Active Indochina

vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
vietnam active tour adventure bikehike
Active Indochina
Duration:
12
Days
Priced from:
3799.00
USD

Active Indochina

Trip Overview

Vietnam Adventure trek with Bikehike Adventures featured in the National Post(Biking, Hiking and Kayaking) This vacation tour provides a double dose of adventure. You’ll visit both Vietnam and Cambodia, and the trip is perfect for adventure travellers seeking a slightly more luxurious active adventure experience in Southeast Asia. On this 12 day adventure tour, we stay in 4-star boutique hotels and on an Indochina Sailing Junk. The first eight days are in Northern Vietnam, kicking off in Hanoi, where we hike and ride rickshaws around the bustling old quarter. We mountain bike through remote villages past terraced rice paddies, trek into the Sapa Region witnessing the colourful Dzao hill tribe, and overnight in a cozy Eco Lodge high in the mountains. In Halong Bay we explore a labyrinth of limestone cliffs that rise out of the sea from the comfort of our sailing junk and ocean kayaks. The last four days are in Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat, the epitome of classical Khmer architecture, as well as the monuments in Phnom Kulen National Park and Kompong Phluk, a medieval floating village. This 12-day adventure vacation is loaded with comfort, culture, nature, and adventure.

WOW FACTORS

  • Cruise Halong Bay on a Vietnamese Junk Boat and kayak to discover hidden caves, lagoons, pearl farms and villages
  • Bike and hike through remote villages and past terraced rice paddies, meeting and learning about hill tribe culture
  • Explore on foot the legendary ruins of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and nearby temples

     

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Day 1

Hanoi
Arrival
Upon arrival into the Hanoi airport a BikeHike Adventures representative will greet you and transfer you to a comfortable hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you’ll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore a bit of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. In the evening you’ll meet your guide and enjoy a savory spread of Vietnamese dishes for dinner followed by a visit to the Water Puppet Theatre for a performance of this ancient traditional art form. Puppeteers stand in waist-high water and manipulate their charges in such a way that you can’t help but be swept up in the legend being told. Overnight at a comfortable hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Hanoi - Lao Cai
City Tour
Today we dig deeper into Hanoi, exploring some of its historic sites, such as The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house, The History Museum, One Pillar Pagoda and the 11th century Temple of Literature. We’ll then break for lunch and afterwards we’ll ride in cyclos, touring the historic French Quarter. This area is a shoppers and photographers paradise as the streets are alive with colourful shops and vendors selling everything imaginable. We’ll also visit the Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi and have a chance to go for a walk and visit its pagoda. After the tour we’ll return to our hotel to relax and prepare for our 930pm night train to Lao Cai. We have a 6:00pm check-out from our rooms. Dinner is on your own this evening. The air-conditioned sleeping berths have 4 beds.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Lao Cai -  Nam Cang
Biking
We’ll arrive into Lao Cai early in the morning and have breakfast in a restaurant near the train station. We then depart for Cam Duong. Once in the mountains, we’ll begin our cycling adventure to Thanh Phu village. We’ll ride through a spectacular landscape of verdant mountain scenery and over a couple of small passes. Lunch will be served in a local home. From here, we’ll continue a scenic ride crossing the valleys through villages, rice fields and across a hanging bridge to Nam Cang village. We’ll check into the tranquil and comfortable Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, built and owned by a Red Dao Minority family. The rooms are simple here, but comfortable and there is a shared bathroom for tonight. Nam Cang is located in the most remote area of Sapa and here we’ll experience the Red Dao women wearing some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at. We’ll explore the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper from rice, silver jewelry and embroidery. We’ll follow a Red Dao lady to the jungle to collect herbs which are used for their famous herbal medical treatment. This evening, enjoy dinner in the peaceful mountain atmosphere with lots of opportunities to interact with the locals.

