Region Overviews: Vietnam Travel Guide: Overview
Inside this breadth of natural diversity and jaw-dropping beauty, there are bustling cities, remote hillside villages, centuries-old Buddhist temples and skyscraping corporate headquarters.
What drives you to ride in Vietnam and Cambodia? Is it the anticipation of what's around the corner? The thrill of a place you've never been? Maybe it's the satisfaction of discovering a centuries-old path. 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.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Hanoi, Vietnam / End Siem Reap, Cambodia
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
With its tree-lined boulevards, lush and verdant parks and French colonial architecture, Hanoi is called the Paris of the Orient | Discover the Old Quarter's winding streets and savor renowned Vietnamese fusion delights | Wind through narrow alleyways get a true glimpse into everyday life in Hanoi.
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)
Fly to the World Heritage site of Hué, Vietnam's ancient capital | Relics of past empires line your ride through rural villages | Share the road with food carts, water buffalo, locals scootering to work and kids biking to school | Depending on the season, enjoy the sight of delicate peach blooms, the blaze of flame trees along the Perfume River or the profusion of lotus blossoms on Tinh Tam Lake | Get to know the historic monuments of Hué, including the Royal Citadel, site of intense conflict during the Vietnam War.
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)
Enchanting and well-preserved Hoi An, Vietnam's oldest town, is a delight to explore | Bike over Ocean Cloud Pass en route to Danang, a seaside city known for its sandy beaches and colonial past | Savor some of Asia's freshest and tastiest cuisine | Pedal past vibrant green rice paddies on peaceful roads.
This luxury all-villa resort is set on pristine China Beach, near the picturesque port town of Hoi An. (pool, spa)
Reach Cambodia by flight, then ride through the stunning Angkor ruins, a World Heritage site and former metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings | Visit iconic temples such as Bayon and Ta Prohm | Cycle through tall grass, past ox carts, stilt homes, old Chinese tractors, and ponds teeming with kids swimming or fishing | Spin through quiet rural villages | Take an early morning bike ride to Angkor Wat and wander around the temple grounds on foot.
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)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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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. LEARN MORE.
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.
Your 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 handlebars, as the terrain includes some rough roads with dirt and sand sections. Upright handlebars are safer and more comfortable over these mixed-surface roads.
On this trip we occasionally travel by plane to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We'll be flying commercially with Vietnam Airways aboard a narrow-body jet that seats 236 passengers and with Cambodian Angkor Air aboard a turboprop plane that seats 72 passengers.