23 days in Ho Chi Minh City & South Korea Itinerary

23 days in Ho Chi Minh City & South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in Ho Chi Minh City & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hongcheon-gun, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sokcho, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gangneung, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Uljin-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 3 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
9
Namhae-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
10
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Incheon, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Cong Vien Van Hoa Park, Benthanh Street Food Market, and other attractions.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Ho Chi Minh City is much warmer than Sydney - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Nightlife Parks Shopping
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Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

4
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.
You've added Sungnyemun Gate, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Namdaemun Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Venture out of the city with trips to Chuncheon (Nami Island & Chuncheon Myeongdong Street). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at The National Folk Museum of Korea.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seoul tour itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ho Chi Minh City to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in September: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 26°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hongcheon-gun.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chuncheon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

2
nights
Hongcheon-gun, South Korea

Hongcheon-gun ©
On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutasa Temple.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hongcheon-gun trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seoul to Hongcheon-gun. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Hongcheon-gun are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (20°C). On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Sokcho.

Things to do in Hongcheon-gun

Historic Sites
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Sutasa Temple ©
Sutasa Temple

3
nights
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Hajodae has been added to your itinerary. Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market, contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, and trek along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho tour itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hongcheon-gun to Sokcho. When traveling from Hongcheon-gun in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Sokcho, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Sokcho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yangyang-gun
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Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Sinheungsa Temple ©
Sinheungsa Temple
Gwongeumseong Fortress ©
Gwongeumseong Fortress

2
nights
Gangneung, South Korea

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
You've now added Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ojukheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa, then don't miss a visit to Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline, and finally kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangneung tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sokcho to Gangneung in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gangneung are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uljin-gun.

Things to do in Gangneung

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Woljeongsa, Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline
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Woljeongsa ©
Woljeongsa
Gyeongpodae ©
Gyeongpodae

1
night
Uljin-gun, South Korea

Uljin-gun
For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uljin-gun trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Gangneung to Uljin-gun with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Uljin-gun can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Uljin-gun

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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3
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Gyerim Forest, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Uljin-gun to Gyeongju with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip planning site .

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. You will leave for Namhae-gun on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks
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Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

1
night
Namhae-gun, South Korea

Namhae-gun ©
On the 18th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Imjinseong, don't miss a visit to Daraengi Village, then make a trip to Boriam Temple, and finally wander the streets of German Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Namhae-gun sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Busan to Namhae-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in September, Namhae-gun is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Busan.

Things to do in Namhae-gun

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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German Village ©
German Village
Imjinseong ©
Imjinseong
Boriam Temple ©
Boriam Temple

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
You've now added Shinsegae Centum City Spaland to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Shinsegae Centum City Spaland.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Busan visit planning tool .

You can drive from Namhae-gun to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Incheon.

Things to do in Busan

Spas Historic Sites
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Shinsegae Centum City Spaland ©
Shinsegae Centum City Spaland
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

1
night
Incheon, South Korea

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): walk around Songdo Central Park and then make a trip to Chinatown.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Incheon travel planning site .

You can fly from Busan to Incheon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Incheon

Parks
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Songdo Central Park ©
Songdo Central Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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