Elevation Gain: 1092 m /3582 ft. 
Biking: 35 km / 22 mi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Nam Cang - Nam Nhiu
Hiking
We’ll wake up to the sound of nature and then head for a traditional breakfast, served just few feet from the river. Afterwards, we’ll set out on foot, walking along a quiet dirt road and eventually reach a trail that winds through a beautiful terraced rice valley. We’ll cross over a stream on a suspension bridge, and have spectacular views of the rice paddies surrounding us. If we’re lucky, there will be water buffalo plowing through the muddy fields which will make for some great photo opportunities. Our hiking route is also through bushes of tropical plants with some steep paths leading up the mountainside. We’ll arrive to Nam Nhiu village at noon, and have the chance to visit another Red Dao village. Here our driver and vehicle will be awaiting to transfer us to our accommodation in a mountain ecolodge, where we’ll check in and then have lunch. This afternoon is free time or for those who want to explore further, head out on another two hour walk to Thanh Kim village with your guide.

Elevation Loss: 166 m / 545 ft 
Hiking: 15 km / 9 mi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Golden Stream Valley - Hanoi
Hiking
Today enjoy a relaxing morning with no activities. Breakfast will be served at our lodge and at 10:00am we’ll check out and drive to Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people, in the center of the Golden Stream Valley. The view is stunning from the road, with wide valleys and traditional villages dotted amongst terraced fields bordered by the impressive Fansipan mountain. Here we’ll meet Mrs Sung, a local H’mong woman, who will introduce us to the valley and her village. We’ll walk through Ta Van village with a short visit to a local school. (Please note that the visit of the school cannot be guaranteed, e.g. during term break the school is closed). We’ll continue walking to Lao Chai, a village of Black H’mong people. The walk is mostly downhill in a spectacular setting of rice terraces and impressive mountain views. Once in Lao Chai, we’ll meet Mrs. Sung’s family and learn about their daily lives and fascinating culture. We’ll then enjoy a light home-cooked lunch with them. Later in the afternoon, our hosts will teach us their traditional batik skills and indigo dying. Afterwards, we’ll walk back to the main road to meet up with our driver who will drive us back to our accommodation in Hanoi. We’ll arrive at our hotel about 9pm this evening.

