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.
- 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
Sofitel Legend Metropole 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 (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 (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 (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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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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
2013 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/15-23 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1170 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $525
- 12/21-29 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1170 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $525
- 12/26-1/3 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1170 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $525
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/5-13 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 1/18-26 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 2/2-10 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 2/15-23 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 3/2-10 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 3/15-23 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 3/30-4/7 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 10/20-28 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 11/17-25 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/3-11 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/20-28 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/25-1/2 Price: $5798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/30-1/7 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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.
- 10 - 11 guests $5,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
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
I've taken several Backroads trips, but this would have to be my favorite (so far.) A fascinating region of the world, full of the unexpected. I can't imagine that anyone with a bit of curiosity and a sense of adventure wouldn't enjoy this trip.- Tuscaloosa, AL
A really outstanding trip on many levels - mentally challenging biking, extraordinary cultural and culinary experiences, and the fascinating exploration of an emerging nation.- Madison, WI
Our leaders were superb - attentive, knowledgeable, helpful at all times, positive and fun. The local support was excellent too. We felt cared for all the time. Thanks for the superb routes, accommodations, food, and all the extras. Backroads, you did it again!- N. Vancouver BC
The trip was extremely well designed to cover a lot of territory in a short period of time. It was well-balanced, providing us with a great introduction to the Vietnamese landscape and culture. The accommodations and food were truly amazing. Overall, it was a wonderful trip that I will highly recommend to my friends.- Vancouver, BC
When word spreads, I’m sure you’ll experience a stampede to get on this trip for cultural, historical, local flavor, culinary, spa and hotel accommodation, interaction with locals, seeing what a real "Backroads" experience is about, not having to worry about immigration and check-in service, and every other reason I can think of that attracts Backroads participants in the first place. This is what the Cambodian and Vietnamese biking adventure was about. I’ve had some great Backroads adventures, but, having experienced this, even for those who are less than the Backroads-types aficionados, I couldn't imagine and can’t imagine anyone else who brings an "adventurous" mindset to their travels enjoying a trip more. Thank you!!!!- Santiago, Chile
I have been referring to the experience as "the trip of a lifetime" and it truly was! Having lived in both Sri Lanka and China I didn't really think it was possible to have an "authentic" experience in a country in just ten days on a group tour, but Backroads proved me wrong. Biking in small groups and sometimes on my own down remote country roads afforded me the ability to interact, see the people, and experience their country in a way that I believe is difficult for tourists on a short visit.- San Francisco, CA
It was wonderful! Everyone went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our safety, happiness, and well being!! Food was delicious, accommodations superb, and the trip was fantastic!!- Saratoga, CA
The trip was amazing from start to finish. Everything exceeded my expectations, from the leaders’ efficient, confident handling of all arrangements, to the superb food and magnificent accommodations. I have not one complaint!
The trip was so wonderfully planned I really got a feel for the history, culture and the people of Vietnam and Cambodia.
The support from the local guides was incredible. It was nice to hear how much they like working with Backroads because they feel that Backroads makes an effort to work together with the locals and local environment. I like knowing I am traveling with a company with those goals.- Freedom, CA
Backroads never fails to satisfy my curiosity and sense of adventure. The trip leaders always seem to surpass expectations. This latest trip was no exception! This was my 6th Backroads trip over the past 25 years. I've never been disappointed... It is my preferred way to see new countries and new cultures, and there’s truly something for everyone in each trip. The quality of your guides and trip leaders continues to improve to even greater excellence. I wish all businesses were run with this kind of customer-service attention, and basic knowledge (both programs and operations) at such a high caliber. Tom Hale and his team are geniuses!- Sierra Madre, CA