Vietnam & Cambodia Biking
- Exclusive access to an ancient Hanoi temple rarely visited by foreign travelers
- Hoi An: Vietnam's oldest town, beautifully preserved and a delight to explore
- A sunset from atop the Angkor Wat ruins: an unforgettable sight!
- Explore the historic monuments of Hué, once the capital of imperial Vietnam
- You're in for a treat - savor some of the most delicious cuisine in Asia
Old Indochina from Hanoi to Angkor Wat
Asking "Why Indochina?" is like asking why you ride. Is it the anticipation of what's around the corner? The exhilaration of a place you've never been? Maybe it's the serenity of a quiet footpath that's 2,000 years old. Or experiencing Hoi An, a 2nd-century fishing village that now blends modern luxury with its dynamic history. How about the fun of passing rice paddies in a blur of speed? Or stopping at an open-air market and haggling with locals? Perhaps touching the ethereal ruins of Angkor with your own hands. Everything that's exhilarating about biking makes the ride in Vietnam and Cambodia just such an incredible adventure.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Biking in an Emerging WorldYour journey through Vietnam and Cambodia will probably be unlike any other travel experience. The people you'll meet and places you'll visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. As wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in this region, it's not always easy. These are developing countries and even something as simple as crossing the road can be a challenge.
Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. Of course, we can't remove haze and noise from the air, or replace a poorly maintained road. But if you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Days 1-2 Indulge in some of Asia's freshest and tastiest cuisine On foot and via bicycle rickshaw, explore the city's bustling neighborhoods; with its treelined boulevards, French Colonial architecture, lakes and parks, Hanoi is called the "Paris of the Orient" Grand mausoleums of past empires punctuate your ride through small rural communities Experience a cycling thrill like no other: share the road with food carts, water buffalo, locals scootering to work and kids biking to school Enjoy the delicate peach blooms in spring or the blaze of flame trees in summer along the Perfume riverbank and the profusion of lotus blossoms on Tinh Tam Lake.
Days 3-4 Explore the historic monuments of Hué, once the capital of imperial Vietnam, including the Royal Citadel, modeled after China's Forbidden City and the site of intense conflict during the Vietnam War Hoi An: Vietnam's oldest town, beautifully preserved and a delight to discover Bike over Ocean Clouds Pass en route to Danang.
Days 5-6 Searching for a keepsake? There are plenty to pick from on Cam Kim, an island famous for ornate wood carvings Leaving the tourists behind, pedal past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet roads Ride through Cambodia's exciting ruins of Angkor, a former metropolis built to glorify a succession of Khmer kings.
Days 7-9 Visit iconic temples such as Bayon and Ta Prohm Ride through tall grass, past ox carts, wooden homes held up by stilts, old Chinese tractors, and ponds usually teeming with kids swimming or fishing A sunset from atop ruins: you've never seen anything like this! Spin through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered rural villages Take a sunrise bike ride to Angkor Wat and explore on foot through the temple grounds.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Beautiful, friendly, fascinating, adventurous and wonderful trip! After a while I had to decide not to stop for every picture moment and chalk it up to a memorable moment or else I would never reach my final destination!!- Saratoga, CA
I had high expectations for this trip, and Backroads did not disappoint. It was truly a memorable experience, full of amazing sights, sounds, flavors and excitement. Every day just built on the day before and was different and amazing... Great, great trip!- New York, NY
The best trip that I have taken with Backroads due to the profound cultural experience. We really experienced the true meaning of Backroads on this trip. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.- Pennington, NJ
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Hanoi (1 night) This five-star historic landmark is a French Colonial gem set in the heart of old Hanoi. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
La Résidence Hôtel & Spa
Hué (2 nights) A blend of Asian opulence and Colonial charm, this boutique hotel is housed in the former governor's mansion on the bank of the Perfume River. (pool, spa, tennis)
The Nam Hai
Hoi An (2 nights) This luxury all-villa resort is set on pristine China Beach, near the picturesque port town of Hoi An. (pool, spa, tennis)
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Siem Reap (3 nights) Described by Andrew Harper as a "stylish and beautifully restored landmark resort-hotel surrounded by a 15-acre park, less than five miles from Angkor Wat." Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $6,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $5,998 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|1||Cyclo tour (45 minutes)|
|Hanoi's Old Quarter guided walk (1.5 hours)|
|Hué Royal Citadel guided walk (1 hour)|
|Guided temple walks (2 hours)|
|Temple ruin guided walk (30 minutes)|
|Angkor Wat guided walk (1.5 hours)|
There is less than 25% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
* Includes a shuttle