With two weeks, you can travel the length of Vietnam plus add Cambodia or Thailand into the mix. Should you choose an exclusive Vietnam adventure, there are many highlight cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to see while also leaving time for mountain hikes, river trips, countryside tours, and visits to ancient landmarks. The five diverse itineraries below cover the best options.

Itinerary #1: Highlight Tour - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

On this 14-day tour, you'll begin in the south and work your way north, stopping along the way at the Mekong Delta, Hội An, Huế, Hạ Long Bay, the capital of Hanoi, and many more exotic locales.

Take a ride on the Mekong River
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Visit Củ Chi Tunnel & Cao Dai Temple Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City to Cần Thơ, Tour the Mekong Delta Can Tho
Day 4 Cần Thơ Tour, Flight to Da Nang & Transfer to Hội An Hoi An
Day 5 Visit Fishing Villages & Hội An Tour Hoi An
Day 6 Visit Bà Nà Hills & Golden Bridge Hoi An
Day 7 Hội An Free Day Hoi An
Day 8 Hội An to Huế, Visit the Imperial City Hue
Day 9 Mausoleum Tour of Huế & Flight to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 10 Bicycle Tour of Rural Villages, Cultural Tour of Hanoi Hanoi
Day 11 Hanoi to Hạ Long Bay, Explore Halong Bay
Day 12 Cruise Bai Tu Long Bay, Visit Local Fishing Villages Bai Tu Long Bay
Day 13 Bai Tu Long Bay to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 14 Depart Hanoi  

The adventure begins in southern Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Over two days you'll tour historic highlights like the Viet Cong tunnel network at Củ Chi, plus visit temples unique to the region. Then, on day three, you'll leave the city for a boat ride on the famous Mekong Delta where you'll visit floating river markets and enjoy bicycle tours around the unspoiled countryside. 

On day four you'll fly north to Da Nang and drive a short distance down the coast to Hội An, located at the mouth of the Thu Bồn River. A tour of this historic port city includes stops at local meeting halls and old covered bridges plus fishing excursions on the river in traditional basket boats. An unforgettable day trip on day six involves a visit to a mountaintop theme park in the Bà Nà Hills followed by a free day before traveling to the imperial city of Huế.

Once the capital of Vietnam, Huế sits on the Perfume River and is home to the Imperial City, a walled citadel built in 1804 that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On day nine you'll tour the ancient mausoleum and final resting place of emperors from the Nguyễn Dynasty before flying to the current capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. Not only will you enjoy cultural tours of the city's museums and colonial Old Quarter, but you'll also take a cycling tour of rural villages around the countryside.

On day 11 you'll travel to the coast and the Gulf of Tonkin, where you'll embark on a two-night cruise around Hạ Long Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands. On this cruise, you'll dine on great seafood, witness beautiful sunrises, and make stops for swimming in the lagoons and exploring sea caves. On day 13 you'll return to Hanoi for one last night before departing Vietnam. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Vietnam Off the Beaten Track

Enjoy Vietnam's highlight cities but also go off the tourist trail on this 14-day excursion to mountain towns, country villages, organic farms, and remote islands. 

Hike through the terraced rice fields of Vietnam
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi to Muong Lo Nghia Lo
Day 4 Muong Lo to Mù Cang Chải – Hiking the Rice Terraces Mu Cang Chai
Day 5 Morning Hike in Mù Cang Chải - Transfer to Sapa Sapa
Day 6 Hike to Country Villages Sapa
Day 7 Sapa to Bắc Hà - Hiking Bac Ha, Lao Cai
Day 8 Visit the Bắc Hà Market – Transfer to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 9 Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay - Boat to Cát Bà Island Cát Bà
Day 10 Cát Bà Island to Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang – Hội An Hoi An
Day 11 Country Cycling & Organic Farm Tour Hoi An
Day 12 Hội An to Ho Chi Minh City - Explore Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13 Bến Tre Day Trip Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14 Depart Ho Chi Minh City  

Before heading off the beaten path, you'll arrive in Hanoi and discover the city on a walking tour. On day three you'll visit the nearby countryside and tour the rice fields and tea plantations. Then you'll hike between country villages before transferring to Sapa. There's more hiking in store here, as you'll travel around the region, stopping in villages and making your way to high viewpoints where you can admire the incredible mountain scenery.

On day seven you'll travel to Lào Cai Province, another unspoiled mountain region. Besides visiting the local markets of ethnic village residents, you'll do more hiking, this time around family farms that date back over 200 years. After transferring back to Hanoi, on day nine you'll head to Lan Ha Bay, located just south of Hạ Long Bay, and take an overnight cruise to Cát Bà Island, the largest island in the entire archipelago.

On day 10 you'll transfer from Hanoi to Hội An and see the sights in its historic Ancient Town. Beyond that, you'll take a tour to a nearby organic farm followed by a ride down the Do River in traditional basket boats. Next up is a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, and a ride down the Mekong, stopping at a coconut processing plant as well as villages where locals make rice cakes by hand. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Family Adventure in Vietnam

This family-friendly vacation covers a north-south route and includes excursions in the mountainous northwest region plus hikes and cycling trips around country villages and along the Thu Bồn River.

