19 days in South Korea & Vietnam Itinerary

19 days in South Korea & Vietnam Itinerary

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19 days in South Korea & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Lafayette, United States
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Lafayette, United States


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2
nights
Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then stroll around Busan Olympic Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip builder tool .

Lafayette, USA to Busan is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Lafayette to Busan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lafayette in May, expect Busan to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Spas Neighborhoods Parks
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Spas
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Escape the urban bustle at Hyeopjae Beach and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Explore hidden gems such as Halla Mountain and Camellia Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff in Seogwipo (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jeju holiday planner .

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Udo ©
Udo
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

6
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
For shopping fun, head to Precious Heritage by Rehahn or OASIS ART GALLERY. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Cantonese Assembly Hall. Venture out of the city with trips to Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District) and Da Nang (My Khe Beach, Da Nang Catheral, & more). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Non Nuoc Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Hoi An in 7 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeju to Hoi An due to the time zone difference. In May in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the views from Thanh Toan Bridge, then buy something for everyone on your list at Big C Market, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, make a trip to Tu Dam Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, steep yourself in history at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue online route planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hue by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hue can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh ©
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): Head underground at Paradise Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park holiday app .

Getting from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Nature Parks
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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