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 Cruise and Indochina Sails generally offer the most consistently comfortable boats with an appropriate number of cabins that also allow us to visit the more exclusive parts of the bay. Rest assured, we use the nicest boats that head to our favorite hidden beaches and secluded lagoons.
Traveling 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 gorgeously 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.
- 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
Sofitel Legend Metropole 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. (pool, spa)
Bai Tho Cruise or Indochina Sails Junk (2 nights): These fully equipped boats 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 more exclusive parts of the bay.
La Résidence Hôtel & Spa (1 night): A blend of Asian and Colonial charm, this boutique hotel is housed in the former governor's mansion on the bank of the Perfume River. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis)
The Nam Hai (2 nights): This luxury all-villa resort is set on pristine China Beach, near the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis)
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Ankgor (2 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." Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis)
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/18-27 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 2/23-3/4 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 3/13-22 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 10/25-11/3 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 11/7-16 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 12/4-13 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 12/18-27 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
- 12/30-1/8 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $570
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $6,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
This trip immerses you in exotic Vietnam, illuminating contemporary life alongside ageless traditions. You'll be awed by the sheer theatricality of karst formations rising from Halong Bay and marvel at the simple serenity of emerald-green rice paddies. Step back in time and into an imperial city with its ancient citadel and battle-scarred temples. And venture speechless through Cambodia's thrilling Angkor Wat ruins, brimming with immense spires, giant carved images and beautiful bas-reliefs. On this trip, you'll truly discover someone else's world, far from the guidebook landmarks.- Regional Manager, Asia