Bespoke 2 weeks Thailand and Vietnam trip to uncover South East Asia finest

Delve into an adventure of a lifetime through a bespoke 2-week adventure through the heart of Southeast Asia, unveiling the finest treasures of Thailand and Vietnam. In this carefully crafted journey, delve into vibrant cultures, marvel at ancient temples, and witness breathtaking landscapes, all tailored to your preferences. This personalized expedition guarantees an immersive encounter with the rich tapestry of these two diverse nations. 

From the bustling markets of Bangkok to the serene beauty of Halong Bay, immerse yourself in the unique charm of each destination. Join us on this extraordinary 2 weeks Thailand and Vietnam trip, where every moment is curated to create memories that resonate with your travel desires.

2 weeks in Thailand and Vietnam – Ultimate Southeast Asia adventure

Highlights of Vietnam and Thailand 15-day tour

Explore the delightful distinctions and shared wonders of Vietnam and Thailand on a journey crafted for you, your family, or friends. Navigate the enchanting landscapes of both nations, where our recommended 2 week itinerary Thailand and Vietnam promises a surprising blend of culture, nature, and beach bliss. Feel the vibrant pulse of Hanoi and Bangkok’s bustling metropolises before the serene allure of Hue, Hoi An, and Chiang Mai offers a retreat into tranquil nature and captivating architecture. Conclude your adventure with the majestic splendor of Ha Long Bay, a haven of relaxation amidst the captivating seascape. As you shape your perfect holiday, let this guide inspire and unfold the possibilities awaiting you.

Day 1: Hanoi

Situated in the heart of the scenic Red River delta, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, seamlessly blends old-world charm with contemporary vibrancy, making it an ideal starting point for your 2 weeks in Thailand and Vietnam adventure.

Upon landing at Noi Bai International Airport, you’ll smoothly navigate through immigration procedures, transitioning to your Hanoi hotel. Nestled in the charming ambiance of Hanoi, your overnight stay marks the commencement of an unforgettable journey, promising exploration through the enchanting city and beyond.

Day 2: Hanoi

Hanoi Ta Hien street
Hanoi Ta Hien street

Commence your day with a flavorsome breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, setting the stage for enhanced stamina and energy. Join your tour guide in the lobby at 8:30 for a comprehensive day exploring Hanoi’s ancient architectures, delightful cuisine, and scenic landscapes. Begin at Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho proclaimed the birth of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Explore historical sites like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s stilt house, and the one-pillar pagoda. After a short drive to the outskirts, delve into the fascinating Museum of Ethnology, marveling at its scientific layout showcasing the cultural richness of each ethnic group.

Lunchtime features the renowned Hanoian specialty, Chả Cá, a blend of fresh noodles, grilled fish, sweet and sour sauce, and fresh vegetables. Visit the eco-friendly Hidden Gem Coffee Shop for traditional Vietnamese coffee. Explore the Temple of Literature, visit Long Bien Bridge, and enjoy a cyclo tour through 36 streets of Hanoi Old Quarter. The day concludes with a street food tour, unveiling the beauty of Vietnamese culture through its diverse cuisine. This culinary adventure promises surprises in both ingredients and flavors, showcasing the essence of Vietnam’s lifestyle and culture. Dietary requirements are accommodated with prior notice to the guide.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Discover the mesmerizing landscape of Halong Bay, where limestone islands emerge dramatically from the emerald waters, creating an iconic Vietnamese vista. Opt for a convenient shuttle bus to reach Halong, a gateway to this natural wonder. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Port, a warm welcome awaits with a refreshing drink and a comprehensive cruise briefing. Board the cruise and savor a Vietnamese set menu lunch as you embark on an afternoon cruise through scenic spots like the Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, and Fighting Cock. Explore the remarkable Surprise Cave, among Halong Bay’s most stunning grottoes. Evening activities include a fruit and vegetable carving lesson, traditional Vietnamese cuisine, and options like massages, board games, and guided squid fishing.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Ha Long Bay Tai Chi Class
Ha Long Bay Tai Chi Class

Awaken early to witness the breathtaking sunrise at one of the world’s wonders. Delightful breakfast options await you in the cruise dining room. Savor a delicious spread of food, complemented by coffee, tea, and tempting cakes to energize you for the day! Join a soothing 30-minute Tai Chi session on the sundeck, guided by our expert instructor. This morning’s highlight includes a boat ride to Titov Island, where you’ll have approximately an hour for swimming and climbing. Reach the island’s summit for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay. Following the Titov Island adventure, return to the cruise for a hearty lunch before heading back to the mainland. While docking at Tuan Chau port, relish the magnificent beauty of HaLong Bay from the sundeck.

Upon reaching Tuan Chau, transfer to Noi Bai airport. Today, take a one-hour flight to Hue to continue your journey. Upon landing at Phú Bài airport, transfer to your comfortable hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the charms of Hue.