Elevation Gain: 175 m / 246 ft 
Hiking: 10 km / 6 mi 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Hanoi - Halong Bay
Boating & Kayaking
We’ll be picked up and transferred to a restaurant for breakfast. Then at 8:00am we’ll depart for a drive to Halong Bay through the Red River Delta with a coffee stop on the way. Upon arrival into Halong Bay, a World UNESCO Heritage Site, we’ll transfer to a luxury Junk, a traditional Vietnamese boat, and enjoy a welcome cocktail on board. We will start cruising while everyone checks into their cabins. For lunch, we’ll feast on fresh local seafood while cruising to the boundaries of Halong Bay. Our course is away from the populated, touristy areas and into the more authentic reaches of Halong Bay. Once we reach Bai Tu Long we’ll get into our sleek two person kayaks and paddle among the incredible karst formations for one or two hours. We’ll then return to the junk boat where everyone can enjoy an aperitif on the sundeck. Dinner is a buffet, served on board featuring an array of salads, seafood, meat and fresh fruit. Overnight on-board the Junk Boat in air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Halong Bay
Boating & Kayaking
For those interested in an early morning tai chi session, there will be one happening on the sundeck at 6:30am, along with coffee and tea. Breakfast begins at 7:00am. After breakfast we’ll transfer to a smaller boat, for a cruise further to explore the hidden nooks of the archipelago and into the area that we will start our kayaking. Then we have a good chunk of the day to paddle kayaks on the calm emerald waters, past limestone karsts and floating houses, and small sandy beaches that are taken away in the high tide. We’ll have a traditional Vietnamese lunch served on our support boat. We’ll return to our junk boat mid-afternoon where everyone can refresh before relaxing on the sundeck, enjoying the dramatically beautiful scenery. The evening is at leisure to relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of our cabin. Overnight again on the Junk Boat. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap
Boating
This is our last morning in Halong Bay, so we wake up early to make the most of it. There will be another 6:30am tai chi session for anyone who’d like to participate. Then we’ll hop on bamboo boats and visit a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We make our way between a series of floating homes and small rowing boats, all that serve the local’s everyday lives as vehicles, shops, fishing utilities and overnight shelter. We return to the junk boat for 9am and then start cruising back to the pier in Hongai. Brunch will be served along the way. Our driver will be awaiting us here and will transfer us by vehicle back to The Hanoi International Airport. From here we will connect with our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with an approximate departure of 5:00pm. Upon arrival we’ll be met and transferred to a comfortable hotel in town. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Siem Reap
Biking
This morning we cycle to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is the most famous temple at Angkor. Stretching for almost one kilometre, this intricate carving is a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. We’ll continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are quite steep, where pilgrims would stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally we see the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat. Late morning, we continue on to visit Angkor Thom, an immense walled city that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating back to the 11th century. Our climax is the enchanting temple of the Bayon. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion). We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch nearby the temple of the Bayon. Afterwards we set off on bicycles to Gate of the Dead and then onward to Victory Gate. We’ll then follow a road to the ‘Indiana Jones’ temple of Ta Prohm. The tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. Ta Prohm has been abandoned by the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to human history. If time allows, we’ll visit Banteay Kdei or finish with a sunset drink at Srah Srang. We return to the same hotel in Siem Reap and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Phnom Kulen National Park
Trekking
After breakfast, we’ll be picked up at the hotel and transferred to Phnom Kulen National Park for our trek. We start at the base of Mount Kulen, first ascending stairs to a breathtaking panoramic lookout point. We then continue our trek to visit the riverbed carvings in the “Valley of 1000 Lingas” (dedicated to the God Shiva) along the Stung Kbal Spean River. We’ll visit the reclining Buddha enshrined in Preah Ang Thom temple. This enormous Buddha was carved into sandstone in the 16th century. Afterwards, we’ll visit the magnificent nearby waterfalls. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before trekking further to the bat caves, Srah Damrey and Wat Preah Kral, where we can interact with local monks. We return to the same hotel in Siem Reap and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Kompong Phluk
Biking & Boating
This morning we are back on bikes, following small backroads through rural landscapes and picturesque villages. Our first stop is the temple of Bakong. We continue into Ruluos town to visit a very local market, virtually untouched by tourism. After a refreshment here, we follow the path of Ruluos River to a point where we’ll board small wooden boats to continue our trip to Kompong Phluk. Cruising down the narrow waterway, we enter a medieval floating village where the houses stand atop stilts as high as seven meters above the water. Everything lives on the water here -- pigs, dogs, crocodiles and people, all jockeying for space in this incredible floating town. We’ll explore the local wat here before boarding a larger boat and cruising through the flooded forest and across the great lake to Chong Kneas, an expansive floating village with over 1000 houseboats. This village includes everything from a floating church to a floating police station. Afterwards, we travel to the holy mountain of Phnom Krom, where we’ll have a short hike to enjoy a glorious sunset before heading back to Siem Reap. We return to the same hotel in Siem Reap and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Siem Reap
Departure​​
We'll transfer you to the Siem Reap airport to catch your international flight home or onward in South East Asia.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), internal transportation excluding flight (Hanoi-Siem Reap), all equipment (mountain bikes and kayaking gear) and English-speaking guides.

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International airfare, flight (Hanoi -Siem Reap), airport taxes, gratuities, meals not indicated and items of a personal nature.

MEALS:
11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 6 Dinners

ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel: 8 Nights
Train: 1 Night
Junk Boat: 2 Nights

Trip Facts

Weather in Vietnam

There is no good or bad season for visiting Vietnam. When one region is wet or cold, another is sunny and pleasantly warm. Vietnam has a remarkably diverse climate because of its wide range of latitudes and altitudes. Although the entire country lies in the inter-tropical zone, local conditions vary from frosty winters in the far northern hills to the yearlong, sub-equatorial warmth of the Mekong Delta. At sea level, the mean annual temperature is 27°C (80°F) in the south, falling to 21°C (70°F) in the extreme north. There is a drop in mean annual temperature of nearly half a degree for every 100 meters in elevation. In the north, November to April is considered winter and May to October is summer. The south has two main seasons: the wet season lasts from May until November and the dry season from December to April.

