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Vietnam & Cambodia Walking & Hiking Tour

A Journey on Halong Bay to Majestic Angkor Wat

It's a journey full of color and intrigue, both dramatic and tranquil. A quiet sail among the limestone peaks of Halong Bay. Friendly greetings from villagers. Touching Angkor's ethereal ruins with your own hands. Every meal is a metaphor for the complex culture. Temples defy centuries. Smiles bridge oceans. And local guides open doors long closed.

THIS ITINERARY: 10 days, 9 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $6,649 - $6,799 pp dbl occ
Plus $530 internal air
($1,820 - $3,330 for sgl occ)

Vietnam & Cambodia

Start Hanoi, Vietnam / End Siem Reap, Cambodia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Walk amid Cambodia's thrilling temple ruins, whose beautiful remains are both legendary and camera-ready
  • Marvel at Hué's impressive 19th-century citadel, home to numerous palaces and shrines, and admire its remarkable stone walls
  • Discover the marine secrets of heavenly Halong Bay, where a cave or hidden lagoon awaits at every turn
  • Savor some of Asia's most delicious and distinctive cuisine, and learn some of its secrets in a cooking class
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
10 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Be inspired by our local guides, who bring to life the intertwined cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia | Walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, famous for its 36 guilds—named for the artisans and traders that have made their home here for some 2,000 years | Ride in a bicycle rickshaw through narrow streets packed with food and flower stalls.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Hanoi
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Days 3-4

Sail and kayak on Halong Bay, with hidden beaches, caves and lagoons | A morning cruise takes us into the bay, where karst cliffs jut from the water | Walk an island studded with remnants of tombs and temples left by the Tran Dynasty.

Indochina Sails Ship in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Indochina Sails Ship
Halong Bay
| *Casual Ship

These fully equipped boats allow us to explore Halong Bay's spectacular karst formations by day, then retreat to quiet coves at night. Though rooms, with attached bathrooms, are small and basic, we'll be aboard the most comfortable boats on the more exclusive parts of the bay—on a charter just for Backroads.

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Day 5

Explore the imperial city of Hué, with its centuries-old palaces and temples | For a unique look at everyday life, you're welcomed into a traditional home | Venture into the imposing citadel, site of heavy conflict during the Vietnam War | Ride a dragon boat up the Perfume River and stroll through regal mausoleums.

Azerai La Residence Hotel & Spa, Huế, Vietnam
Azerai La Résidence Hué
Hué
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Days 6-7

Wander the streets of Hoi An, an ancient trading town with gorgeously preserved architecture | Revel in the seas breezes as you traverse Vietnam's central coast | Get a feel for rural life on Cam Kim Island | Learn the secret to local dishes in a cooking class.

The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Hoi An
| Premiere Hotel

This luxury all-villa resort is set on pristine China Beach, near the picturesque port town of Hoi An. (pool, spa)

Days 8-10

The remains of Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire will thrill you with iconic temples, giant carved images and beautiful bas-relief | Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat and listen to the stories behind the carvings that wrap around the temple.

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Siem Reap
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 1-2

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.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile | minimal elevation gain
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 2
Other
Cyclo Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter (45 minutes)
Hoa Lo Prison Visit (1 hour)
Sailing on Halong Bay (3 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Kayaking on Halong Bay (1.5 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Halong Bay Cruise (2 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Visit to Tu Duc Tomb (45 minutes)
Dragon Boat Cruise (45 minutes)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Hué Royal Citadel Guided Tour (1.5 hours)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Boat Ride to Hoi An (45 minutes)
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Hoi An Cooking Class (2 hours)
Day 9
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Boat Ride to Floating Villages (45 minutes)
Ta Prohm Guided Walk (1 hour)
Bayon Guided Walk (45 minutes)
Day 10
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of village footpaths, valley trails, and ancient temple and archaeological site walks.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Accommodations

We are constantly seeking the best possible accommodations on Halong Bay. Our traditional Chinese junks generally offer the most consistently comfortable boats with an appropriate number of cabins that also allow us to visit the more exclusive parts of the bay. Rest assured, we use the nicest boats that head to our favorite hidden beaches and secluded lagoons.

Walking & Hiking in an Emerging World

Your journey through Vietnam and Cambodia will probably be unlike anything you've experienced. The people you'll meet and places you'll visit will likely stay with you for a 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 poorly maintained paths. But if you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Flights

On this trip we 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 from Hanoi to Hue and with Cambodian Angkor Air aboard a turboprop plane that seats 72 passengers from Da Nang to Siem Reap.

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