Day 5: Hue

Following breakfast, transport 8 km eastward to explore the scenic countryside of Thanh Thuy. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local market, where the daily hustle and bustle unfolds. Engage with locals, gaining insights into their unique culture, while our guide showcases the market’s diverse offerings. Adjacent lies the quaint 300-year-old Tile-Roofed Bridge of Thanh Toan and an agricultural and fishing tools museum. A leisurely walk from the market brings you to these attractions.

Returning to Hue city center, embark on a 2-hour exploration of the centuries-old imperial city, marveling at its grand architecture and gardens. Our guide narrates captivating stories about the Nguyen Dynasty as you traverse this historical site. The morning unfolds with a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, an ancient beauty nestled along the poetic Perfume River. Post-lunch, venture to the outskirts to explore the royal tomb of King Khai Dinh, showcasing a fusion of Western and Eastern architectural styles. Continue to King Tu Duc’s royal tomb, where the majestic and symmetrical design captivates. Our guide imparts insights into Feng Shui and its influence on royal life. En route back to the hotel, pause to visit two traditional rural villages known for conical hats and incense sticks. Anticipate returning to the hotel by approximately 5:00 pm.

Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to Hue train station to embark on a scenic 3-hour journey to Da Nang. Traverse a diverse landscape, from bustling streets to tranquil villages and expansive rice fields. The train ride offers picturesque views, hugging the mountainside with glimpses of the vast sea below. Upon arrival at Da Nang train station, proceed to the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An, making a stop to explore Marble Mountain, known for its Buddhist pagodas and Champa civilization remnants.

In Hoi An, relish a delectable lunch and check into your hotel. The afternoon unfolds with a leisurely city tour, visiting UNESCO landmarks, ancient temples, and community halls. Engage in a lantern-making experience with a local family, crafting your colorful lantern guided by a skilled artisan. The day concludes with a visit to the serene Tea House, an oasis in bustling Hoi An. Delight in Vietnamese Tea Tasting, choosing from Green, Oolong, Jasmine, or Organic Herbal tea varieties served with matching cookies, all in the peaceful ambiance of a tastefully decorated ancient house.

Day 7: Hoi An 

Hoi An and Fukien essembly hall
Hoi An and Fukien essembly hall

Spend the morning in leisure before a 2:00 PM orientation walk through the captivating town of Hoi An. This guided tour provides insight into the town’s history, exploring a well-preserved centuries-old private house, the Sa Huynh Museum, and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda.

The latter part of the morning features a hands-on lantern-making experience. With the guidance of a skilled instructor, choose vibrant silks, construct a bamboo frame, and craft your lantern—a creative souvenir for your journey home. Dinner is at your discretion, and we recommend a romantic sunset dinner with Cinnamon Cruise to savor Hoi An’s enchanting moments.

Day 8: Hoi An

Cham Island Scuba Diving

Savor a leisurely day in Hoi An, where relaxation is at the forefront. Bask by your resort pool, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage, facial, or pedicure.

For the more adventurous, consider the following optional activities:

  • Option 1: Enjoy an easy cycling adventure paired with a delightful half-day cooking tour.
  • Option 2: Embark on a full-day exploration of Cham Island.
  • Option 3: Discover the cultural richness of the My Son UNESCO World Heritage Site on a half-day tour.
  • Option 4: Experience the enchanting Ba Na Hills and the iconic Golden Bridge on a full-day excursion.

Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Bangkok

Indulge in a morning exploration of the charms of Hoi An until your noon check-out. The afternoon marks your journey to Da Nang International Airport for a 1-hour and 45-minute flight to Bangkok. Upon landing at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, settle into a downtown hotel.

Venture into the vibrant nightlife of Bangkok in a distinctive way. Instead of conventional options, opt for a rice barge dinner cruise, offering a unique perspective. Step aboard the Manohra Cruise, exuding nostalgia with its traditional Thai rice barge design. Traverse the gentle Chao Phraya River, relishing views of landmarks like Wat Arun Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace. In just 2 hours, create unforgettable memories immersed in the authentic atmosphere of this iconic river.

Day 10: Bangkok

Bangkok tuktuk

Following a delightful breakfast at the hotel, your exploration of Bangkok commences. Your initial destination is Wat Traimit, home to the world’s largest Golden Buddha statue (3m high, weighing 5.5 tons, carved in solid gold). Next, venture to Wat Pho to marvel at the immense reclining Buddha statue, symbolizing Buddha’s entry into Nirvana. A mere 800m away lies the iconic Grand Palace, a dazzling testament to Bangkok’s grandeur and a must-visit landmark.

As evening descends, what better way to conclude a day of sightseeing than embarking on a culinary adventure by Tuk Tuk? Boarding the Tuk Tuk at Sam Yan MRT with our expert guide, your first stop is a Northeastern Thai restaurant, featuring delectable dishes like spicy raw papaya salad, deep-fried crispy catfish with spicy sauce, spicy pork salad, and spicy pork meatballs—a true immersion into the region’s unique cuisine.

