60 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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60 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  13​h
1
Leh, India
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
2
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bophut, Thailand
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 6 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Ao Nang, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Karon, Thailand
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 45​min
7
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
8
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
9
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
10
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
11
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
12
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 day
13
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt


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4
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Shanti Stupa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hall of Fame and Thiksey Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leh: Hemis Monastery (in Hemis), Monastero Tak Thok (in Sakti) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Choskor Monastery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by De Pashmina Emporium, and admire the verdant scenery at Markha Valley.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Leh sightseeing planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Leh is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to India Standard Time is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary, Monastero Tak Thok
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Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

3
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Suvannabumi Art Gallery and Glang-Viang Gallery. Explore Chiang Mai's surroundings by going to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep), Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Chom Thong). On the 9th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Leh to Chiang Mai in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Leh to Chiang Mai. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community
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6
nights
Bophut, Thailand

Bophut
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Head to Modern Suit Samui and Mae Nam Morning Marketfor plenty of shopping. Wat Plai Laem and Wat Khao Chedi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Bophut to go to Maret and see Wat Samret, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Maenam Beach, identify plant and animal life at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, stroll through Malibu beach, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bophut trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bophut takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mae Nam, Wat Khao Chedi, Coral Cove Beach, Wat Samret
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Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach

6
nights
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Popular historic sites such as Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine and Wat Chaloklum are in your itinerary. Visit Salad Beach and Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bottle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haad Yao Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan online trip itinerary planner .

Ko Pha Ngan is just a short distance from Bophut. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ao Nang.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hat Sadet Beach ©
Hat Sadet Beach
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Bottle Beach ©
Bottle Beach

4
nights
Ao Nang, Thailand

Ao Nang ©
Head to the resort town of Ao Nang for a holiday by the sea and an exploration of an area where many dive instruction centers offer training necessary to access some of the region's best dive spots.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tubkaek Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Natai Beach and Railay Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ao Nang: Koh Lao Lading (in Nong Thale) and Phang Nga Bay (in Ao Phang Nga National Park). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Armani Collection, view the masterpieces at Dao Art Gallery, step off the mainland to explore Poda Island, and stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ao Nang trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Ao Nang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ao Nang, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Karon.

Things to do in Ao Nang

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Krabi Town, Phang Nga Bay., Natai Beach
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PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach
Koh Lao Lading ©
Koh Lao Lading
Dao Art Gallery ©
Dao Art Gallery

4
nights
Karon, Thailand

Karon ©
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phuket Trickeye Museum and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Visiting Ao Sane and Karon Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Phuket Town (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get great views at Karon View Point, kick back and relax at Nai Harn Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Freedom Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Karon trip planner .

Getting from Ao Nang to Karon by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Karon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Patong, Rawai
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Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Karon View Point ©
Karon View Point

5
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Kantiang Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Bamboo Beach (Had Mai Phai) and Pirate Kayak Adventures. Spend the 31st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lanta Art, look for gifts at Italian Fashion Suit, enjoy the sand and surf at Phra Ae Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Cliff Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta trip itinerary website .

Getting from Karon to Ko Lanta by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach
Diamond Cliff Beach ©
Diamond Cliff Beach

5
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
We've included these beaches for you: Balangan Beach and Melasti Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bingin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denpasar: Nusa Dua (Nusa Dua Beach, Museum PASIFIKA, & more), Mendira House (in Manggis) and Pandawa Beach (in Kuta). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Point Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Reservoart, browse the exhibits of Paradise Pictures, and browse for treasures at METIS Gallery & Boutiques.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denpasar online day trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ko Lanta to Denpasar in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA) is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ungasan, Scuba & Snorkeling, Bingin Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach
Melasti Beach ©
Melasti Beach

3
nights
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Petite Anse and Grand Anse. Step out of the city life by going to Anse Coco Beach and Anse Source D'Argent. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Anse Severe and stroll through Anse Patates Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Digue Island trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denpasar to La Digue Island. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Denpasar to La Digue Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Praslin Island.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Petite Anse ©
Petite Anse
Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach
Spiagge di Anse Marron ©
Spiagge di Anse Marron

5
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Visiting Anse Georgette and Curieuse Island will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Petite Anse Kerlan and Anse Marie-Louise Beach. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Anse Lazio, explore the gorgeous colors at Big Sisters Private Island, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Passerose.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Praslin Island online trip itinerary builder .

Praslin Island is very close to La Digue Island. In August in Praslin Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Petite Anse Kerlan ©
Petite Anse Kerlan
Cote d’Or Beach ©
Cote d’Or Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Visiting Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Birds of Eden and Robberg Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to The Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn) and Wilderness (RPRX - Real People Real Xperiences & Wilderness Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, and stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Knysna takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Praslin Island to Knysna. Traveling from Praslin Island in August, expect nights in Knysna to be much colder, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Cango Caves
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

1
day
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luxor online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Knysna to Luxor by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Traveling from Knysna in August, things will get much hotter in Luxor: highs are around 49°C and lows about 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

4
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
You'll get in some beach time at Marsa Mubarak and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. Explore hidden gems such as Elphinstone Reef and Swim with Dolphins. Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli, get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center, stroll through Gebel El Rosas, and slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Luxor to Marsa Alam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Luxor in August: highs in Marsa Alam hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay
Gebel El Rosas ©
Gebel El Rosas

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