
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Amertha Bali Villas (Book >) All hotels >
Rise early for sunset, then descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殞Pemuteran to Gunung Batur bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) All hotels >
After a relaxing morning in your hotel, wait for a passing bemo to take you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殞Gunung Batur to Ubud bus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) All hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before taking a bemo to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai bus
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar ferry
馃殣Lembar to Senggigi bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 12:00
馃彣Puri Mas Boutique(Book >) All hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. Arrive in time for sunset at the beach. You may want to get a taxi to Denpasar and fly to Lombok, which could be faster but much less enjoyable.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, take a horse and cart to Tanjung Village and enjoy the exquisite beach. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殣Sengiggi to airport transfer (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar flight (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Villa Bali Asri Batubelig (Book >) All hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Indonesia itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Australia itinerary
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Budget Lombok, Indonesia
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Snooze Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax in your hostel and, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon, visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya train (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Krowi Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo train (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang bus
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Cafe Lava Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided hike over the barren Mount Bromo terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to take a bemo to Probolinggo bus station (Banyuangga).
7 馃殞Bromo to Probolinggo bus station
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk ferry (Book >)
馃殞Gilimanuk to Pemuteran bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Bananaleaf (Book >) All hotels >
Rise early for sunset, then descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. In Gilimanuk wait for a bemo going to Pemuteran. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殞Pemuteran to Gunung Batur bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣BlackLava Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Wait for a passing bemo to take you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殞Gunung Batur to Ubud bus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Green Paddy Hostel Villa (Book >) All hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before taking a bemo to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai bus (Book >)
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar ferry (Book >)
馃殞Lembar to
Kuta Lombok bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Pipes Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. You’ll need to wait for a bemo in Lembar port and negotiate the price to Kuta Lombok.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, go surfing and enjoy the exquisite nearby beaches. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殣Kuta Lombok to airport transfer (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar flight (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Indonesia itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Australia itinerary
Soak up the sun before returning home.

馃嚢馃嚟CAMBODIA

Angkor Wat, CambodiaA lot of people visit Cambodia as part of a longer trip, but there’s so many phenomenal sights here that it justifies its own two-week holiday . Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Cambodia itinerary:

Luxury Mekong, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Knai Bang Chatt Resort (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Shinta Mani Angkor (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Mid-range Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Samanea Beach (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Golden Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh bus (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Budget Kep, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel River Dolphin (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Khmer Hands Bungalows (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Lub d(Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 Must-sees here include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Hire a bicycle, take your time and enjoy sedate, peaceful journeys around the site. If you want to go further then a tuk-tuk can be good value (ask the hostel for advice).
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.

馃嚚馃嚦CHINA

Shanghai, ChinaA massive country with a huge population and millennia of history – there’s a whole lot to see in fascinating and friendly China. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your China itinerary:

Luxury Great Wall Of China at Badaling
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Commune By The Great Wall (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Fairmont Peace (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣W Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Golden Summit Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi from Emeishan station to Baogou Temple and from there a bus to Leidong Ping. Here you can ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit and your hotel for the night. Take motion sickness tables for the bus, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 16:54 Arr: 18:15 馃彣The Ritz Carlton (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Golden Summit and hikes nearby, then return to Leidong Ping via cable car and Baogou on the bus. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Niccolo (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00 (call to book). Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Banyan Tree(Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Ask the taxi driver to take the highway and pay them the additional toll fee.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The Upper House (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. If you want to get up to Victoria Peak quickly then hop in a taxi rather than catch the tram.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.
Mid-range Yangshuo, China
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel East (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Delight Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Le M茅ridien Minhang (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hotel Tang Dynasty West Market (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Take bus 5A to Baogou Temple. You’ll then have the rest of the day to hike in the Emei Shan national park. Tonight you’ll stay in a working monastery which, whilst perhaps not the most comfortable experience, will certainly be memorable. Take motion sickness tables for the bus to Leidong Ping, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Shimao Yuluxe (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to Leidong Ping then ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit Return to Baoguo to collect your bags and head to the station. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00 (call to book). Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Yangshuo Mountain Nest (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Ask the taxi driver to take the highway and pay them the additional toll fee.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The T (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. If you want to get up to Victoria Peak quickly then hop in a taxi rather than catch the tram.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.
Budget Hong Kong
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Beijing Downtown Travelotel (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Great Wall Cao鈥橲 Courtyard Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Take either metro line 4 to Beigongmen station or 10 to Bagou station and visit the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣The Phoenix (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train  (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hantang Inn (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Take bus 5A to Baogou Temple. You’ll then have the rest of the day to hike in the Emei Shan national park. Tonight you’ll stay in a working monastery which, whilst perhaps not the most comfortable experience, will certainly be memorable. Take motion sickness tables for the bus to Leidong Ping, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Xishu Garden Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to Leidong Ping then ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit Return to Baoguo to collect your bags and head to the station. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Only Cafe And Backpacker (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise (book here) along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00. Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight  (Book >)
馃殞Guilin to Yangshuo bus
Dep: Morning
Dep: 13:30/15:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 14:50/16:50
馃彣The Stone Bridge Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Buy shuttle bus tickets from the ticket offices near the airport bus stops.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣Wontonmeen (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. Many Hong Kong museums are free to enter on Wednesdays.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.

