Vietnam and Cambodia are a popular combination for a Southeast Asia trip. They are adjacent and home to several bucket-list SE Asia attractions: the world-famous Ha Long Bay, the rustic Mekong Delta, mesmerizing Angkor Wat, and many more.
For a first visit, 2 weeks is ideal to get a good overview of Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam is much bigger than Cambodia and has more to explore, thus to get diverse experiences, you're suggested to spend more time in Vietnam.
Read on for some expert itinerary ideas for your trip, whether you're a family, a couple, or outdoor lovers.
2-Week Vietnam and Cambodia Itinerary for Families
Beyond the landmark sights, beach time and interactive activities are popular inclusions for a family trip, which add fun and relaxation and benefit family bonding.
Some outdoor activities have been included to keep your kids interested, especially teenagers, while iconic sights like majestic Angkor Wat are not to be missed for parents who like history and architecture. This itinerary aims to strike a family balance.
A classic route is suggested below for your inspiration: 11 days in Vietnam and 3 days in Cambodia.
- Days 1–2: Hanoi, Vietnam (1-hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, water puppet show)
- Days 3–5: Ha Long Bay (Trung Trang Cave, squid fishing, cooking class, biking around a rustic village near Ha Long Bay)
- Days 6–8: Da Nang with a day trip to Hoi An (beach time and ancient Hoi An)
- Days 9–11: Ho Chi Minh City with a day trip to the Mekong Delta (sampan excursion in the Mekong Delta, the Cu Chi Tunnels)
- Days 12–14: Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat, Apsara Dance Show, 1-hour sunset quad bike ride)
In Vietnam, you would travel from the north (Hanoi and Ha Long Bay) to the south (Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta).
For the most tranquil experience, we recommend a 3-day Ha Long Bay cruise for your family. Unlike the crowded day cruises or regular 2-day ones, with a 3-day cruise you would have time to explore and appreciate the most secluded, untouched waters of the bay.
Besides an amazing cave exploration in Ha Long Bay, we could also customize some exclusive experiences for your family, such as a foodie adventure in Hanoi, a walking tour through Hoi An, and a home visit in a Mekong Delta village.
In Cambodia, you would focus on discovering Siem Reap, home to the temple complex of Angkor Wat. The exotic Apsara Dance Show deserves a viewing, and the APOPO Rats that are trained for life-saving may interest your children, while the 1-hour sunset quad bike ride would be an exciting activity.
2-Week Vietnam-and-Cambodia Couples Itinerary
Couples, a luxury Mekong cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia could be just the one-of-a-kind experience for your (milestone) romantic trip. You'd explore the Mekong Delta in depth and at a slow pace with plenty of opportunity to enjoy private leisurely hours on board.
This 14-day itinerary carefully and romantically covers 2 days in Ho Chi Minh, a week-long luxury Mekong cruise, and 4 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Here is the well-organized itinerary for your reference. (Remember, we are always ready to customize a trip for you and your partner's preferences.)
- Days 1–2: Ho Chi Minh City (city tour with coffee experience, Cu Chi tunnels)
- Days 3–5: Mekong Cruise — the Vietnam section (floating markets, countryside visit by a motor trishaw)
- Days 6–10: Mekong Cruise — the Cambodia section (cyclo trip in Phnom Penh, blessing ceremony by local monks in Angkor Ban)
- Days 11–14: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat walking tour with a Khmer scholar, APOPO Rats)
Ho Chi Minh City is well-known for its bustling modern life and tragic war history. 2 days is enough to explore its main sights. For a deeper experience, we recommend our special cyclo tour including authentic Vietnamese food in hidden streets and browsing the flower markets.
Cruising the Mekong River could be the ideal centerpiece for your Vietnam and Cambodia trip. It would keep you away from the crowds and chaotic life, allowing for some quality time alone.
With just 14 rooms on the riverboat, you would enjoy more private service and couple activities including sunset cocktails, a sampan trip to a floating market, and an exotic blessing ceremony by local monks...
In Cambodia, no trip would be complete without Angkor Wat. You'll discover the depths of the temple complex mysteries with the help of a local scholar. We are experienced in creating romantic settings for special occasions, whether you want a sunset balloon ride, some couples' travel photography, or some other opportunity for memorable moments.
Insider's tip: If you're interested in a Mekong cruise, we suggest an early booking 6 months in advance, due to the high demand. Contact us to gain early-bird benefits!
2-Week Vietnam-and-Cambodia Outdoor-Lovers Itinerary
For active travelers, we suggest a trip to off-the-beaten-path Sapa in North Vietnam, a hiking paradise, alongside other iconic outdoor adventures: cave exploring and kayaking in Ha Long Bay, a biking tour in Hoi An, a sunset quad bike ride in Cambodia...
Check out the following itinerary for inspiration: 11 days in Vietnam and 3 days in Cambodia (mainly in Siem Reap)…
- Days 1–2: Hanoi (1-hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, water puppet show)
- Days 3–5: Sapa (hiking among ethnic villages, Mount Fansipan)
- Days 6–7: Ha Long Bay (cave exploring, kayaking, swimming)
- Days 8–9: Hoi An (biking around the countryside, basket boat tour, an evening foodie tour)
- Days 10–11: Ho Chi Minh City with a day trip to the Mekong Delta (a sampan ride on the delta waterways)
- Days 12–14: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat, Apsara Dance Show, 1-hour sunset quad bike ride)
During your 2 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia, you'd travel to Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap.
A rustic hidden gem, Sapa is one of Vietnam's highlights for outdoorsy travelers, which requires 2–3 days. Trekking in Sapa among rice terraces and mountains can be a great adventure for couples and families who enjoy hiking and exploring minority cultures.
After energetic outdoor activities on your 2-week trip, adding 3+ free days to relax on a beach would be the perfect way to top off your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Da Nang or Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam are suggested.
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How Much Does a 2-Week Vietnam and Cambodia Tour Cost?
A private tour in Vietnam and Cambodia can be an exclusive, stress-free, and affordable experience for both families and couples.
Generally, you would usually need to pay around US$200–250 per day per person (including airfares within Vietnam and Cambodia, 4-/5-star hotels, lunches, attractions, private guides, and private transfers). Kids below 10 would get around 30% to 50% discounts.
Thus, a typical private tour to Vietnam and Cambodia usually costs US$9,500–12,000 for a family trip with 2 adults and 2 kids, while a couple can expect to spend around US$5,600–7,000, excluding the cost of international flights to and from their home country.
Insider's Tips on Cost
The price usually fluctuates as the weather changes in SE Asia. Owing to the drier weather, you can expect the peak prices between November and April, especially around the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Early bookings a year beforehand would be ideal to secure the best deals.
If you want to travel with the best weather but don't want it to cost too much, inviting your friends or wider family could be a good idea to share the costs and also create wonderful memories together.
The lowest costs usually come from May to October, in the rainy season. Rarely with constant rainfall for even a whole day, travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia can still be fun-filled and mostly dry with a well-organized and flexible private rainy-season tour.
To balance the price and weather prospects, travelling just before or after the high season (late October and early May) is a wise choice for a compromise.
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