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Southeast Asia Itinerary for 2 Weeks 2024 (Tailored for Beginners)

By Chris QuanUpdated Apr. 17, 2024

A 2-week duration is an ideal length for touring two or three countries and truly experiencing the essence of Southeast Asia. Where to go and what to experience? In this article, we will share five popular itineraries.

Our seasoned team of experts, having extensive experience in curating personalized itineraries, is prepared to transform your dream Southeast Asian adventure into a seamless reality.

Which Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia in 2 Weeks

Top Destinations in Southeast Asia and How Long to Spend

For a 2-week trip to Southeast Asia, we recommend you visit two or three countries. The most popular destinations are Thailand, Vietnam, Bali (Indonesia), Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos. 

If you're interested in immersing yourself in culture while enjoying some beach relaxation, a combination of Thailand plus Vietnam or Cambodia is highly recommended for first-timers.

For those not inclined towards beach activities, a combination of Vietnam and Cambodia offers a rich cultural experience.

If you aim to see as much as possible within your limited time, consider combining Thailand and Vietnam, and optionally visit one more smaller country such as Cambodia, Myanmar, or Laos in one comprehensive tour.

Alternatively, for a leisurely island tour or a romantic celebration, Indonesia, primarily Bali, can be included in your 14-day trip.

Let us know your interests and requirements, and our travel advisor can tailor-make a tour for you, whether it's an annual trip or a milestone celebration such as a birthday or anniversary.

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Itinerary #1: 2-Week to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam (Time-Smart)

Our carefully curated 2-Week Best of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam itinerary is a fusion of cultural richness, historical wonders, and breathtaking landscapes. It's the most chosen route for first-time travelers to Southeast Asia, offering an ideal glimpse into the best of the region's three most popular countries within a limited timeframe.

Over 14 days, you will delve into the vibrant energy of Hanoi, Vietnam, cruise along the enchanting Halong Bay, and explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City and the serene Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of Siem Reap, Cambodia, and be captivated by the modern allure of Bangkok, Thailand. Concluding your adventure in the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, this itinerary promises an unforgettable exploration of the diverse and captivating treasures these three countries have to offer.

Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration: 

  • Days 1-2: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Days 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Days 5-6: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta
  • Days 7-9: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Days 10-11: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Days 12-14: Chiang Mai
Southeast Asia Tour Map

Days 1-6: Vietnam

In Hanoi, you will explore Hanoi's top attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature. Take a cyclo ride through central Hanoi, experiencing the lively streets of the Old Quarter. End with a captivating water puppet performance depicting rural life and national history.

A Halong Bay cruise offers a serene experience amid breathtaking limestone karsts and islets. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, Vietnamese cuisine, and activities like kayaking and cycling. Witness stunning sunrises and sunsets, explore caves, and visit floating villages. 

In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll explore iconic landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and Cu Chi Tunnels. Dive into the city's rich history at the War Remnants Museum and savor Vietnamese flavors during a local culinary experience. 

Venture on a day trip to the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the picturesque waterways, visiting floating markets and traditional villages.

Days 7-9: Cambodia 

Continue your adventure with 3 awe-inspiring days in Cambodia. Marvel at the grandeur of Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world, take an ox cart ride through the country roads, and enjoy a sunset cocktail by Tonle Sap Lake.

Days 10-14: Thailand

In Bangkok, start your day with the morning chanting ritual at Wat Pho, one of the oldest temples. Take a tuk tuk to the Grand Palace via Pak Khlong Talat flower market. Walk to the pier for a long-tail boat ride through Thonburi's canals, passing Wat Arun. Explore Old Bangkok in Chinatown for an authentic local experience.

In Chiang Mai, accompanied by our local guide, you will uncover the secrets of Thai cuisine with a cooking class, wander through the colorful night markets, and encounter the lovely elephants.

Our tours can be adjusted. We can customize a unique tour for you based on your interests and needs.