馃嚥馃嚲MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…Malaysia is amazing value for money. We’ve also added a trip to unmissable Borneo at the end, should you have the time to fully explore this country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary:

Luxury Tanah Rata, Malaysia
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣The Majestic (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive early evening so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 馃殣Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Mutiara Taman Negara (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided trek into the jungle. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a longer guided hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 馃殞Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 馃殞Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
馃殨Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown taxi
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

馃彣The Edison (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Taxis on Penang rarely have working metres (or so they claim) so be sure to check the price before leaving.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Ask your hotel to help arrange taxis – it may be best to stick with one operator for your whole stay.
10 鉀达笍Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣The Datai (Book >) All hotels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. Your hotel’s beach offers one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit. If you’re visiting in monsoon season then Pulau Payar Marine Park offers the best snorkelling visibility.
14 鉁圠angkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Cove 55 (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. Airport to hotel taxi ride should take 45 mins.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, hike up Mount Santubong with a guide…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 鉁圞uching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Relax at your resort and plan out the next couple of days Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 鉁圞ota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Langkawi, Malaysia
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Mov (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive early evening so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 馃殣Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 17:00
馃彣Tebing Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a sundowner on the banks of the river. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a long hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 馃殞Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 馃殞Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
馃殨Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown taxi
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

馃彣Areca Penang (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Taxis on Penang rarely have working metres (or so they claim) so be sure to check the price before leaving.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Ask your hotel to help arrange taxis – it may be best to stick with one operator for your whole stay.
10 鉀达笍Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣Berjaya Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit, or Pulau Payar Marine Park offers great snorkelling. Taxis on the island are quite expensive and there is no public transport.
14 鉁圠angkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Imperial Riverbank (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. The Kuching hotel is a cheap 25-min taxi ride away from the airport.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, wander around the bustling markets…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 鉁圞uching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Eden54 (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 鉁圞ota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Orangutan, Borneo
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Revopackers (Book >) All hotels >
The shuttle bus is one of the cheapest ways to get into town, book in advance here.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 馃殣Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 17:00
馃彣WildLodge(Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided trek into the jungle. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a longer guided hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 馃殞Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Sleepbox Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 馃殞Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
馃殞Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown bus
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

馃彣Ryokan Muntri Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Buses to Georgetown depart from Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah street.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Penang has a good network of cheap buses. See here for the route network.
10 鉀达笍Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣Bed Attitude (Book >) All hotels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. Your hotel’s beach offers one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit. If you’re visiting in monsoon season then Pulau Payar Marine Park offers the best snorkelling visibility.
14 鉁圠angkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Borneo Seahare Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. Take bus 3A, 6, 8G or 9 to the city centre.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, hike up Mount Santubong with a guide…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 鉁圞uching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣SKYPOD Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 鉁圞ota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.

