24 days in Ho Chi Minh City & South Korea Itinerary

24 days in Ho Chi Minh City & South Korea Itinerary

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24 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
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
9
Incheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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 Benthanh Street Food Market, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Cong Vien Van Hoa Park, 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

Shopping Nightlife Parks
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Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Bitexco Financial Tower ©
Bitexco Financial Tower

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, Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. 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 wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

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 Neighborhoods Parks

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 ©
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hongcheon-gun travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Hongcheon-gun with the Route module. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Hongcheon-gun are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (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 Gwongeumseong Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, take a stroll through Abai Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market.

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
Gwongeumseong Fortress ©
Gwongeumseong Fortress
Abai Village ©
Abai Village

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haslla Art World, Gangneung Jungang Market and Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jeongdongjin Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gangneung trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Gangneung takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gangneung can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uljin-gun.

Things to do in Gangneung

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi) Sky Walk & Zipline
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Jeongdongjin Beach ©
Jeongdongjin Beach
Gyeongpodae ©
Gyeongpodae
Haslla Art World ©
Haslla Art World

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 by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Uljin-gun

Historic Sites Spas 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.
Get some cultural insight at Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong Tomb. Go for a jaunt from Gyeongju to Busan to see Haedong Yonggung Temple about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Seokguram, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Daereungwon.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju online route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uljin-gun to Gyeongju. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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 Parks Nature

Side Trip

Haedong Yonggung Temple
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Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jagalchi Market, Gamcheon Culture Village and Shinsegae Centum City Spaland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

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 Incheon on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Busan

Spas Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shinsegae Centum City Spaland ©
Shinsegae Centum City Spaland
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

2
nights
Incheon, South Korea

Incheon
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Before you visit Incheon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Incheon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Incheon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Incheon

Museums Shopping Nightlife
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