NEPAL

You’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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) See 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
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri
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 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 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
馃殨Birethanti to Pokhara
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 17:00
馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Depche Hotel (Book >) See 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 Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Barahi Jungle Lodge(Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Nepal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) See 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
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri
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 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 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
馃殞Naya Pul to Pokhara
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) See 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
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Gaun Ghar (Book >) See 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
馃殞Dumre Bazaar聽 to Sauraha
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Green Park Chitwan (Book >) See all hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Ask your 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Nepal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣WanderThirst Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) See 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
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri
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 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 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
馃殞Syauli Bazaar to Naya Pul
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) See 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
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Hotel The North Face (Book >) See 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
馃殞Dumre Bazaar聽 to Sauraha
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Hotel Rhino Land (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣WanderThirst Hostel (Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Nepal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Ask your hostel for help flagging a meter taxi to the airport.
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INDONESIA

This 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 15:27
Dep: 18:15
Arr: 18:14
Arr: 19:15
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna before travelling to Cemoro Lawang. Keep聽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
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
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 >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) See 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
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar
馃殣Lembar to Mataram (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 >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 13:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 15:00
Arr: Evening
馃彣The Samaya Seminyak Bali (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) See 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. 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 (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) See 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
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
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 >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) See 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
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar
馃殣Lembar to Senggigi (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 >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Villa Bali Asri Batubelig (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Snooze Guesthouse (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Krowi Inn (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Cafe Lava Hostel (Book >) See 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
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殞Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
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 >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣BlackLava Hostel (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Green Paddy Hostel Villa (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar (Book >)
馃殞Lembar to
Kuta Lombok
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Pipes Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.

NAMIBIA

Sparsely populated, but crammed with incredible sights, Namibia offers intrepid travellers huge rewards for challenging travel. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Namibia travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) See all hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa. Driver the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Le Mirage Resort & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring re-usable bottles and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early for a magical hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Then go on a drive to Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) See all hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today you’ll go on an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Damaraland Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha Dep: 12:00 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) See all hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
10 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Take one last game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
11 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Mid-range
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) See all hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa. Drive the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Desert Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring re-usable bottles and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise, then visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) See all hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today take an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Grootberg Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) See all hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
10 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Take one last game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
11 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Budget
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Chameleon Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殞Windhoek to Walvis Bay (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:10 馃彣Loubser’s B&B Self Catering (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you arrive into Walvis Bay take a walk to the lagoon or head to Owambo Beach. Please note that buses do not depart daily.
4 Go dune boarding, enjoy a nature drive, or go kayaking to Pelican Point. Save money by bringing your own tent and sleeping bag.
5 馃殫Walvis Bay to Sesriem (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 鉀篠esriem Campsite (Book >) See all hotels >
Drive to Sossussvlei, visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon then marvel at the desert sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
6 馃殫Sesriem to Hobas Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 鉀篐obas Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Wake early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise. Your longest drive of the trip will take you to the spectacular Fish River Canyon Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 馃殫Hobas to Windhoek
馃殞Windhoek to Tsumeb (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 15:30
Arr: 23:40
馃彣Tsumeb Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8-10 Contact Tsumeb Bckpackers in advance and ask them to arrange a guided tour to Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
11 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek (Book >) Dep: 23:59 馃彣Chameleon Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
11 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek
鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 05:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.

CAMBODIA

A 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Knai Bang Chatt Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Shinta Mani Angkor (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Samanea Beach (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Golden Temple (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Budget
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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel River Dolphin (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Khmer Hands Bungalows (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Lub d(Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.

CHINA

A 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) See 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 Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Commune By The Great Wall (Book >) See 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
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Fairmont Peace (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 09:20 馃彣W Hotel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Golden Summit Hotel(Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 16:54 Arr: 18:15 馃彣The Ritz Carlton (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Niccolo (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Banyan Tree(Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The Upper House (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this China itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel East (Book >) See 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 Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Delight Inn (Book >) See 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
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Le M茅ridien Minhang (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hotel Tang Dynasty West Market (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Shimao Yuluxe (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Yangshuo Mountain Nest (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The T (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this China itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Beijing Downtown Travelotel (Book >) See 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 Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Great Wall Cao鈥橲 Courtyard Hostel (Book >) See 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
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣The Phoenix (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hantang Inn (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Xishu Garden Inn (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Only Cafe And Backpacker (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Guilin to Yangshuo
Dep: Morning
Dep: 13:30/15:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 14:50/16:50
馃彣The Stone Bridge Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣Wontonmeen (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this China itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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.

MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Pristine 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 Thailand travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣The Majestic (Book >) See 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
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Mutiara Taman Negara (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

馃彣The Edison (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣The Datai (Book >) See 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
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Cove 55 (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圿Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Mov (Book >) See 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
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 17:00
馃彣Tebing Guesthouse (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

馃彣Areca Penang (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣Berjaya Resort (Book >) See 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
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Imperial Riverbank (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Eden54 (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圿Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Revopackers (Book >) See 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
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 17:00
馃彣WildLodge(Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Sleepbox Hotel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

馃彣Ryokan Muntri Boutique (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 馃彣Bed Attitude (Book >) See 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
鉁圞uala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Borneo Seahare Guesthouse (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣SKYPOD Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
鉁圿Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.