馃嚬馃嚟THAILAND

ThailandThailand will never disappoint. This itinerary takes in ancient sites, lush forests, hill tribes and sublime beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Thailand itinerary:

Luxury Golden Palace, Bangkok
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the聽Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on聽Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past聽Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 馃彣Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the聽Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at聽Jim Thompson鈥檚 House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 馃彣Akyra Manor (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to聽Doi Suthep and聽visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples聽Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of聽Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through聽Huay Nam DAng National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Surin Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along聽the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga).
You can find ferry times here.
If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 鉁圥huket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 鉁圔angkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 馃彣Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson鈥檚 House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 馃彣Oriental Siam Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Amira Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Ban Sainai hotel on Krabi). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 鉁圥huket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 鉁圔angkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Bangkok, Thailand
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Yard Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 馃彣Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson鈥檚 House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 馃殑Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 馃彣Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Bananas Bungalows on Phang Nga). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 鉁圥huket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣The Yard Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 鉁圔angkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Take the rail link to the airport.

馃嚠馃嚦INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

Taj Mahal, IndiaA two-week holiday which takes in the incredible sights of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Rajasthan – India itinerary:

Luxury Jaipur, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Leela Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Jai Mahal Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 馃殨Jaipur to Pushkar drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣The Westin
(Book >)
All hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Arrange the private car and driver to Pushkar with your Jaipur hotel.
6 馃殨Pushkar to Jodhpur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) All hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Tip your driver up to 400 rupees/day.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Marriott Resort & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 馃殨Jaisalmer to Udaipur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Taj Lake Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to Ranakpur’s impressive Jain temple. Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 Enjoy a relaxing day around Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. First Class (AC1) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this Rajasthan – India itinerary with the Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Mid-range Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Park Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Four Points by Sheraton (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). Your hotel has been picked for the wonderful view of the Taj Mahal. You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Shahpura House (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 馃殨Jaipur to Pushkar drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Hotel Brahma Horizon (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Arrange the private car and driver to Pushkar with your Jaipur hotel.
6 馃殨Pushkar to Jodhpur driver Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) All hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Tip your driver up to 400 rupees/day.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Lalgarh Fort and Palace (Book >) All hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 馃殨Jaisalmer to Udaipur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Madri Haveli (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to Ranakpur’s impressive Jain temple. Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 Enjoy a relaxing day around Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. Second Class (AC2) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this Rajasthan – India itinerary with the Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Budget Udaipur, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Check In Room Sangatrashan
(Book >)
All hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Agra – Regal Vista (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Pearl Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 馃殞Jaipur to Pushkar bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣The Countryside Resort
(Book >)
All hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Take travel sickness pills if needed – bus journeys in India can be uncomfortable.
6 馃殞Pushkar to Jodhpur bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel Govind (Book >) All hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Plan your visits in India carefully to avoid burnout.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Royal Haveli
(Book >)
All hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 馃殞Jaisalmer to Udaipur bus (Book >) Dep: 17:30 馃彣Aashiya Haveli (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Jaisalmer before the overnight bus journey Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 馃殞Jaisalmer to Udaipur bus Arr: 06:00 馃彣Aashiya Haveli (Book >) All hotels >
Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. Second Class (AC2) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this Rajasthan – India itinerary with the Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.

馃嚮馃嚦VIETNAM

Halong Bay, VietnamAn action-packed two week Vietnam holiday that combines all the best that this magnificent country has to offer? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Vietnam itinerary:

Luxury Hoi An, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Reverie (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Vinpearl Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 Nha Trang to Da Nang flight (Book >)
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣La Siesta(Book >) All hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. The views from An Hoi island across the water to town are best viewed from a caf茅 or bar at night – spectacular.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 馃殨Hoi An to Da Nang taxi
馃殑Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣La Residence Hotel & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 鉁圚ue to Hanoi flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake  at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殨Hanoi to Ha Long City transfer
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) All hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. Your cruise includes excursions such as kayaking
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi transfer
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Nha Trang, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel L’Odeon (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Novotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train (Book >) Dep: 23:51 馃彣Train (Book >)
Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An taxi
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48
Arr: 10:45
馃彣Lantana Rivderside (Book >) All hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. The views from An Hoi island across the water to town are best viewed from a caf茅 or bar at night – spectacular.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 馃殨Hoi An to Da Nang taxi
馃殑Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣The Scarlett
(Book >)
All hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train (Book >) Dep: 16:26 馃彣Train
(Book >)
Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train Arr: 05:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殨Hanoi to Ha Long City transfer
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) All hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. Your cruise includes excursions such as kayaking
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi transfer
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Hue, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣New Saigon Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Mojzo Dorm (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train (Book >) Dep: 23:51 馃彣Train (Book >)
Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train
馃殞Da Nang to Hoi An shuttle
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48

