23 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

23 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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23 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  6​h
1
Darwin, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
5
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 11 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Singapore, Singapore
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Darwin, Australia

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and finally view the masterpieces at Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Darwin vacation maker app .

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Darwin at 37°C and lows at 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then view the masterpieces at Soyn, and finally don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darwin to Ho Chi Minh City. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Darwin to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hoi An tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February; daily highs in Hoi An reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Tired City Hang Bong, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Siem Reap online visit planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Siem Reap in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 17th (Mon), you're off toColombo.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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11
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach, St. Sebastian’s Church, & more), Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, & more) and Galle (Galle Fort & Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery). Spend the 27th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Colombo takes 7 hours. Traveling from Siem Reap to Colombo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Galle, Kowilawatta Temple
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
day
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Singapore Zoo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Singapore trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Colombo to Singapore in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Singapore Time (SGT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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