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

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

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

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  17​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  6​h
4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sealala, Museum Kimchikan, Coex Aquarium, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myeong-dong Cathedral, make a trip to Gwanghwamun Gate, and wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary 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 difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. In December, Seoul is colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museum of Sex and Health, Jeongbang Waterfall, Manjanggul Cave, and other attractions. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls & Seongsan Ilchulbong).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeju day trip tool .

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

7
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). Explore Seoul further: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, walk around Namsan Park, and contemplate the long history of Jongmyo Shrine.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online visit planner .

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Nami Island
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park
Insadong ©
Insadong

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ho Chi Minh City: Hoi Khanh Pagoda (in Thu Dau Mot), Vinh Trang Pagoda (in My Tho) and Bien Hoa (Buu Long Mountain & Long Thanh Golf Club). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Seoul in January, expect Ho Chi Minh City to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bien Hoa, Fito Museum - Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, Hoi Khanh Pagoda, Vinh Trang Pagoda
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

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