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2 Weeks/14 Days in Vietnam: Top 5 Itineraries (with map and Insider Tips)

2 Weeks/14 Days in Vietnam: Top 5 Itineraries (with map and Insider Tips)

By CindyUpdated Feb. 2, 2024

Vietnam is a vibrant and exciting destination that offers a little something for everyone. With two weeks to spend, you can explore the highlights of the country's history, culture, and natural beauty, from north to south.

From the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, to the historic towns of Hoi An and Hue, to the stunning scenery of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, a trip to Vietnam is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

In this article, we've rounded up the top four 2-week itineraries that have been well received by our clients, especially by families and couples, accompanied by some of our insiders' tips.

Itinerary 1: 14-Day Vietnam Classic Tour from South to North

For first-timers to Vietnam, the 14-Day Vietnam Classic Tour from South to North is a perfect journey to discover the country's popular landmarks and diverse culture. This itinerary has been designed to showcase the very best of Vietnam's rich history, breathtaking scenery, and mouth-watering cuisine.

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Here is the sample itinerary summary:

  • Day 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 3-4: Mekong Delta
  • Day 5-6: Hoi An
  • Day 7: Hue
  • Day 8: Hanoi
  • Day 9-10: Sapa
  • Day 11: Hanoi
  • Day 12-13: Halong Bay
  • Day 14: Departure

Starting from the modern metropolis city of Ho Chi Minh, you can immerse yourselves in Vietnam's dynamic atmosphere, experience traditional local living, and taste local food. From there, you'd venture south to the Mekong Delta to observe the daily life of the locals and visit floating markets.

Next, you'd travel to the central region of Vietnam to visit the charming town of Hoi An where you could learn traditional crafts such as lantern-making, or take a cooking class to learn how to prepare local delicacies. You could also take a sunset boat ride and release a lantern to make a wish.

The journey continues to the imperial city of Hue, where you would explore its UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed sites.

Subsequently, you'd take an overnight train to the mountain town of Sapa, where, deep in the lush rolling hills, you'd see spectacular rice terraces and discover ethnic minorities' way of life and unique traditions that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.

Finally, you would end the trip with the stunning natural scenery of Halong Bay, taking a relaxing cruise on tranquil emerald waters between towering limestone cliffs.

This itinerary offers a fantastic balance of culture, nature, and relaxation with plenty of unique experiences along the way. See the detailed itinerary.

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Itinerary 2: 14-Day Vietnam Tour for Families

This 14-day itinerary offers a blend of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and relaxation, making it ideal for a family trip, no matter whether it's to celebrate a birthday/graduation or to relax during spring break or summer vacation.

From cruising the tranquil waters of Halong Bay and exploring Vietnam's natural landscapes to immersing yourselves in the rich cultural heritage, tasting delicious Vietnamese cuisine, and more, this itinerary provides exciting and educational experiences for families with kids.

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Here is the sample itinerary in brief for your inspiration:

  • Day 1-2: Hanoi
  • Day 3: Ninh Binh
  • Day 4-5: Halong Bay
  • Day 6-7: Ho Chi Minh
  • Day 8-9: Mekong Delta
  • Day 10-11: Hoi An
  • Days 12–13: Da Nang
  • Day 14: Departure
Vietnam Family Holiday Tour Map

This itinerary offers a diverse and exciting exploration of Vietnam, beyond the popular tourist attractions.

Highlights of this trip include taking a boat trip to witness the bustling activity at a floating market in the Mekong Delta, taking an overnight Halong Bay cruise to explore unspoiled isles with kayaking and fishing village visits, and seeing the Cu Chi Tunnels while learning about Vietnam's wartime history.

In addition to visiting historical sites and natural landmarks, you will have the opportunity to experience unique aspects of Vietnam's culture, like taking a cyclo ride through the backstreets of Hanoi, exploring rural areas to learn about local farming and fishing techniques, and enjoying a foodie walk in Hoi An's old town.

Additionally, you will have several days relaxing by the beach at Da Nang.

Interested? See the detailed itinerary, which we can modify according to your interests and requirements.

Itinerary 3: 14-Day Vietnam Tour for Couples

This is a romantic 14-day Vietnam tour designed for retired couples celebrating their anniversary, a big birthday, or any milestone event. The trip would take you through various enchanting destinations like Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta.

This itinerary includes many unique activities that provide an opportunity for couples to connect with each other and with Vietnamese culture, creating unforgettable memories of any celebration.

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Here is a sample itinerary for inspiration:

  • Days 1–2: Hanoi Arrival, Hanoi City Tour
  • Day 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Day 5-6: Hoi An
  • Day 8-9: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Days 10–13: The Mekong Delta
  • Day 14: Departure

This 14-day Vietnam itinerary for couples begins in Hanoi, where you could take a cyclo ride through the backstreets of the Old Quarter and watch a traditional water puppet show.

Then, you would enjoy a more private Halong Bay cruise experience with only 3–5 cabins, allowing you to relax and enjoy a more intimate experience with your loved one. You would have gourmet meals served on board and a choice of activities, such as kayaking, swimming, or tai chi on deck.

In Hoi An, based on your interests, we can arrange many unique experiences to celebrate a special occasion, such as a sunset boat tour, where you can watch the sunset over Hanoi's skyline while enjoying a romantic dinner.

