41 days in South Korea, Sydney & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

41 days in South Korea, Sydney & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

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41 days in South Korea, Sydney & Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— Few hours
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 10 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 10 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 18 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Insadong, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Sydney to Seoul in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Seoul at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Korean Folk Village, Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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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). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Halla Mountain, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for 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

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ho Chi Minh City: Buu Long Mountain (in Bien Hoa), Vung Tau (Diggers Rest & The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms) and Hoi Khanh Pagoda (in Thu Dau Mot). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder tool .

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, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

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