Weather in Hanoi and Northern Region

September to December: Dry season. Temperatures during day range from 30°C (85°F) in October to 21°C (70°F) in December.
January to Mid-March: Dry season. Evenings can be chilly. Average temperatures during the day are 17°C (62°F).
Mid-March to April: Dry, hot season. Average daily temperatures range from 24 to 29°C.
July to August: Rainy season with monsoon rains and extreme heat.

Travel Documents

Citizens from Canada and the US require a valid passport and a visa to enter Vietnam. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of the trip. Visa application forms can be downloaded from the embassy websites for Canada or USA. Citizens of other nations should check with the Vietnamese Embassy for entry requirements.

Food and Water

One of the delights of visiting Vietnam is the amazing cuisine. There are nearly 500 different traditional Vietnamese dishes, which are superbly prepared and reasonably priced. Of course, in addition to traditional Vietnamese dishes, there are terrific French restaurants across the country and street vendors selling fresh baguettes and pate. Fish, chicken and seafood are widely available, along with a good selection of vegetables. Countless types of exotic fruits provide for delicious fruit juices as well. While in Vietnam, it is best to drink only bottled or treated drinking water. Fruit drinks, soft drinks, coffee and tea are all widely available and safe to drink.

FAQ

How big are BikeHike's groups?

Our adventures are built for small groups, with a maximum of 12 travellers on each guided tour. Each group is diverse, comprised of men and women of many different nationalities and ages. By travelling in small groups we leave minimal ecological impact, cause less disruption to the native life and are able to gain a better appreciation for our surroundings. Small numbers also allow greater flexibility and spontaneity: a dinner in a local home, an impromptu village wedding invite and any such experiences that can become among the most memorable experiences of your BikeHike adventure.

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

We understand that people come in many fitness levels, so we've graded our trips accordingly. There are four difficulty levels on our trips: Easy, Moderate, Challenging, and Strenuous. 

This is a “moderate” trip. These trips include 4-5 hours of physical activity throughout the day, with many breaks along the way. The biking portions of BikeHike Adventure’s trips are the most cardiovascular portions of the trips. During the biking section, our travellers don’t have to carry anything on their backs as any packs can be carried in the support vehicle. During the hiking portions of the trip, the most you would have to carry on your back is a daypack.

 

Has this trip been run before?

BikeHike Adventures has been operating since 1994. 

The logistics of organizing tours to remote corners of the world can be very complex. Our trip development department spends long hours researching destinations, routes, ground operations and equipment. All itineraries are screened without clients before they are added to our growing repertoire of adventures. Nothing is untested. 

Can you tell me about your typical BikeHike travellers on this trip?

Our travellers share a common love for outdoor adventure. Most are looking for a physical adventure in an unfamiliar destination. A typical trip is comprised of men and women in good physical condition, who exercise regularly. The age range on this trip is typically from 35-60, although we occasionally get younger and older travellers as well.

What kinds of cultural interactions can one expect travelling in Vietnam?

There is a lot of cultural interaction possible in Vietnam, as it is a very culturally rich destination. There are over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam, each with their own languages, their own customs and dress. You’ll encounter them on their water buffalos as they’re working their rice fields.  Sometimes we’re even able to visit schools on our BikeHike trips. In the Sapa Valley, hikers actually pass through villages and have the chance to interact with locals in their homes. Even Hanoi, and its colour and chaos, is an incredible cultural experience.

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What is the best time of year to travel to Vietnam?

The best months for travel to Vietnam are October through May, after that it turns into the wet, typhoon season. Any month between October and May is a great time to travel to Vietnam. April and May is a popular time to experience Vietnam.

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Do you need a visa to enter Vietnam?