Don’t miss the renowned crispy chicken noodle dish at the next stop, where you can opt for runny or well-cooked eggs. If a digestion break is in order, take a leisurely stroll to the flower market or the nearby Wat Pho temple. For those still eager to explore Thai cuisine, Bangkok’s best Pad Thai awaits. Concluding the night’s gastronomic journey is a visit to a local rooftop bar offering stunning views of the Chao Phraya River, where you can enjoy a refreshing beer or soft drink. Viland Travel ensures your evening is a blend of culinary delights and memorable vistas.

Day 11: Bangkok

Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok
Bangkok Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok

Start your day with an early breakfast at the hotel. By 7:00 am,  journey to Southern Ratchaburi Province, covering a distance of 90km in approximately 1.5 hours. En route, traverse Samut Songkhram, Thailand’s primary region for salt production directly from the sea. The highlight of your morning will be a visit to the world-famous MaeKlong railway market, an intriguing spectacle where vendors swiftly clear their stalls as a train passes through.

Continuing your adventure, a 20km drive north takes you to the iconic Damnoen Saduak floating market. Roam along the canal, absorbing the lively atmosphere of commerce. Embark on a boat to navigate the canals and backwaters, immersing yourself in the authentic countryside ambiance and the aroma of market delicacies. Capture picturesque moments as merchants offer an array of food, fruit, and local products. Following the floating market, your boat journey unveils the scenic Southern Ratchaburi Province, featuring distant villages, gardens, and plantations. Concluding your canal exploration, you’ll return to the pier, reunite with your private driver, and head back to your Bangkok hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city.

Day 12: Bangkok – Chiang Mai

In the morning, head to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the Old Town area. After a delightful lunch, embark on a half-day city tour.

At 13:30, ascend to the Gold Temple atop the mountain via a gondola. Inside the main temple, a stunning golden spire takes center stage amidst historical murals, shrines, and statues. Explore the complex, featuring a replica of the Emerald Buddha statue. Outside, discover the Shine of the White Elephant, a viewing terrace, colossal gongs, a wall of bells, and more. Descend the Naga Serpent staircase with 309 steps to continue with your adventure. Return to downtown Chiang Mai to visit the Three Kings Monuments and the Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center. Please note that the Chiang Mai Arts & Culture Center is closed on Mondays and during the Songkran Festival. Operating hours from Tuesday to Sunday are 8:30-17:00. Remember to dress respectfully and remove your shoes when inside the main temple. Shoe racks are available for your convenience, or you can stow them in your backpack.

Day 13: Chiang Mai

Chiangmai Akha hill tribes
Chiangmai Akha hill tribes

Commence your journey to Doi Inthanon National Park at 7:00 am, nestled in the famed Himalayan region. Ascend to the summit of Doi Inthanon and be captivated by panoramic views of the lush wilderness, where clouds, rivers, and waterfalls create a mesmerizing tapestry. Marvel at the vibrant avian life, including green-tailed sunbirds, oriental magpie-robins, orioles, and pigeons against the backdrop of the sky. Traverse picturesque trails flanked by ancient trees and exotic flora. Recharge at Sirithan Falls, relishing a delectable lunch amid misty waterfalls and verdant surroundings resonating with birdsong. Proceed to Wachirathan Falls, the park’s second-largest waterfall, cascading 60–80 meters down rocky peaks—a sight worth lingering for.

Conclude your adventure with a visit to the King & Queen pagodas atop the mountain. Stand on the wooden bridge, absorbing the graceful architecture and the serene reflection in the calm lake, evoking a sense of tranquility. After a day immersed in the serene beauty of Doi Inthanon, return to Chiang Mai downtown by van, anticipating arrival at your hotel around 17:30. The evening is yours to wander the Old Quarter freely.

Day 14: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai beautiful landscape view rice terraces house

Experience a day of caring and learning with Patara’s Baby Elephant program—an ideal journey focusing on the well-being of pregnant elephants and mothers with their babies. Immerse yourself in the conservation philosophy of “The Elephant Conservation In Action,” actively participating in their daily healthcare routine. This includes health inspections, feeding, walking with the elephants for exercise, and bathing. Witness the elephants’ natural interactions within their families in a serene environment. The knowledgeable staff at Patara will share insights into their daily care. Notably, this trip emphasizes ethical treatment, omitting elephant rides and making it suitable for everyone, especially families, children, and animal enthusiasts.

Day 15: Chiang Mai

Following a delightful last breakfast in Chiang Mai, you’ll have a leisurely morning to unwind and venture out on your own. Afterward , you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departure flight, marking the conclusion of your Thailand and Vietnam 2 weeks itinerary.

Final thoughts

Embark on a bespoke 2-week Thailand and Vietnam adventure to delve into the finest of Southeast Asia. Uncover the heart and soul of these vibrant nations with a personalized journey that caters to your preferences. Viland Travel’s customized tours, like the “Highlights of Vietnam and Thailand 15 days tour“, promise an immersive experience. 

From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene landscapes of Vietnam, this itinerary is a curated exploration of diverse cultures, ancient wonders, and breathtaking scenery. Make your journey uniquely yours, ensuring every moment reflects your desires and preferences. 

Let Viland Travel be your guide on this tailor-made odyssey through the enchanting tapestry of Thailand and Vietnam.