If you are planning your backpacking trip to Vietnam, or just curious about the culture, this book is perfect! The best range of eateries can be found in the bigger towns and cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. One fifth of the country's population lives here in the nine provinces it is divided into. Since 1990 they have reopened again but they are still monitored by the authorities to ensure no ‘raunchy' dancing takes place such as salsa or the lambada as these are technically banned!
The biggest of all festivals is Tet Nguyen Dan (Festival of the First Day) which takes place any time between 19th January and 20th February. There are different dialects spoken throughout the country. Instead of information centres with free glossy brochures to pick up they are more like travel agents with everything depending on sales.
It won't be hard posting mail from vietnam travel information (www.vietnam-travel.org) as opening hours are long (6am-8pm, 7 days a week) and stamps are extremely cheap. Our aim with this travel blog is to feed and water your wanderlust. Thanks to its great contributions to the pulbic, HFTGs is now well-known as Hanoi Little Ambassadors.
Professional guides do charge for their expertise and will tailor your tour to your likes. Search for things to do in Hanoi on TripAdvisor for ideas. Asking Why Indochina? is like asking why you ride.
The thrill of a place you've never been? The fun of passing rice paddies in a blur of speed. Days 1-2 With its treelined boulevards, parks and French colonial architecture, Hanoi is called the Paris of the Orient Relics of past empires line your ride through rural villages 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.
Days 5-6 Reach Cambodia by flight, then ride through the stunning Angkor ruins, a metropolis built to glorify Khmer kings Shop for keepsakes on Cam Kim, an island famous for ornate wood carvings Pedal past vibrant green rice paddies on peaceful roads. We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Your journey through Vietnam and Cambodia will probably be unlike any other travel experience.
As wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in this region, it's not always easy. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. 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 Cambodia, all Backroads bikes come with upright handlebars, as the terrain includes some rough roads with dirt and sand sections.