This depends on your country of citizenship. However, Canadians and Americans do require a visa to enter Vietnam. It is possible to do a visa in advance, which we highly recommend to allow you to pass through customs much more quickly and easily. However, it is possible to get a visa last minute, though this requires a few added steps including a letter of recommendation from your tour operator stating your tourism activities in the country, and upon arrival in Vietnam you will enter a special customs line. At times, this line can be quite long. So, whenever possible, it is always better to try to arrange your visa in advance to save time at customs.

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Which airports do we fly in and out of for this trip?

The arrival airport is Hanoi, Vietnam and the departure airport is Siem Reap, Cambodia. You can arrive anytime on Day 1 of the trip into Hanoi (although by late afternoon is best) and depart anytime on day 12 from Siem Reap.

Is it possible to use foreign cell phones or wifi while traveling in Vietnam?

Yes, wifi and cell reception is available in most areas of Vietnam, mainly in the cities. However, while hiking and biking in Vietnam, there are perhaps a few areas where cell reception is unavailable. Most hotels are equipped with wifi in Vietnam. Whenever you are at a homestay in Vietnam, you’ll likely be without wifi as these families are unlikely to have a wifi connection. 

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How has Vietnam travel changed over the years?

In the early days of Vietnam opening up to adventure travel, there were certainly not as many travellers there as there are today. However, it is still very possible to get off of the beaten track when travelling in Vietnam so that you do not feel you are just surrounded by other tourists. Overall though, numbers of travellers are definitely increasing as Vietnam becomes an increasingly popular destination.

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Can I take this trip if...

I am a solo traveller? How does solo accommodation and costing work?

Many of our travellers (both men and women) join as singles. On average, BikeHike groups are 75% single travellers and 25% couples. Unlike many adventure travel companies, we don't charge single supplement fees to solo travellers. Instead, we pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If we can't find you a roommate, you get your own room at no additional charge. A single private room supplement fee is only required if you specifically request a confirmed private room for the duration of the trip. Learn more about solo travel with BikeHike

I have special dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but ask that you please discuss your request with us when signing up for a trip.

I am travelling with children? Is this trip children friendly?

While most of our trips are created with adults in mind, many of our itineraries are suitable for strong and active teenagers. This trip is generally good for older children or teenagers. However, we do offer many Family Focused trips, some of which are able to accommodate children as young as six.

Accommodation

Most of our trips include comfortable mid-range accommodations. This includes accommodation that provides a clean and comfortable experience in characterful surroundings that reflect the destination. To build stronger connections with the communities and support the local economies, we avoid using large international chain brands on BikeHike trips. 

This trip includes the following types of accommodation:

HOTELS 

In an effort to keep money in the communities we visit around the world, BikeHike prefers small hotels, bungalows, and haciendas that showcase the character and local flair of each destination.

TRAIN

The air-conditioned sleeping berths have 4 beds. 

JUNK BOAT

You'll have two overnights on-board a luxurious Junk Boat in Halong Bay in air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms. This is an incredible experience as you'll be boating in paradise! 

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Adventure Dates

  • Oct 16 - Oct 27, 2019
  • Dec 04 - Dec 15, 2019
  • Jan 15 - Jan 26, 2020
  • Feb 19 - Mar 01, 2020
  • Apr 15 - Apr 26, 2020
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Price

(Land only, based on twin/shared room)
3799.00
USD
per person

No single supplement fees
** Guaranteed departures on two travellers

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Add-Ons

  • It's easy to add days before and after your tour. Just ask! 
  • Why not extend your Cambodia adventure with a 4-day Angkor Wat extension?
Day Destination Activity Distance Lodging Meals
1
Hanoi
Arrival
Hotel
d
2
Hanoi - Lao Cai
City Tour
Train
b,
l
3
Lao Cai - Nam Cang
Biking
35 km
22 mi
Hotel
b,
l,
d
4
Nam Cang - Nam Nhiu
Hiking
15 km
9 mi
Hotel
b,
l,
d
5
Golden Stream Valley - Hanoi
Hiking
9 km
6 mi 
Hotel
b,
l,
d
6
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Boating & Kayaking
Boat
b,
l,
d
7
Halong Bay
Boating & Kayaking
Boat
b,
l,
d
8
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap
Boating
Hotel
b
9
Siem Reap
Biking
18 km
11 mi
Hotel
b,
l
10
Phnom Kulen National Park
Trekking
25 km
15 mi
Hotel
b,
l
11
Kompong Phluk
Biking & Boating
20 km
12.5 mi
Hotel
b,
l
12
Siem Reap
Departure
b

