Even the most avid cyclist can find riding through traffic daunting, even under the best conditions or through cities that they’re very familiar with. For many, the idea of riding through an unfamiliar city or countryside can seem scary.

For many, Vietnam evokes miles and miles of rice fields or harrowing manoeuvres through hectic streets teeming with bicycles, motorcycles, and cars going in all directions. But Vietnam offers some of the most amazing cycling experiences in the world.

Hanoi Explorer

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This tour goes beyond the bustle and mayhem typically imagined of Vietnam’s capital city by visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most revered Buddhist pagodas, and cycling along the Red River passed picturesque lotus lakes, flower and vegetable gardens, as well as along quaint village lanes to create a new image of Hanoi.

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle

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Have a history lesson like no other on this tour from Hue to Hoi An. Travel along the Perfume River to visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites – learn about the powerful Ngu Yen Dynasty, visit the ancient village of Phouc Tich, pass mini mausoleums, pagodas and war memorials, enjoy the spectacular view from atop Hai Van pass of Danang, and the famous China Beach. From the town of Hoi An, you’ll cycle to Hindu temples built during the 4th and the 14th century by the Champa kings.

Ha Long Bay Cycle and Cruise

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This tour takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay. From there, you’ll cruise on breathtakingly crystal clear waters to beautiful Cat Ba Island and visit the biosphere reserve Cat Ba National Park. After spending the night on the beach, your next boat takes you to visit the newly discovered Thien Long cave, returning to Hanoi from there.

Red River Delta by Bike and Boat

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This tour takes you through villages, past ancient pagodas and temples, and serenely verdant rice fields. A cruise takes you to the ancient Bich Dong Pagoda, and then you ride to Hao Lu city, and on to Cuc Phuong National Park, the peaceful riverside town of Chi Ne and back to Hanoi.

Biking and Rafting Dalat

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A former French colonial retreat, now a popular honeymoon location, Dalat is a haven for mountain bikers. You can experience great hill climbing leading to breath-taking views of rich fields, lush forests, and rugged mountains. During the months of May through October, you’ll also experience an adrenaline-pumping day of rafting on the Langbian River.

Road Biking the Ho Chi Minh Highway

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This tour is for the cyclist with an athletic fitness level. The 922km route takes you along the wide, smooth, rolling highway with very little traffic. You’ll see farms, orchards, tribal villages, a spectacular cave, war sites, the ancient royal seat of Hue, and plenty of outstanding scenery. While this tour is for riders who are very physically fit, the bus is always nearby for anyone facing difficulties.

Mountain Biking Vietnam’s Tribal Trails

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Taking a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, you’ll cycle near the border of China through the comparatively unexplored northeast region of Vietnam, where special permits were required to visit until recently. You’ll ride through dramatic landscapes and ancient villages as you head east into Ha Giang.

Vietnam Central Coast

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This adventure is a delight for anyone who wants to explore Vietnam’s heart, from the historic monuments of Hoi An and Hue the old capital of the Ngu Yen Dynasty, to the relaxing beaches of Whale Island. This is cycling trip is full of history and culture, with an island beach resort ending.

Saigon to Hanoi

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This trip extends the length of Vietnam, exploring cultural highlights, towns and villages, the beach resort of Nha Trang, and historic cities of Hoi An and Hue. You’ll then enjoy the scenery of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay from the overnight Reunification Express train.

Meandering the Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta spreads into southern Vietnam tributaries. This fertile region is one of Vietnam’s largest producers of rice, fruits, and vegetables. You will see a unique part of Vietnam, and get an up-close view of life on the river.

Mountain Biking Vietnam’s Northwest Mountains

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Cyclists who want a challenge can enjoy a mixture of hill climbing and off-road trails around Fansipan, Indochina’s highest peak. Your reward for two long days of mountain biking is a stay at the charming Mai Chau lodge.

Mai Chau Trails

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Mountain bikers will love the Mai Chau trails good single-track paths, rolling jeep trails, and more complicated climbs. Then relax with dinner and a night at Mai Chau Valley View.

Cycling Vietnam’s Northeast Mountains

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Starting from Hanoi, you will take the train to Lao Cai, into the province of Ha Giang. You will ride through intense landscapes and pass colourful ethnic minorities. Your tour ends on a unique island in Ha Long Bay.

 

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