Asking Why Indochina? is like asking why you ride. The anticipation of what's around the corner? The thrill of a place you've never been? Maybe it's the serenity of a 2,000-year-old footpath. 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.
1-2 Explore the city's lively neighborhoods via cyclo With its treelined boulevards, parks and French colonial architecture, Hanoi is called the Paris of the Orient Grand mausoleums of past empires line your ride through small rural villages Ready for a cycling thrill? Share the road with food carts, water buffalo, locals scootering to work and kids biking to school Depending on the season, enjoy peach blooms, the blaze of flame trees along the Perfume River or the profusion of lotus blossoms on Tinh Tam Lake Savor some of Asia's freshest and tastiest cuisine.
3-4 Get to know the historic monuments of Hué—former capital of imperial Vietnam—including the Royal Citadel, modeled after China's Forbidden City and the site of intense conflict during the Vietnam War Hoi An, Vietnam's oldest town, is beautifully preserved and a delight to explore Bike over Ocean Clouds Pass en route to Danang.
5-6 Ride through Cambodia's stunning Angkor ruins, a metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings Searching for a keepsake? There are plenty to pick from on Cam Kim, an island famous for ornate wood carvings Leaving the tourists behind, pedal past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet roads.
7-8 Visit iconic temples such as Bayon and Ta Prohm Cycle 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 wander around the temple grounds on foot.