THAILAND

Thailand 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 馃彣Akyra Manor (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Surin Phuket (Book >) See 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 (we recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga).聽
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 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Akara Hotel (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 馃彣Oriental Riverside Resort (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Amira Phuket (Book >) See 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 (we 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Akara Hotel Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Yard Hostel (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 馃彣Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 鉁圕hiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) See 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 (we 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣The Yard Hostel (Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take the rail link to the airport.

INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

A 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Leela Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in聽Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine聽Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The聽Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Book >) See 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聽(Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Jai Mahal Palace (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣The Westin
(Book >)
See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) See all hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate聽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聽Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The聽Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Marriott Resort & Spa
(Book >)
See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Taj Lake Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to聽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聽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聽(Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣Train (Book >)
The聽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
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Park Plaza (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Four Points by Sheraton (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Shahpura House (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Hotel Brahma Horizon (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Lalgarh Fort and Palace (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Madri Haveli (Book >) See 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 (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
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Check In Room Sangatrashan
(Book >)
See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Agra – Regal Vista (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Pearl Palace (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣The Countryside Resort
(Book >)
See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel Govind (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Royal Haveli
(Book >)
See 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 (Book >) Dep: 17:30 馃彣Aashiya Haveli (Book >) See 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 Arr: 06:00 馃彣Aashiya Haveli (Book >) See 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 (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
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.

VIETNAM

An 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 travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Reverie (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Vinpearl Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣La Siesta(Book >) See 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
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 >)
See 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聽Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss聽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 (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) See all hotels >
Pack in visits to the聽Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See聽Hoan Kiem Lake聽 at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殨Hanoi to Ha Long City
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) See 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聽Thay cave and聽Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) See 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聽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
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning What did you think of this Vietnam itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel L’Odeon (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Novotel (Book >) See 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聽to Da Nang (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聽to Da Nang
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:45

馃彣Lantana Rivderside (Book >) See 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
馃殑Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣The Scarlett
(Book >)
See 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 (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 Arr: 05:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) See 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
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) See 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
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) See 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
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣New Saigon Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Mojzo Dorm (Book >) See 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 (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
馃殞Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48

Arr: 11:00

馃彣SacLo Homestay and Hostel(Book >) See 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
馃殑Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:15

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣Happy Homestay
(Book >)
See 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 (Book >) Dep: 16:26 馃彣Train
(Book >)
See 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 Arr: 05:30 馃彣Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) See 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
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Bhaya Cruises (Book >) See 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Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City
馃殞Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) See 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
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
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Book your transfer to the airport.

JAPAN

An extensive journey through Japan which will fit into a two week holiday. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Japan travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: 馃彣Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) See 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 to
4 馃殑Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okaya
馃殑Okaya to Sawando (Book >)
Dep: 15:00

Dep:
17:50

Arr: 17:29

Dep:
18:48

馃彣Keiryuso Shiorie (Book >) See 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)
馃殑Tatsuno to Shiojiri馃殑
Shiojiri to Nagiso(Book >)
Dep: 17:36
Dep: 18:23
Dep: 18:50
Arr: 18:19
Arr: 18:44
Arr: 20:28
馃彣Hotel Fukinomori (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:01 Arr: 09:43 馃彣The Ritz Carlton (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:51
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 11:13
Arr: 09:10
Arr: 10:57
Arr: 13:26
馃彣Sheraton Grand (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:08 Arr: 12:06 馃彣Hyatt Regency (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 12:36 Arr: 13:10 馃彣Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See 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 Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: 馃彣Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See 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 to
4 馃殑Tokyo to Nagano
馃殑Nagano to Matsumoto (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

馃彣Matsumoto Backpackers (Book >) See 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(Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 馃彣Hotel Fukinomori (Book >) See 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
馃殑Nakatsugawa to Nagoya
馃殑Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima (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 >) See 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
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Kyoto (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
馃彣Royal Park Hotel (Book >) See 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
馃殑Odawara to Hakone Yumoto
馃殑Hakone Yumoto to Gora (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 >) See 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
馃殑Odawara to Tokyo (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
馃彣Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See 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 Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: 馃彣Book and Bed Asakusa (Book >) See 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 to
4 馃殑Tokyo to Nagano
馃殑Nagano to Matsumoto (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

馃彣Marumo Ryokan (Book >) See 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(Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 馃彣Hostel & Cafe Yui-an (Book >) See 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
馃殑Nakatsugawa to Nagoya
馃殑Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima (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 >) See 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
馃殑Shin-Osaka to Kyoto (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
馃彣Piece Hostel Sanjo (Book >) See 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
馃殑Odawara to Hakone Yumoto (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
馃彣Hakone Tent (Book >) See 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 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
馃殑Odawara to Tokyo (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
馃彣Book and Bed Asakusa (Book >) See 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 Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.