12 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul & Cape Town Itinerary

12 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul & Cape Town Itinerary

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12 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip site .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Istanbul by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Eastern European Time is minus 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in June; daily highs in Istanbul reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planning website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Cape Town in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Cape Town is minus 1 hour. In June, Cape Town is slightly colder than Istanbul - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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