Vietnam & Cambodia Walking & Hiking
- Lose yourself in Cambodia's thrilling Angkor Wat ruins
- Gain an insider's perspective from our local guides, longtime Backroads friends
- Step back in time and into the imperial city of Hué
- Cruise and kayak on heavenly Halong Bay
- Savor some of Asia's most delicious and distinctive cuisine
Old Indochina from Hanoi to Angkor Wat
It's unlike anywhere else. Raw and simple one minute, bustling and friendly the next. In one breath dramatic and tranquil. A sail among the limestone peaks in Halong Bay. Footpaths that snake through secluded rice paddies. A quiet nod from villagers leading buffalo to water. Touching the ethereal ruins of Angkor with your own hands. It's a journey full of color and intrigue. Every meal is a metaphor for the region's complex culture. Every hotel offers soothing luxuries. Temples that defy centuries. Smiles that bridge oceans. And local guides that open doors long closed.
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.
AccommodationsWe are constantly seeking the best possible accommodations on Halong Bay. Bai Tho Junk generally offers the most consistently comfortable boats with an appropriate number of cabins that also allow us to visit the more exclusive parts of the bay. New boat companies are being launched and some of these may include fancier boats, but since these vessels are typically quite large and do not journey too far from their port, we've chosen not to use them. Rest assured, we use the nicest boats that head into our favorite parts of the bay.
Walking & Hiking in an Emerging WorldYour journey through Vietnam and Cambodia will probably be unlike anything you've experienced. The people you'll meet and places you'll visit will likely stay with you for a 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 poorly maintained paths. But if you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Day 1 A wealth of insight from our local guides, who bring to life the intertwined cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia Ride in a bicycle rickshaw through old Hanoi's narrow streets packed with food and flower stalls Hungry? Asia's freshest and tastiest cuisine is within reach Explore Ngoc Ha, a lively district seldom visited by foreigners.
Days 2-4 Cruise and kayak on heavenly Halong Bay, a World Heritage site with hidden beaches, cool caves and beautiful lagoons Enjoy two peaceful nights beneath a canopy of stars in Halong Bay A morning cruise takes us past untouched islands farther into the bay, where we kayak to a small beachside temple.
Day 5 Step back in time and into the imperial city of Hué, with its centuries-old palaces and battle-scarred temples For a unique look at everyday life, you're welcomed into a traditional home Venture into the mysterious and imposing citadel, site of heavy conflict during the Vietnam War.
Days 6-7 Wander the colorful streets of Hoi An, an ancient trading town with beautifully preserved Chinese and Japanese architecture Ride a traditional dragon boat up the Perfume River, and walk among waterfront villages and imperial mausoleums Care to relax? There's a white-sand beach waiting for you.
Days 8-10 Lose yourself in Angkor The remains of Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire will thrill you with immense spires, giant carved images and beautiful bas-relief Explore iconic temples, statues and other wonders off the beaten path Meet villagers in the fishing hamlet of Tonle Sap.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The Vietnam and Cambodia Backroads trip is the trip of a lifetime! It's jam packed with culture, culinary pleasures and adventure with just the right amount of activity.- Scottsdale, AZ
Vietnam and Cambodia are wonderful countries, and our Backroads trip allowed us to see villages and have experiences that we never could have arranged on our own. It was great!- Ambler, PA
The trip could not have been better. Every aspect was extremely well thought out, researched and coordinated. Despite the relatively tight itinerary there was still an amazing amount of flexibility. No request or need was unmet and both trip leaders were extremely resourceful in accommodating us. It became a bit of a joke on the trip how well things were organized and how good Backroads’ local contacts were. We always were wisked through customs. Vans were always available, snacks and drinks just kept on coming, the opportunities to go where other groups did not - to visit homes and to hike through remote villages was particularly impressive. Clearly a great deal of time was spent on making this the spectacular trip that it was.- Philadelphia, PA
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Hanoi (2 nights) 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 award. (pool, spa)
Bai Tho Cruise Junk
Halong Bay (2 nights) This fully equipped boat allows us to explore Halong Bay's spectacular karst formations by day, then retreat to quiet coves at night. Though rooms, with attached bathrooms, are small and basic, we'll be aboard the most comfortable boats on the bay.
La Résidence Hôtel & Spa
Hué (1 night) 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'Ankgor
Siem Reap (2 nights) Praised by Andrew Harper and Condé Nast Traveler, this lavish hotel sits less than five miles from Angkor Wat and features a 15-acre park filled with tropical plants and exotic birds. (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 $6,198 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-2
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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|Cyclo Tour of Old Quarter (45 minutes)|
|Sailing on Halong Bay (3 hours)|
|Kayaking on Halong Bay (1 hour)|
|4||Halong Bay Cruise (2 hours)|
|Dragon Boat cruise (1 hour)|
|7||Hoi An guided walk (45 minutes)|
|Angkor Tom Temple guided walk (2 hours)|
|Boat ride to floating villages (1 hour)|
The terrain on this trip includes village footpaths, valley walks and ancient temple and archaeological site exploration.