48 days in South Korea, New Zealand & Southeast Asia Itinerary

48 days in South Korea, New Zealand & Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Paihia, New Zealand
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Singapore, Singapore
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Patong, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Fly to Phuket, Drive to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Ferry to Ko Lanta
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Seoul, South Korea — 5 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Yongsan Electronics Market. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, walk around Namsan Park, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 22°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Queenstown takes 17.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Queenstown is 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Paihia.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Paihia, New Zealand — 2 nights

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 12th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, then admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Singapore.
Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Side Trips

Singapore, Singapore — 3 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Head to Orchard Road and Little Indiafor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Chinatown, head off the coast to Southernmost point of Asia, take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Merlion Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Singapore trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Paihia to Singapore in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Singapore is minus 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Patong.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Patong, Thailand — 4 nights

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll get in some beach time at Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Do your shopping at Jungceylon and The Phuket Gallery. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Napas Art Gallery in Choeng Thale, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Karon Viewpoint, browse the eclectic array of goods at Malin Plaza Patong, and stop by P & C Jewelry.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Patong driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Patong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Patong. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand — 24 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
For shopping fun, head to Chatuchak Weekend Market or Khaosan Road. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi), IMPACT Speed Park (in Pak Kret) and Ikea Bang Yai (in Bang Yai). Spend the 5th (Sat) in the animal kingdom at Safari World. Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

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You can fly from Patong to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ko Lanta.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Ko Lanta, Thailand — 1 night

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Lanta in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

South Korea travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Thailand travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.