Asking "Why Indochina?" is like asking why you ride. The anticipation of what's around the corner? The thrill of a place you've never been? Maybe it's the serenity of a 2,000-year-old footpath. The fun of passing rice paddies in a blur of speed. Or touching Angkor's ethereal ruins. Everything that's exhilarating about biking makes this trip an 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!Due to the varied road conditions on our routes, we have specially fitted our bikes in Vietnam and Cambodia to maximize your comfort and control. In Vietnam, you'll have the choice of Backroads bicycles with upright or drop handlebars. In Cambodia, all Backroads bikes come with upright handle-bars, as the terrain includes some rough roads with dirt and sand sections. Upright handlebars are safer and more comfortable over these mixed-surface roads.
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 Ride through Cambodia's exciting ruins of Angkor, a former metropolis built to glorify a succession of Khmer kings 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.
Days 7-8 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 Spin through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered rural villages Take a sunrise bike ride to Angkor Wat and explore the temple grounds on foot.
- 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 sunrise ride to 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. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
La Résidence Hôtel & Spa (2 nights): 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. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis)
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor (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." (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 of Hanoi`s Old Quarter (45 Minutes)|
|Ngoc Ha Walk (4 Miles)|
|Hué Royal Citadel Guided Walk (1 Mile)|
|Khai Dinh Tomb Guided Walk (30 Minutes)|
|Ta Prohm Temple Guided Walk (30 Minutes)|
|Angkor Wat Guided Walk (1 Hour)|
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
2016 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
With our team of extraordinary trip leaders and local experts, we bring to life the rich cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia, including the traditions, landscapes, political histories, languages and lifestyle that make each country unique. We think you'll love delving into Indochina's fascinating cultural roots, as well as its wildly dynamic - and equally intriguing - modern culture.- Regional Manager, Asia