40 days in Seoul, Jeju Island & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

40 days in Seoul, Jeju Island & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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40 days in Seoul, Jeju Island & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 24 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

9
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, O’sulloc Tea Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju online route planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

24
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ho Chi Minh City: Vung Tau (The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms, Vung Tau Ferry Terminal, & more), Hoi Khanh Pagoda (in Thu Dau Mot) and Buu Long Mountain (in Bien Hoa). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

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You can fly from Jeju to Ho Chi Minh City in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vung Tau, Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, Hoi Khanh Pagoda, Vinh Trang Pagoda, Buu Long Mountain
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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