As neighbors, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are a popular combo for Southeast Asia trips. Comprising the epitome of Southeast Asia, they are the top choice for family trips, anniversary milestones, and first visits.
Read on for 2-week itinerary suggestions for first-timers, families, and couples to make the most fulfilling use of 14 days in SE Asia.
Where to Go in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam
2 weeks is a good amount of time for first-timers to discover the iconic highlights of these three countries. For a comfortable tour pace, we recommend that you spend 6–7 days in Thailand, 3 days in Cambodia, and 4–6 days in Vietnam.
In Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai are two must-go cities. Two popular islands to consider are Phuket with kid-friendly water activities and Koh Samui for more romantic and high-end experiences.
In Vietnam, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay top the bucket list during most first visits. If time permits, you are suggested to visit Hoi An (for the ancient town), and Ho Chi Minh City (for war sites and the Mekong Delta).
In Cambodia, Siem Reap is not to be missed for its wonderful Angkor Wat temple complex. Phnom Penh, the capital, could be an excursion for a longer stay.
Seeing Bangkok with ease
In Bangkok, our tour guide, Ying, was wonderful. She navigated all the sights with ease, gave us interesting tidbits on Thai culture and history, helped us pick the right food at all the restaurants, and was just a pleasure to be around. We had a great time, and it was so nice to not have to worry about any of the details.More
Diane Elkins, Nov 2023
Thailand -insights, no stress and amazing team
My husband and my Thailand trip was fantastic, stress-free and educational thanks to the amazing team coordinated by Albee at Asia Highlights. The whole team was incredibly accessible, responsive, sensitive to our needs and lovely to work with. End-to-end, the trip was truly remarkable and the knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides and drivers made it especially memorable!More
AndrewsFamily, Oct 2023
Informative & Thorough / Thanks Sharon!
Sharon the advisor that helped me was so thorough & informative and explained the details of the tour including questions about visas and what is included vs what is not included in the tour packages. I would recommend them to explain tour packages that would fit the schedule of your pending travels.More
Chris, Sep 2023
Easy, fast responses
I worked directly with Monica in Asia Highlights. She was incredibly helpful and answered all of my questions quickly. Working with her made the whole process easy and we are so excited for our trip!More
Diana B, Sep 2023
Stress free Thailand
Alisa has organised our 14 day Thailand holiday for 2024 for my family & I. She has been very accommodating & super quick with all of our requests & we cannot wait for a stress free holiday! Thank you Alisa!More
Alana Mitchell, Sep 2023
Family Trip to Thailand-Cambodia
All of our guides were very nice and knowledgeable, but we have a special mention to our guide in Cambodia, Chan, he was very kind with us and it was very amusing. He went the extra mile for us. We really enjoyed our holidays!More
José Antonio Carrillo de la Pl, Sep 2023
Asia Highlights and Sharon
Asia Highlights, specifically Sharon, has been wonderfully helpful as we get ready for a 2024 excursion to Thailand. We are beyond excited, and much of that has to do with the personalized attention that we have experienced with Sharon. She has been extremely responsive, obliging, and focused as she helped us design a tailor made itinerary. All of our questions have been addressed, our needs have been met, and the path has now been set for a very exciting trip.... thanks to Sharon.More
Marcy Hoenig, Sep 2023
I was planning a trip to Thailand to…
I was planning a trip to Thailand to especially see the Lantern Festival this year for our birthdays!! It’s been on our bucket list, but we were completely lost on how to go about planning for our trip. We’ve never really booked tours before but Alisa was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, flexible and efficient in providing all the information we needed to make our decision on the best tours and tickets to purchase. Thank you so much!!More
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All of our guides were wonderful (Mr. Bank - Bangkok and Ms. Kai in Phuket & Khao Sok plus antoher guide who assisted in Koh Samui). Sharon took care of tours, private drivers, flights and hotels within Thailand and our trip went off without a hitch. The hotels were great and the transportation always arrived on time and with a clean,More
Guinevere Provance, Aug 2023
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Stephen Hollis, Aug 2023
Alisa has has been great to work with
Alisa with Asia Highlights has has been great to work with. Very friendly and responsive.More
Ana Rausch, Aug 2023
Using Sharon right now to book our…
Using Sharon right now to book our upcoming trip to Thailand. She has booked everything that we asked for. Has answered all of my inquiries, which has been many! Looking forward to having a great girls trip in ThailandMore
Tracy, Aug 2023
Thailand, Singapore, Bali
In Thailand, Tanny and Nori(Suparp), were both incredible! They were both fun, funny, and full of knowledge and made sure we got the full experience. They went the extra mile and always made sure we had cold bottled water and towels to cleanse our hands. In Singapore, Nicole was an absolute gem. She was so kind and knowledgeable and guided us in the right direction to make our day as enjoyable as possible. She helped us choose a top notch local lunch and coffee spot in China Town and taught us so much about the country! In Bali, Emon was an absolute joy. He was very knowledgeable and kind and absolutely made sure we were feeling comfortable and was willing to be flexible with us. He was fun to converse with and made our time traveling between destinations so enjoyable! I cannot recommend Asia Highlights enough! Accommodations, travel arrangements and guided tours were all a breeze.More
