31 days in Vietnam, Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam, Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planning site.

Getting from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 12 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Spend the 8th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, stroll through Nha Trang Beach, cool off at VinWonders Nha Trang, and stop by XQ Hand Embroidery.

Plan trip to Nha Trang with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Hanoi.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Hanoi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Tokyo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Osaka, Japan

— 13 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Nishinomiya (Hirota Shrine, Mondo Yakujin, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daimon-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — Feb 3:

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.