36 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

36 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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36 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Exmouth, Australia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h
2
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
7
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Apia, Samoa
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
10
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
11
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Adelaide, Australia

1
night
Exmouth, Australia

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Turquoise Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and then see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Exmouth attractions planning app .

Adelaide to Exmouth is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Exmouth is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Exmouth reach 44°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Step out of Ubud with an excursion to Elephant Safari Park in Tegalalang--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saraswati Temple, make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and explore the world behind art at Museum Puri Lukisan.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ubud journey app .

Getting from Exmouth to Ubud by combination of flight and bus takes about 16 hours. When traveling from Exmouth in January, plan for little chillier days in Ubud, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ubud

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trip

Elephant Safari Park
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Spas
Tegalalang Rice Terrace ©
Tegalalang Rice Terrace

4
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Denpasar side-trips: Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban), Alive Wholefood Store (in Canggu) and Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Waterbom Bali, enjoy some diversion at Cubby House Kids Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denpasar day trip planning website .

You can drive from Ubud to Denpasar in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Denpasar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Denpasar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Seminyak, Kuta, Tanah Lot Temple, Alive Wholefood Store, Uluwatu Temple
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Kuta Beach - Bali ©
Kuta Beach - Bali
Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

4
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Step out of Bangkok with an excursion to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get great views at Wat Saket.

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Fly from Denpasar to Bangkok in 5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denpasar to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House ©
Jim Thompson House

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, and admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai road trip tool .

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in January, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Chiang Mai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Doi Inthanon ©
Doi Inthanon

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Patong: Phang Nga Bay. (in Ao Phang Nga National Park) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, explore the galleries of The Phuket Gallery, and find something for the whole family at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Patong trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, Patong is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Buddha Phuket, Phang Nga Bay., Karon Beach
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, then take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nadi online trip planner .

Getting from Patong to Nadi by flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Patong to Nadi, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in Nadi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kingdomkoffie and then pause for some serene contemplation at Free Church of Tonga.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nuku'alofa driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Nadi to Nuku'alofa in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fiji Time to Tonga Time is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Nuku'alofa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
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Free Church of Tonga ©
Free Church of Tonga

4
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Venture out of the city with trips to To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga) and Lalomanu Crater Walk (in Lalomanu). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Lefaga Beach, go for a walk through Coastal Lava Cliff Walk, and stroll through Salamumu Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Apia trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Nuku'alofa to Apia takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Upolu, To Sua Ocean Trench, Lalomanu Crater Walk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
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Sopoaga Falls ©
Sopoaga Falls
Lefaga Beach ©
Lefaga Beach

2
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Titikaveka Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matutu Brewery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, and stop by Natua Ukulele.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Avarua route site .

You can fly from Apia to Avarua in 13.5 hours. You'll gain 23 hours traveling from Apia to Avarua due to the time zone difference. January in Avarua sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Natua Ukulele, Titikaveka Beach
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, get interesting insight from Tours, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online journey builder .

Getting from Avarua to Queenstown by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Cook Is. Time (CKT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 22 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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