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.
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.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start Hanoi, Vietnam / End Siem Reap, Cambodia
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
On foot and rickshaw, take in Hanoi’s tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, lakes and parks | Indulge in some of Asia’s tastiest cuisine | Wind through narrow alleyways to 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 | Do as the emperors do and ride a dragon boat down the Perfume River | Savor a candlelit dinner among lotus ponds and hanging-orchid gardens | Wander through Hué, taking in its historic sites.
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)
Bike over Ocean Clouds Pass en route to Danang | Hoi An is Vietnam’s most beloved ancient town, beautifully preserved and a delight for adults and kids alike to discover | Cycle past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on quiet roads | Kids get to know local Vietnamese farmers who teach them how to plant rice and tend water buffalo | Families partake in a fun interactive cooking class with a popular local chef.
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 bike through the exciting ruins of Angkor, a former metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings | Visit Angkor Wat’s iconic temples | Admire the mountain temple of Bayon and explore the tree-covered temple of Ta Prohm | Cycle with your family past ox carts and traditional stilt houses | Pedal through peaceful, seemingly undiscovered rural villages | Take a sunrise bike ride to Angkor Wat and explore on foot through the temple grounds.
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.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
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.