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Itinerary #2: 14-Day Classic Vietnam and Thailand Tour (Most Popular Two Countries)

Our 2-week classic Vietnam and Thailand itinerary is specially designed for travelers taking a first trip to Asia for a 2-week vacation. It is a well-received combination of local life experiences in Vietnam and relaxation in Thailand.

From bustling cities and floating markets to historic sites and natural wonders, and from superlative landscapes to atmospheric temples, Thailand and Vietnam have it all!

Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration: 

  • Days 1-2: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Days 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Days 5-6: Hoi An
  • Days 7-9: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta
  • Days 10-11: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Days 12-14: Phuket
Classic Vietnam and Thailand Tour Map

Days 1-9: Vietnam

Begin in Hanoi, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern energy. Discover the city's historical treasures, taste its mouthwatering cuisine, and get lost in the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. Next, cruise through the breathtaking limestone formations of Halong Bay.

Continuing your journey, arrive in the charming city of Hoi An, famous for its UNESCO-listed Ancient Town. Try a basketboat ride and learn how to fish using traditional methods.

Conclude your Vietnam visit in the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, where you will witness the vibrant blend of colonial history and modern development, and delve into the poignant history of the Vietnam War.

Days 10-14: Thailand

Begin your Thai adventure in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, where ancient temples, lively markets, and tantalizing street food await.

From Bangkok, head to the tropical paradise of Phuket where pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and awe-inspiring landscapes await. Indulge in the island's serene beauty, relax on its sandy beaches, and immerse yourself in its vibrant nightlife and dining scene.

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Itinerary #3: 2-Week Vietnam and Cambodia Tour (Best for Summer Vacation)

Vietnam and Cambodia perfectly blend educational opportunities, rich outdoor adventures, and relaxation in rustic settings. This 14-day journey is brilliant for a family eager to spend quality time together this summer holiday. 

Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration: 

  • Days 1-3: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Days 4-5: Halong Bay
  • Day 6: Hoi An
  • Days 7-9: Da Nang
  • Days 10-11: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta
  • Days 12-14: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Days 1-11: Vietnam

You would journey from Vietnam's north to its south. In the north, gain insight into Hanoi through a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and a water puppet show. Then embark on a 3-day Halong Bay cruise, exploring untouched areas of water and engaging in various outdoor activities.

Continuing your relaxing trip to Central Vietnam, you would discover the ancient town of Hoi An and unwind on the sandy beaches of Da Nang.

You would conclude your Vietnam adventure in the south, experiencing the bustling modern life of Ho Chi Minh City, walking underground through the Cu Chi Tunnels, and witnessing the beauty of the Mekong Delta.

Days 12-14: Cambodia

In Cambodia, you would focus on Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat. Ride a quad bike, witness an unbeatable sunset at the temple complex, and be enchanted by the mesmerizing Apsara Dance Show.

For a touch of romance, you could indulge in our 2-week Vietnam and Cambodia Luxuray Cruise Tour with a Mekong River cruise to link the two countries.

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Itinerary #4: 14-Day Thailand and Vietnam Family Tour

This 14-day Thailand and Vietnam tour is specially designed for families. It's a perfect blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. From the bustling cities of Hanoi and Bangkok to the picturesque Halong Bay, vibrant Chiang Mai, relaxing Phuket, and dynamic Phi Phi Island, we will ensure a satisfied family escapade.

Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration: 

  • Day 1: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Day 2: Ninh Binh
  • Days 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Day 5: Fly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Days 6-8: Chiang Mai
  • Days 9-11: Phuket
  • Days 12-14: Bangkok
Southeast Asia Tour Map

Days1-5: Vietnam - Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Halong Bay

  • Day 1-2: Begin your family adventure in Vietnam with an overnight cruise in Halong Bay. Enjoy a family-friendly experience with a private balcony and complete onboard facilities, overlooking the stunning karst landscape.
  • Day 3: Dive into Hanoi's soul with a street food adventure, exploring the city's vibrant culinary scene.
  • Day 4: Traverse Vietnam's longest tunnel cave in Ninh Binh, appreciating the awe-inspiring karst landscape on a rowing boat.
  • Day 5: Immerse the whole family in the enchantment of a private water puppet show in Hanoi, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam. Then, fly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Days 6-14: Thailand - Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok

  • Days 6-8: In Chiang Mai, get close to elephants in their natural habitat, engaging in sustainable interactions in a less-crowded sanctuary. Hike in Doi Inthanon National Park, surrounded by mesmerizing views of majestic mountains and waterfalls in Chiang Mai.
  • Days 9-11: Explore Phi Phi Island on a private charter speedboat for family fun in Phuket, discovering pristine beaches and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.
  • Days 12-14: Hear the monks chanting at the oldest temples in Bangkok. Unfold the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok, immersing yourselves in the lively atmosphere and vibrant colors of the market's diverse array of products. This cultural exploration concludes your family tour in Thailand.

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Itinerary #5: 2-Week to Singapore and Bali (Rainy Season Retreats)

Escape to Singapore and Bali between April and October for SE Asia's best weather, when most Southeast Asian countries are experiencing their rainy season.

Our 14-day tour, balancing between adventure and relaxation, is perfect for couples and families.

Singapore and bali map

Days 1-6: Singapore

Besides the futuristic city skylines, you could dive into the diverse culinary scene and wander through vibrant neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India.

A foodie adventure is a great way to meet locals and get a glimpse of local life. For celebrations, enjoy a drink at the stylish Lantern rooftop bar.

For active travelers, you could cycle around Singapore's rustic Pulau Ubin island and take in Sentosa's exciting theme parks.

Days 7-14: Bali

Typically, Ubud and beach getaways are prioritized on a Bali trip's bucket list.

In Ubud, you could immerse yourself in Bali's culture from ancient temples and engaging cooking classes to relaxing yoga experiences. If you're seeking more thrilling experiences, consider trekking through rice terraces, cycling through fields, or venturing into the jungle.

When it comes to beaches, Seminyak, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua are popular choices. Seminyak typically caters to party lovers with its top-rated beach bars, while Uluwatu exudes romance and luxury, featuring a serene atmosphere. If you're traveling with kids, Nusa Dua is a perfect choice with family-friendly resorts and abundant water activities.

Join us on this unforgettable journey, where we handle all the details, allowing you to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Suggested reading: How to Plan a Trip to Singapore and Bali.

Itinerary #6: 2-Week to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos (Indochina's Heartbeat)

Our 14-day tour will take you to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos to discover a more rustic and religious side of Southeast Asia. This meticulously curated tour, spanning across diverse landscapes and ancient cultures, is designed to captivate both couples seeking romantic getaways and families in pursuit of shared adventures.

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Days 1-8: Vietnam

  • Hanoi: 2 days
  • Halong Bay: 2 days
  • Hoi An: 2 days
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 1 day
  • Mekong Delta: 1 day

From the historic charm of Hanoi to the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, the bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City to the serene beauty of the Mekong Delta, each destination offers a unique glimpse into Vietnam's history and modern vibrancy.

Delve into the local cuisine, stroll through ancient streets, and cruise along the Mekong River, creating moments that resonate with both romance and family bonding.

Days 9-10: Cambodia

  • Siem Reap: 2 days

You would spend three enriching days exploring the wonders of this ancient kingdom. Discover the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, marvel at the intricate temples of Siem Reap, and connect with the warmth of Cambodian hospitality.

Days 11-14: Laos

  • Luang Prabang: 4 days

Spend 4 days to uncover the tranquil beauty and spiritual allure of Laos. In Luang Prabang, witness the morning alms giving, visit the morning market, go to Xieng Thong Temple and the Royal Palace Museum — the top representatives of Laos's temples and history, and meet friendly ethnic minority people by visiting some local villages.

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