Cassi Thunker, Jul 2023
Very supportive ! I have received eticket for Sky Lattern Festival very fastMore
Chi?n Nguy?n Ng?c, Jul 2023
My experience in Chang Mai with Asia Highlights
I greatly enjoyed my experience with Asia Highlights for a trip I booked to Thailand.All of my interests were catered too. My guide in Chang Mai Gemma was excellent.I truly felt the soul of Thailand culture and Buddhism.More
Richard, Jul 2023
A pleasure to plan with
Well, this has been a painless and pleasurable process to find such a wonderful company. I had specific dates and places to be and Sharon worked with me diligently to refine the schedule and costs to suit my travel needs and budget. She informed me of a special tour on the dates I am to be in Thailand and I added that to my previous plans.More
Chris Williams, Jul 2023
Large multi-generational holiday in Thailand
The holiday was wonderful. Our guides, Mr Monchai (Bangkok), and Ms Tipagorn (Tippy) (Chiang Mai) were exceptional. Travelling in a large multigenerational group with many children requires patience and our guides truly understood that. Mr Monchai and Ms Tippy shared their extensive knowledge of the many wonderful places we visited, and were flexible to take us to additional places along the way based on discussions. While everyday was busy, having them greet us with patience and a smile truly made this a memorable holiday. The hotels we stayed at were equally wonderful and went above and beyond to celebrate not only my parents 50th anniversary but also celebrate 2 milestone birthdays that occurred. We will cherish this holiday for many years to come. We hope to use Asia Highlights again.More
CL, Jul 2023
I never used a travel agent in my life
I never used a travel agent in my life, but Sharon for Asia Highlights did a phenomenal job helping planning and coordination a family vacation. The best part of working with Sharon was that she maintained an open line of communication and provided answers to my question well within 12-24 hours. Additionally, Sharon was flexible and customized our vacation to my families needs. Overall great experience.More
Antione Barry, Jul 2023
Great company to plan a trip to Southeast Asia!
Sharon Haung has been wonderful to work with! Very patient and accommodating. Responds immediately given time change and is prepared, prompt, and professional.More
Debi Hinerfeld, Jul 2023
We took a 15 days trip (10 days Vietnam and 5 days Thailand …
It was an amazing experience the guides and drivers were there awaiting for us at each airoport for a transfer to the hotels also on time for all the tours all the guides were so lovely , very experienced and spoke very good English , one of the days on tour in Thailand I lost my phone in a temple in Bangkok mr chai went out of his way in a middle of thousands of visitors and managed to find an bring it back to me I found that amazing , also while on a trip I contacted Jason li out tour organizer few time via whatup and he replied and helped on the spot I recommend asiahilights 150% The quality of the service hotels the guides the drivers outstanding From start to finish ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT ????More
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2-Week First-Timers' Thailand–Cambodia–Vietnam Itinerary
For first-timers, we suggest focusing on the top highlights, such as the Grand Palace, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Angkor Wat, the Mekong Delta, and Ha Long Bay.
You could consider the following hand-picked first-timers'-favorites itinerary:
- Days 1–2: Bangkok, Thailand
- Days 3–5: Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Days 6-8: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay cruise, Vietnam
- Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Day 10: Mekong Delta, Vietnam
- Days 11–13: Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Day 14: Departure
Days 1–2: Bangkok
In Bangkok, 2 days are a good allocation to deal with jet lag and explore the city highlights.
Bangkok's majestic Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho are windows into Bangkok's history. Food hunting and long-tail boating are also not to be missed in Bangkok, as they make good activities to engage with your kids/partner.
Days 3–5: Chiang Mai
When traveling to Chiang Mai, flights of under 1½ hours are more comfortable than 10-hour trains or private road transfers.
A Chiang Mai trip is not complete without a foodie tour, the flower market, and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Usually, we'd suggest you have a city sightseeing day, visit an elephant sanctuary for a day, and enjoy some free time before an onward flight.
If you're travelling in November, the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong lantern festivals in Chiang Mai offer the perfect backdrop for romantic milestone trips.
Days 6–8: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay
Generally speaking, a classic north Vietnam trip always includes a Hanoi city tour and a 2-day overnight Ha Long Bay cruise. In Hanoi, the Old Quarter and water puppet show are best to see, especially for kids.
For iconic Ha Long Bay, 2 days is more advisable to escape the big-tour-group day-trip crowds on both ships and islands. With an overnight stay, you could enjoy water activities like swimming and kayaking, cave exploring, or floating village visits with your family or your beloved at a leisurely pace.