In addition, a foodie tour in Hoi An would take you to explore Hoi An's vibrant food culture by sampling local street food. Your guide would help you find the must-tries. You would also have the option of having your own ao dai traditional Vietnamese dress tailormade.

After exploring central Vietnam's World Heritage at Hoi An, to complete the trip, you would board a luxury private boat to explore the Mekong Delta. During the 2-night voyage, you would experience the region's natural beauty and visit the floating markets and villages that line the waterways, enjoying more intimate time together in quaint and tranquil surroundings.

Contact us to have a couple's Vietnam itinerary tailor-made for you.

Itinerary 4: 14-Day Classic Vietnam and Thailand Tour

Perfect for first-time travelers exploring Southeast Asia on a two-week vacation, this classic itinerary seamlessly blends authentic local experiences in Vietnam with laid-back relaxation in Thailand. Discover must-see attractions in both countries and make the most of your journey.

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Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration:

  • Day 1-2: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Days 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Days 5-6: Hoi An
  • Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Days 8-9: Mekong Delta
  • Days 10-11: Bangkok, Thailand 
  • Days 12-14: Phuket 
Classic Vietnam and Thailand Tour Map

This comprehensive journey takes you from the vibrant streets of Hanoi to the serene beauty of Halong Bay, the historic charm of Hoi An, the bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City, the lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta, the cultural richness of Bangkok, and the idyllic beaches of Phuket.

For families, engage in a lantern-making workshop in Hoi An or enjoy a family-friendly cooking class in Bangkok, creating lasting memories together.

Couples can embark on a romantic cruise through Halong Bay, stroll hand-in-hand through the charming streets of Hoi An, and indulge in a private beach getaway in Phuket. Tailored activities, such as spa retreats or bicycle tours, cater to the interests and preferences of both families and couples.

Tailor this 14-day adventure to suit your interests and preferences, ensuring a personalized and memorable journey through Vietnam and Thailand.

Itinerary 5: 14-Day Vietnam Adventure Tour

This 2-week tour is designed to offer a thrilling adventure experience for couples and families, with exciting activities and beautiful landscapes, while exploring the culture and history of Vietnam.

The most beautiful cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang
The most beautiful cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Here is a sample itinerary for your inspiration:

  • Day 1-2: Hanoi
  • Day 3-4: Halong Bay
  • Day 5: Dong Hoi
  • Day 6-7: Hue
  • Day 8-9: Hoi An City Tour
  • Day 10-11: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 12-13: Mekong Delta
  • Day 14: Departure

On this tour, you would start by exploring Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, before heading to picturesque Halong Bay. Go on a kayaking adventure to get up close to the stunning limestone cliffs, hidden caves, and turquoise waters.

Next, you'd fly to Dong Hoi to explore the Tu Lan or Phong Nha Caves, some of the largest caving networks in the world, where you can trek through underground rivers, caverns, and waterfalls.

You'd then head to history-filled Hue for a walking tour of the Imperial Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tombs of the Nguyen Emperors.

Journey on Hoi An over the scenic Hai Van Pass, with an optional motorbike ride that offers breathtaking views of the Vietnam coast and countryside. In Hoi An, you can have some leisurely experiences, such as an evening foodie tour and a sunset boat ride.

After that, you'd fly to Ho Chi Minh City, where you would have a city tour before traveling to Can Tho. There, you'd experience the Mekong Delta with a canal boat adventure to explore the floating markets, fruit orchards, and charming villages.

This tour can be customized to cater to your desired pace, budget, and preferences.

How Much Is a 2-Week Trip to Vietnam?

Vietnam is a budget-friendly destination for travelers. For the same amount of money that you would spend on a small meal at a mediocre restaurant in Western countries, you can enjoy a delicious Vietnamese meal that will leave you satisfied. Here are the costs for a private tour based on 2 travelers:

Based on 4-star hotels, the cost for a private tour is about US$200–250 USD per day per person (including airfares in Vietnam, accommodation, lunch, entrance fees for attractions, tour guides, and transfers).

Based on 5-star or higher hotels, the cost is about US$250–350 per day per person (including all the above).

Advance bookings for transport, accommodation, and tours can often save you money, especially if you are travelling during holiday seasons like Christmas and New Year, for which you should book at least 3 months in advance.

How to Get around Vietnam?

Domestic flights are the most convenient and time-saving way to travel if you plan to visit different regions of Vietnam. Domestic flights operate between major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue, and Nha Trang.

A private car with a driver is the best option for traveling between nearby cities. It provides the most flexibility, privacy, and comfort for you.

Booking a private tour with us guarantees you the most comfortable and hassle-free experience throughout Vietnam. Our team of experts will take care of all your transportation needs, from airport transfers and long-distance travel to exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations. Just need to sit back and enjoy your trip!

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Whether you want to celebrate a birthday, a honeymoon, a retirement, or just have an unforgettable vacation, we can help you make it extraordinary. Our team of experienced planners will work with you to design a personalized itinerary that meets your specific needs and preferences. We can organize everything from unique experiences that showcase Vietnam's culture, history, and natural beauty to incredible culinary experiences that will tantalize your taste buds.

Contact us and we'll tailor-make a tour for you.

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