28 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

28 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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Start: Bogota, Colombia
Fly + Train:  26 h
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
3
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  23 h
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Bogota, Colombia

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Bogota, Colombia to Kyoto is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Bogota in May, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Universal Studios Singapore about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, browse the exhibits of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, and get a taste of the local shopping with Orchard Road.

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Fly from Tokyo to Singapore in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Tokyo to Singapore, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Singapore at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then walk around Cong Vien 30-4, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder tool.

You can fly from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. In May in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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Food Tours
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, then make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hoi An online trip maker.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Covered Bridge ©
Japanese Covered Bridge

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Yongdusan Park, then get great views at Taejongdae, then examine the collection at Busan Museum, and finally head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Busan tour builder tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Busan by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Hanoi to Busan, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Busan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

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

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online day trip planner.

Getting from Busan to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May in Seoul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

1
night
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Seoul to Bogota in 25 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 14 hours. Traveling from Seoul in May, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Swikar Caramelos Artisanales, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, then make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and finally contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, Cartagena is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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