For a more private experience, contact us for a private houseboat for just your family or partner.
Days 9–10: Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta
To have a taste of Ho Chi Minh City's (even Vietnam's) defining moments, a day trip including the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum is essential.
A day trip to the Mekong Delta would bring you closer to Vietnam's most-idyllic rustic life and scenery, especially when meeting local farmers and seeing their floating market. If time permits, stay a night to catch the sunrise over the early-morning floating market or even take a week-long Mekong River cruise to Cambodia.
Days 11–13: Siem Reap, Cambodia
3 days in Siem Reap is required to appreciate the beauty of splendid Angkor Wat and visit a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake.
Our exclusive ox cart ride in the countryside and sunset cocktail on Tonle Sap Lake would add memorable moments to your trip.
This 14-day itinerary doesn't have any beach activities. If you would like some beach time, we could work in 3–5 days on Phuket or Koh Samui in Thailand. Please feel free to contact us to tailor a private itinerary for you. Check out our customizable 19-day itinerary.
2-Week Itinerary in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for Families
Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are good destinations for families of all ages, no matter whether you're celebrating a significant birthday or kids' graduations, etc.
This 14-day family trip itinerary has a relaxing tour pace and yet is packed with kid-friendly activities, especially the beach time in Phuket.
The outline and highlights below are for your inspiration:
- Days 1–4: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
- Days 5–7: Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Days 8–9: Bangkok, Thailand
- Days 10–11: Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Days 12–13: Phuket, Thailand
- Day 14: Departure
In Vietnam, food hunting in the Old Quarter and a water puppet show have made kids most excited about being in Hanoi. The 2-day Ha Long Bay cruise would give your family a relaxing time together. The cooking class on board, kayaking, and hidden cave exploration are great for family bonding.
In Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a must for something educational but also mysteriously beautiful. Taking an ox cart out onto the country roads would allow your children to discover exotic rustic life in a unique way.
In Thailand, you and your kids could walk, hug, bathe, and feed the elephants when visiting an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai! Then, refresh yourselves on stunning beaches in Phuket before returning home!
This itinerary could be tailor-made as per your schedule, interests, and budget. You could shorten this itinerary to 12 days (see our suggested 12-day itinerary)...
During the Christmas and New Year holidays, you could choose a 14-day budget-friendly mini-group tour (4–6 people) to lower the price in this peak season.
2-Week Itinerary in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam for Couples
For couples, we are experienced in customizing exclusive romantic moments, whether you want a private Ha Long Bay cruise, a sunset balloon ride over Angkor Wat, or high-end resorts in Koh Samui with private couple massages...
See the following itinerary outline and description of just some of its romantic opportunities:
- Days 1–4: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
- Days 5–6: Hoi An, Vietnam
- Days 7–9: Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Days 10–11: Bangkok, Thailand
- Days 12–13: Koh Samui, Thailand
- Day 14: Departure
In Vietnam, you are recommended to go to Ha Long Bay, take an overnight cruise, and watch the charming sunset and sunrise with your loved one.
You would probably also enjoy going to laid-back Hoi An Ancient Town, strolling around, having a riverfront sunset dinner, and releasing floating lanterns for making wishes the Vietnamese way at night.
In Siem Reap, a sunset balloon ride over Angkor Wat and a sunset cocktail near Tonle Sap Lake would help you to create a life-long memory.
In Thailand, what could be better than some free days in Koh Samui? Away from the chaotic beaches, partake in fine dining, quality couple massages, and luxury resorts with swim-up pool rooms, which are ideal for romantic trips.
If you come in November, add 2–3 days in Chiang Mai for the annual Yi Peng Sky Lantern Festival (one of the world's best mass lantern releases). This world-class visual feast will definitely bring color to your romantic trip.
How Much Does a 2-Week Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam Tour Cost?
Southeast Asia offers great value for money. A private tour in Southeast Asia is actually an affordable luxury, which would add exclusivity and convenience to your trip.
For a 2-Week Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam private tour, you would usually need to pay around US$200–250 per day per person (including airfares within Southeast Asia, 4-/5-star hotels, lunches, attractions, guides, and transfers). Kids below 10 would get around 30% to 50% discounts.
So, beyond the international flights from/to your country, a 2-week private trip would cost you about US$9,500–12,000 for a family trip with 2 adults and 2 kids. For a couple only, the cost would be around US$5,600–7,000.
How to Travel Between Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam?
For more international flight choices, you're suggested to land in Thailand and depart from Vietnam, or vice versa.
Once in Southeast Asia, you can travel between countries conveniently as they border each other. Flights are undoubtedly the most time-saving choice, although you could have a relaxing and romantic experience by taking a Mekong River cruise between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Are you feeling like it's a lot to organize on your own? Just let us know your (rough) travel dates and interests, and our expert would be happy to personalize a private tour for your consideration within 24 hours!
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