Arr: 11:00

馃彣SacLo Homestay and Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. Contact your hostel to arrange a shuttle from the train station.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 馃殞Hoi An to Da Nang shuttle
馃殑Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:15

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣Happy Homestay
(Book >)
All hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train (Book >) Dep: 16:26 馃彣Train
(Book >)
All hotels >
Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train Arr: 05:30 馃彣Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殞Hanoi to Ha Long City shuttle
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Bhaya Cruises (Book >) All hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. It is definitely worth spending a little more to get a good quality Halong Bay cruise.
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殞Ha Long City to Hanoi shuttle
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.

馃嚡馃嚨JAPAN

Mount Fuji, JapanAn extensive journey through Japan which will fit into a 16-day holiday. You’ll see quintessentially Japanese sights and come away with unforgettable memories. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Japan itinerary:

Luxury Tokyo, Japan
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home.
4 馃殑Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okaya train
馃殑Okaya to Sawando train (Book >)
Dep: 15:00

Dep:
17:50

Arr: 17:29

Dep:
18:48

馃彣Keiryu So Shiorie (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360藲 views of the skyline. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 馃殑Sawando to Tatsuno (Nagano) train
馃殑Tatsuno to Shiojiri train
馃殑Shiojiri to Nagiso train (Book >)
Dep: 17:36
Dep: 18:23
Dep: 18:50
Arr: 18:19
Arr: 18:44
Arr: 20:28
馃彣Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Your JR Pass does not cover ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ bullet trains.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. The hotel onsen will sooth your limbs after your walk.
7 馃殑Nagiso to Hiroshima train (Book >) Dep: 08:01 Arr: 09:43 馃彣Sheraton Grand (Book >) All hotels >
Head straight for the Hiroshima Peace Museum then stroll around the Peace Memorial Park. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daish艒-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 馃殑Hiroshima to Kyoto train (Book >) Dep: 08:51
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 11:13
Arr: 09:10
Arr: 10:57
Arr: 13:26
馃彣Aoi Hotel Kyoto (Book >) All hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ry艒an-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nij艒 Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 馃殑Kyoto to Odawara train (Book >) Dep: 09:08 Arr: 12:06 馃彣Hyatt Regency (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your hotel provides a free shuttle from the station (book in advance).
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 馃殑Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >) Dep: 12:36 Arr: 13:10 馃彣Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 鉁圱okyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Mid-range Miyajima island, Japan
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home.
4 馃殑Tokyo to Nagano train
馃殑Nagano to Matsumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

馃彣Hotel Dormy Inn Matsumoto聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360藲 views of the skyline.聽In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 馃殑Matsumoto to Nagiso train (Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 馃彣Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 馃殑Nagiso to Nakatsugawa train
馃殑Nakatsugawa to Nagoya train
馃殑Nagoya to Shin-Osaka train
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima train (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
馃彣Washington Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daish艒-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 馃殑Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka train
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Kyoto train (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
馃彣Royal Park Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ry艒an-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nij艒 Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 馃殑Kyoto to Odawra train
馃殑Odawara to Hakone Yumoto train
馃殑Hakone Yumoto to Gora train (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Dep: 13:12
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
Arr: 13:49
馃彣Mount View Hakone (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Gora is famous for its hot springs.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 馃殑Hakone to Odawara train
馃殑Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
馃彣Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 鉁圱okyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Budget Kyoto, Japan
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣MyCUBE by Mystays Asakusa Kuramae (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home.
4 馃殑Tokyo to Nagano train
馃殑Nagano to Matsumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

馃彣Marumo Ryokan (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360藲 views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 馃殑Matsumoto to Nagiso train (Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 馃彣Hostel & Cafe Yui-an (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 馃殑Nagiso to Nakatsugawa train
馃殑Nakatsugawa to Nagoya train
馃殑Nagoya to Shin-Osaka train
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima train (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
馃彣Hostel En (Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daish艒-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 馃殑Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka train
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Kyoto train (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
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Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ry艒an-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nij艒 Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 馃殑Kyoto to Odawara train
馃殑Odawara to Hakone Yumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
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Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your guest house has a natural hot spring.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 馃殑Hakone to Odawara train
馃殑Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
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Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 鉁圱okyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
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