Visit the Imperial City in Huế
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour & Train to Lao Cai Lao Cai
Day 3 Lao Cai to Sapa, Visit Silver Waterfall & Heaven Gate Sapa
Day 4 Ma Tra Hike, Visit Ta Phin Village Sapa
Day 5 Hike to Country Villages & Train to Hanoi Sapa
Day 6 Bus from Hanoi to Hạ Long Bay Halong Bay
Day 7 Bus from Hạ Long Bay to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi to Huế, Sightseeing Hue
Day 9 Huế to Da Nang & Transfer to Hội An, Sightseeing Hoi An
Day 10 Bicycle Eco-Tour along the Thu Bồn River Hoi An
Day 11 Hội An to Da Nang & Fly to Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City
Day 12 Củ Chi Tunnel, Ho Chi Minh City Tour Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13 Day Trip on the Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14 Depart Ho Chi Minh City  

You and the family will arrive in Hanoi. After a packed city tour on day two, you'll take an overnight train to the far northwest of the country and the gorgeous mountain town of Sapa. This will be your home base for a few days, during which time you'll hike amid terraced rice paddies, visit Hmong ethnic villages, travel over high mountain passes with incredible views, and see beautiful waterfalls. You'll then return to Hanoi and then head to Hạ Long Bay for an overnight cruise over emerald waters.

Upon your return to Hanoi you'll have day seven free, and on day eight catch a flight south to Huế. A tour on the day you arrive includes stops at the Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Tomb of Tự Đức, a waterfront mausoleum built in 1867 for the Nguyễn Emperor Tự Đứcs. On day nine you'll go sightseeing on the Thu Bồn River near Hội An followed by a bicycle tour of the rural river communities and visits to their organic farms. Day 11 is a free day in Hội An.

From Hội An you and your family will transfer to Ho Chi Minh City and take a tour on day 13. This includes not only the tunnels at Củ Chi but historic city landmarks like the 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, which was actually built with materials imported from France. On day 14 you'll embark on a day trip down the Mekong River and a bike excursion through country coconut groves before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for your trip home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Heritage of Vietnam & Thailand

This combined Vietnam and Thailand itinerary covers the highlights of both countries, including stops in Hanoi and Bangkok, plus exciting excursions like visiting an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai and exploring the caves of Hạ Long Bay. 

See both Vietnam and Thailand 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi to Hạ Long Bay, Trinh Nu Cave Halong Bay
Day 4 Cave Tour, Transfer to Hanoi & Fly to Da Nang, Hội An Hoi An
Day 5 Walking Tour of Hội An Hoi An
Day 6 Hội An Cycling & Kayak Tour Hoi An
Day 7 Hội An to Ho Chi Minh City, Night Vespa/Food Tour Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh Guided City Tour Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9 Day Trip on the Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10 Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, City Tour Bangkok
Day 11 Cooking Class in Bangkok Bangkok
Day 12 Day Trip to Ayutthaya, Night Train to Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
Day 13 Arrival in Chiang Mai, City & Temples Tour Chiang Mai
Day 14 Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Depart  

Your grand tour of Southeast Asia begins in Hanoi. A tour includes stops at the oldest Buddhist temple in the city plus the Vietnam Military Museum. On day three you'll transfer to the coast and Hạ Long Bay to visit floating villages, unspoiled beaches, and the largest cave in the region, Sung Sot. Day four is a travel day from Hanoi to Hội An followed by a walking tour of historic landmarks in its Ancient Town on day five. The next day you'll visit countryside villages on a combined cycling/kayak tour. 

On Day seven you'll travel to Ho Chi Minh City and discover it right off on an exciting Vespa/food tour. Day eight involves a more traditional city tour of historic highlights like the Opera House and Independence Palace, the former home of the president of South Vietnam. After a day trip on the Mekong, you'll return to Ho Chi Minh City on day 10 and catch a flight to the next country on the itinerary: Thailand. Upon arriving you'll hop on a long-tail boat for a ride on the Chao Phraya River.

On day 11 you'll get an in-depth introduction to the delicious flavors that have conquered the world with a Thai cooking class. The next day is an excursion to Ayutthaya, the ruins of an ancient city that was one of the capitals of the Siamese Kingdom from the 14th-18th centuries. Then you'll hop an overnight train to northern Thailand and Chiang Mai, where on days 13 and 14 you'll tour ancient temples and visit an elephant sanctuary to see these incredible animals up close. Learn more 

Itinerary #5: Discover Vietnam & Cambodia

This multi-country itinerary is similar to the last except it swaps Thailand for Cambodia, an equally beautiful country home to Angkor Wat, the largest historic temple site in the world. 

Tour the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi to Hạ Long Bay Halong Bay
Day 4 Hạ Long Bay to Hanoi, Flight to Da Nang & Transfer to Hội An Hoi An
Day 5 Hội An City Tour, Boat Trip on the Thu Bồn River Hoi An
Day 6 Bicycle Eco-Tour & Cooking Class Hoi An
Day 7 Hội An Free Day Hoi An
Day 8 Hội An to Da Nang, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9 Củ Chi Tunnel, Ho Chi Minh City Tour Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10 Day Trip on the Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap
Day 12 Tour Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, & Angkor Wat Siem Reap
Day 13 Visit the Floating Village of Kampong Phluk Siem Reap
Day 14 Depart Siem Reap  

Spend the first few days enjoying Hanoi and its landmarks like West Lake, the 11th-century Temple of Literature, and the oldest municipal market in the city, Hang Be. After an overnight excursion to Hạ Long Bay, on day four you'll fly to Hội An for a trip down the Thu Bồn River and a visit to city cultural sites like the Phung Hung House, a Chinese trading house built in 1780. Day six is particularly special as you'll travel to a countryside market and pick up produce for a cooking class.

After a free day, you'll next fly to Ho Chi Minh city for a tour and a boat trip on the Mekong to the gardens and villages of the area. On day 11 you'll fly to Siem Riep. Located in northwest Cambodia, this town is adjacent to Angkor, once the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The next day you'll tour ruins like the temple complex of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, a city dating to the 12th century. The trip culminates with a visit to a floating village on nearby Tonlé Sap Lake. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in Vietnam - 5 Unique Itineraries
Map of 2 Weeks in Vietnam - 5 Unique Itineraries