23 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Vung Tau, Vietnam
— 1 night
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ganh Dau, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 10 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Plan a Melbourne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Bandar Seri Begawan.
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The capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a variety of entertainment in a modern Islamic setting.
For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bandar Seri Begawan driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Melbourne to Bandar Seri Begawan by flight takes about 10 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Bandar Seri Begawan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Bandar Seri Begawan, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You will leave for Ho Chi Minh City on the 11th (Sun).
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 6 nights

Pearl of the Far East

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Bandar Seri Begawan to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Ho Chi Minh City. December in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vung Tau.
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Vung Tau, Vietnam — 1 night

A place to relax by the coast, Vung Tau has gained a reputation for its beaches.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Christ The King Statue. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Xom Luoi Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the world behind art at Upside Down House.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vung Tau road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. December in Vung Tau sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Getting from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ganh Dau.
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Ganh Dau, Vietnam — 2 nights

Go for a jaunt from Ganh Dau to Ong Lang to see Happy Farm PQ about 36 minutes away.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ganh Dau road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Ganh Dau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 10 nights

Pearl of the Far East

On the 24th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. See even more of Ho Chi Minh City: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5, and see the interesting displays at Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City online trip planner.

Getting from Ganh Dau to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 1 night

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
On the 1st (Sun), appreciate the history behind Merlion Park and then walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Singapore vacation maker website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to home.
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Brunei-Muara District travel guide

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Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Brunei-Muara is the northern-most district (daerah in Malay) in Brunei. It is the smallest of Brunei's four districts in term of area but by far the most populous, containing over half the country's population. It is the most important and bustling district because the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan which is also the state capital, is the seat of the government ministries and departmental headquarters as well as the centre of business activities. Other major towns in the Brunei-Muara district include Muara town. The Brunei-Muara district houses the largest and deepest port in Brunei, the Muara Port.The Brunei-Muara district is located in the north-east, bordering the South China Sea and Labuan (Malaysia) to the north, Brunei Bay to the east, Limbang, Sarawak (Malaysia) to the south and the Bruneian district of Tutong to the west.Urban areasAbout 80% of the district is highly urbanized, more than any other districts in Brunei. More than 296,500 people live in the bustling capital city area. Bandar Seri Begawan, Gadong, Jerudong, Berakas and other densely populated kampongs are the main urban region of the district.

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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Phu Quoc Island travel guide

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Beaches · Spas · Fishing Charters & Tours
The largest of Vietnam's islands, Phu Quoc combines tradition with modernity, and nature with nurture. Known for its pepper farming and fish sauce brewing, the island retains a charming rusticity in its fishing towns and inland plantations. Phu Quoc Island tourism developed rapidly, with a number of resorts sitting on the golden sands along the southwest coast. With half of the island registered as a national park, the dense jungles and mountains of the interior remain protected from overdevelopment--good news for wildlife living there, including slow lorises, macaques, owls, and tortoises.
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