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Please critique, but bear in mind that we have the following goals for this trip:
1. A relaxing scuba vacation after packing up our lives in New Zealand before returning to the U.S.
2. Followed by a cultural and gastronomic tour

We want to see as much as we can because we won't be back in Asia anytime soon (really, we'll be starting a family, so we expect our travels over the next 10 years will be confined to more child friendly spots in the U.S, Canada, and Europe) but we don't want to kill ourselves by going too fast.

I've marked travel days below with an asterix

*July 15: Fly New Zealand to Sulawesi, Indonesia
July 16-21: Scuba Bunaken and Lemba, with some above water activities too! (6 full days)
*July 22: Fly Sulawesi to Singapore. Overnight in Singapore (This is the only international flight out of Sulawesi, not available on Sundays. We might consider flying Sulawesi to Java to Siem Reap instead depending on flight schedules, possible a day early.)
*July 23: Fly Singapore to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Rest.
July 24-25: Siem Reap/Ankor complex
*July 26: Fly Siem Reap to Hanoi, Vietnam
July 27-29: Hanoi (3 full days)
*July 30: shuttle to Halong Bay for overnight cruise. Night on boat.
*July 31: shuttle back to Hanoi. Get on overnight train to Hue. (note that the Hue airport is closed for renovation this summer, so flying is not an option. Night on train.
August 1-2: Hue (2 full days)
*August 3: train Hue to Danang. Car/taxi to Hoi An (3.5 hours total)
August 4: Hoi An (1 full day, plus half of the day before)
*August 5: Hoi An to Danang. Fly Danang to HCMC to Tokyo, Japan.
August 6-9: Toyko (4 full days, first day is mostly rest)
*August 10: bullet train Toyko to Kyoto
August 11-15: Kyoto (5 full days. May spend one night going to Koya-san)
*August 16th: fly Kyoto to Beijing
August 17-19: Beijing (3+ full days)
*August 20: mostly Beijing, then take sleeper train to Xian. Night on train
August 21: Xian (1 day)
*August 22: Fly Xian to Shanghai.
August 23-24: Shanghai (2 full days)
*August 25: Fly Shanghai to Hong Kong
August 26-27: Hong Kong (2+ full days)
*August 28: Fly Hong Kong to San Fran for cousin's wedding later that week. Our flight is at 10:30 pm, so this is basically a full day in Hong Kong too.
September 1: Back to Boston and our house and dog!

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