Cycling in Vietnam

Cycling in Vietnam is a very popular way of getting around its cities & countryside. Cycling is a unique way to explore the best locations.

For very little cash, a bicycle can be rented for a few dollars a day with child seats & cycle helmets possible in some locations.

Whether you are interested in city culture, scenic views or countryside lifestyles. You will get enormous enjoyment out of a bicycle ride in Vietnam.

Check below where we would recommend best cycling in Vietnam!

Hanoi

It may surprise you to know that Hanoi is on our list of cycle destinations in Vietnam. It doesn’t scream “best cycling trips in Vietnam” due to the busy traffic.

But, there are great places to take a cycling ride if you know where.

You can still take a lovely ride early morning to see local Hanoians taking their daily exercise. A cycle ride around Hanoi will give you great opportunities to see Tai Chi, dancing, walkers & joggers. Not to mention the local markets selling goods to local traders.

Many tight alleyways to explore with locals having their breakfast before heading out to work.

Long Bien market, the biggest fruit and vegetable market in Hanoi is a great way to start the day cycling in Hanoi.

Then Head out to Long Bien Bridge and take the steps down in to the countryside you never thought possible in Hanoi. Here you can cycle around the narrow dirt paths and see local people working their gardens.

Passing by banana trees, rice fields, vegetable patches and even a nudist colony!! Oh, yes, this city can surprise you quite a bit!

After this perhaps a visit to the famous Dong Xuan market. This is where motorbikes heavily ladened with their stock head out to their buyers! A great spectacle to see!

Then on to Mural Street where students and artists have painted their works of art. A very unique place to go in Hanoi and fairly safe due to less traffic.

Biking in Vietnam can be an exciting adventure especially in Hanoi!

Ninh Binh

Biking in Vietnam would not be complete if not going to Ninh Binh. Including Trang An and Tam Coc national park, the best cycle routes in north Vietnam are here in our opinion. A fantastic destination with stunning landscapes, which our family regularly visits for a weekend break from Hanoi.

Starting from your hotel or Homestay in Tam Coc you can head to the boating harbour. From here you can either head left towards Thung Nham bird Park through Tam Coc town.

Or, head behind the harbour and through some tight alleyways to bring you out to the rice fields and limestone karsts.

You can pick up cycling routes in Tam Coc from your hotel and take the planned routes. Or, plan a route from a map and discover unique trails for yourself.

 

 

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is the least travelled location in north Vietnam. This is great if already maxed out with crowds of tourists in Halong Bay for example.

Set deep in the valleys of the mountains with gorgeous lush forests all around you. This is an extremely photogenic place to be and one not to miss off your bucket list of cycling in Vietnam.

Along with local craft shops, traditional businesses & friendly local people make cycling in Mai Chau an absolute pleasure.

Cycling in Mai Chau is best experienced over a few days because of the long journey from Hanoi. There are plenty of homestays to choose from and must be tried if you have the time, it is a 3 hours drive from Hanoi. 

We can offer weekend breaks to Mai Chau including cycling, check them out now! 

 

Hue

Cycling in Hue city has become very popular these days and we can see why.

A wonderful countryside to explore on the way to see the Royal Tombs & pagodas. Or cycling through the city along the Perfume River, watching the dragon boats float downstream & across the bridge to the Hue Citadel.

A cycle ride to the best eateries in Hue would be a great way to check out some of the best food in Vietnam.

You could also cycle to the beach just 18 km away. Here you could enjoy a delightful seafood lunch on the seafront. Then take a lazy afternoon sunbathing on the beach before cycling back to your hotel.

Hoi An

A trip to Hoi An is not all about shopping and riverside cafes! Although it can if you wish! It also means a cycle ride out on cycling routes in the countryside to check out temples, rice fields and local craft villages.

Cycle to the beach just 4 km away from the centre of Hoi An. Enjoy a tasty & budget friendly seafood lunch on the beach to then enjoy some sunbathing.

As the centre of Hoi An is closed off to traffic, you can still ride around the tight alleyways and winding ancient streets by bicycle.

Check out the boutique shops and stop off for a coffee or beer by the river.

Hoi An is a delightful ancient town and must be added to your Vietnam itinerary, contact us to include in yours!

 

 

Dalat

Mountain biking is a very popular form of cycling in Vietnam and Dalat is number one for these adventurous routes.

For the more keen cycle riders amongst you. The routes starting in Dalat and finishing in either Mui Ne or Nha Trang are perfect.

Cycling through small minority villages, coffee plantations & jungle forested valleys to the beautiful beaches below.

Now this is the best cycling in Vietnam! Contact us to organise cycling in Dalat today!

Mekong Delta

A great experience to bike in Vietnam must be taking a trip to the Mekong Delta from Saigon. This will give you fantastic opportunities to ride bicycles through the local villages.

Explore the back roads in to minority villages, alongside river waterways in the shade of coconut palms. Stop off for drinks and a chat with the indigenous people & maybe even taste local food of the Mekong Delta.

Including a floating market visit early morning along with your bike ride will certainly give you fond memories of the day.