25 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket & Hong Kong Itinerary

25 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket & Hong Kong Itinerary

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25 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Ko Racha Noi, Thailand
— 1 day
Travel:  3​h
3
Karon, Thailand
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mai Khao, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Hong Kong, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

6
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.
Spend the 4th (Wed) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. On the 6th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip builder .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Racha Noi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

1
day
Ko Racha Noi, Thailand

Ko Racha Noi ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head off the coast to Ko Racha Noi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ko Racha Noi road trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Ko Racha Noi. In December, daytime highs in Ko Racha Noi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Karon.

Things to do in Ko Racha Noi

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Ko Racha Noi ©
Ko Racha Noi

6
nights
Karon, Thailand

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Step out of Karon with an excursion to Speed Boats Tours in Patong--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, make a trip to Bangla Road, and stroll through Karon Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Karon trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Ko Racha Noi to Karon with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Karon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mai Khao.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patong, Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Mai Khao, Thailand

Mai Khao ©
The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get great views at Takeoff Landing, then get outside with Sky Club Asia, and then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mai Khao Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mongkol Wararam, look for gifts at James Bespoke Suit, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nai Thon Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wat Phra Thong.

Plan a Mai Khao trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Karon to Mai Khao takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Mai Khao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket, Nai Yang, Sky Club Asia, Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
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Mai Khao Beach ©
Mai Khao Beach
Gibbon Rehabilitation Project ©
Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Sky Club Asia ©
Sky Club Asia

7
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hong Kong: Macau (Patane Library, Ruins of St. Paul's, & more). Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and stroll around Nan Lian Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Mai Khao to Hong Kong with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mai Khao to Hong Kong. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mai Khao in December; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau Island ©
Lantau Island

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