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Sharon H
April 11, 2019

Great small group adventure tour focusing on getting off the beaten track so you can interact and have more authentic experiences. We hiked through remote valleys of rice fields and water buffalos, cycled through the “Death Gate” near Angkor Wat, and kayaked in Ha Long Bay with no one around but a couple fishermen in their sampans. Always had the option to do as much or as little exercise as we wanted. The cultural shows, demonstrations, and social interactions rounded out the trip well. And did we mention our guide, Tam, was awesome!

Calgary, Canada
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Boris E
February 13, 2019

We highly recommend BikeHike as an extremely well managed tour operator. Tour coordinators are extremely well organized, proactive, and responsive to your individual needs. They also do an excellent job of picking local tour guides. The tours are as worry-free as they can get - you only enjoy and don't have to worry about timing, schedule, transfers, etc - the local guides take care of everything. We just completed our fourth tour with BikeHike in Vietnam and are looking forward to more.

Cambridge, USA
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Debbie V
December 3, 2018

Just last weekend, we got back from an amazing two-week trip to northern Vietnam and Cambodia. The people, food and sites were all incredible. I’d dreamed of this trip for so long and it was everything I’d hoped for and more. We had a guide (Tam in Vietnam and Danny in Cambodia, as well as occasional site-specific guides) and a driver. We spent time with local villagers including ethnic minorities in the northern mountains of Vietnam (including one of the best meals of my life and toasting endlessly to the joys of friendship...and we were very, very active. We visited Hanoi, the Lao Cai Province and Hoàng Lien Son Mountains, and Halong Bay in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia (the latter with day trips to Mt. Kulen and Tonle Sap Lake/Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary). We loved every minute of it.

In addition to the people, places and food, the trip was so amazing thanks in part to the travel company we used, BikeHike Adventures. While they do group tours, we were able to customize the trip to make it private, choose our own dates, and adjust the itinerary to spend more time in Cambodia. I even talked to the owner, Trish Sare, a few times! I’m sure this was just the first of our adventures with them!

Henderson, Nevada, USA
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Tanya W
January 11, 2017

The trip was thoughtfully organized to cover both major sites but also to include experiences that were unique (no big tour buses present). For instance, we especially loved a day long bike ride on dirt roads that cut through Cambodian countryside, villages, markets, temple sites, ultimately ending up at the less tourist-ed but more amazing entry to Tonle Sap Lake. In Vietnam our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and entertaining. The experience with Keoung was like travelling with a friend that knew everything and took you to places no tourist would be able to find, especially in amazing Hanoi. We had so much fun traveling with him and cried a little when we parted.

New York, New York, USA
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Louise S
February 12, 2016

Had amazing time with my spouse and the great group of people who were on the Vietnam adventure tour we joined with Bike Hike last winter. We are fit/energetic older folks (mid 50s) and the tour suited our travel interests and fitness perfectly. Great, active days and friendly, social evenings! Super guide! I will definitely look at their trips again in future. Highly recommend.

New York, USA
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Susan and Stan H
April 7, 2012

We can’t say enough about our guide Hoa Dang. He was outstanding. He took the time to make our trip extra-special. He was patient, upbeat, figured out what we liked and then exceeded our expectations.

Miami, USA
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Wendy S
February 17, 2012

Really enjoyed the hiking in the rice paddy fields and through the bamboo forest of Sapa Valley. Also enjoyed learning more about the history and current social and government situation of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The guides were excellent in providing these insights.

East Northport, USA
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