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.
Colorful and intriguing. 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 & Casual Ship*
Start Hanoi / End Siem Reap
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Our local guides bring to life the intertwined cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia | Sail and kayak on Halong Bay | Cruise into the bay, where karst cliffs jut out of the water | Explore the isle of Cát Bà on foot.
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.
Partake in a sunrise tai chi class | Energized and centered, savor breakfast as we sail | Walk the lush farms and gardens hidden just outside of Hanoi | 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.
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)
Explore imperial 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.
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)
Ride a dragon boat up the Perfume River and stroll through regal mausoleums | Wander the streets of Hoi An, an ancient trading town with gorgeously preserved architecture | Revel in the sea 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.
Luxurious and inviting, find a riverfront oasis with airy rooms and lush gardens in a tranquil setting just outside Hoi An's historic quarter. (pool, spa)
Behold the remains of Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire—iconic temples, giant carved images and beautiful bas-relief | Explore the stilted villages on the edge of massive Ton Le Sap lake—a UNESCO biosphere reserve | Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat and listen to the stories behind the carvings.
An exquisite fusion of indoor-outdoor living awaits in private villas amid 20 acres of green gardens and iconic rice fields just beyond the entrance to World Heritage 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. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of village footpaths, valley trails, and ancient temple and archaeological site walks.
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.
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 allow us to have the boat all to ourselves and 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.
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.
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 from Da Nang to Siem Reap.