If you're in charge of the family vacation this year, don't pack the car. Pack your family's passports and do something truly unforgettable. Take a rickshaw. Walk through a long-lost city. Explore mysterious temples. Discover vibrant cultures, watching your family's eyes grow wider each day. Pack in a week's worth of unforgettable. Pack your bags for Vietnam and Cambodia.
1-2 On foot and via bicycle rickshaw, take in Hanoi's treelined boulevards, French colonial architecture, lakes and parks Grand mausoleums of past empires punctuate your ride through small rural communities Indulge in some of Asia's tastiest cuisine Depending on the season, enjoy delicate peach blooms, the blaze of flame trees along the Perfume riverbank or the profusion of lotus blossoms on Tinh Tam Lake.
3-4 Explore the historic monuments of Hué, once the capital of imperial Vietnam, including the Royal Citadel, modeled after China's Forbidden City Hoi An—Vietnam's oldest town, beautifully preserved and a delight to discover Bike over Ocean Clouds Pass en route to Danang.
5-6 Searching for a keepsake? There are plenty to pick from on Cam Kim, an island famous for ornate wood carvings Pedal past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet roads Kids get to know local Vietnamese farmers who teach them how to plant and harvest rice, and the tricks to looking after their water buffalo Two-wheel it through Cambodia's exciting ruins of Angkor, a former metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings.
7-8 Visit Angkor Wat's iconic temples such as Bayon and Ta Prohm Ride with your family 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 on foot through the temple grounds.