HANOI – COUNTRYSIDE FULL DAY CYCLING
Local life: cyclists shall get a good grasp of how local people’s lives unfold – from farmers working on their fields and gardens (wet rice cultivation) to children riding a bicycle to school (education system) and even daily chores such as shopping for grocery or communal gathering. Local history, culture, believes, relationship are well reflected by visiting or passing by pagodas, temples and shrines. A tailor-made program just for you!
Hanoi – Countryside Cycling tour
08:00 Our tour guide will come to your hotel to meet you. If your hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter, the one-day cycling tour begins with a short walk through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter. You will walk through the Dong Xuan market, the ancient gate of the citadel of Hanoi and the Long Bien Bridge before arriving at the departure point. If you stay a little further outside of the Old Quarter, we will take a taxi to the bike rental place.
08:30 After a brief introduction to the use of our bicycles and the biking road, we begin our adventure by cycling along the Red River. Visit the middle island along the riverside. Then continue cycling until we reach the Long Bien Bridge. Cycle across the Long Bien bridge to Ngoc Thuy village.
10:00 Start pedaling through small alleys of Bac Bien village to the Duong river’s bank. Then take a local boat ferry to cross the river to its left bank. Ride a bike along the dike, from villages to villages where we can see many traditional typical houses, pagodas, temples, and local market. We also drive through beautiful rice paddy fields, gardens of vegetables and corns. Have a drink with a local family in the village to know more about their life, and the changes of the village & surrounding area.
11:00 Continue cycling to Co Loa. When we arrive Co Loa Citadel, we have a rest at a “local bar” in Co Loa to have a iced green tea/ coffee or sugar cane juice and hear about the interesting historical story about An Duong Vuong’s dynasty over 2000 thousand years ago.
11:30 Visit An Duong Vuong King temple. Then, cycling around the vestige of citadel with the beautiful gardens, rice paddy fields, villages.
13:00 Have lunch where we get traditional Vietnamese food at a local restaurant.
14:00 Pedal through some other villages to a dike of the Red river, cross 2 villages outside of the dyke. We’ll visit a local house in traditional style to have a conversation with the villagers to understand more about their lives, works. Cycling on the dyke along the Red river, we will see the meeting point of 2 rivers. We stop under an old tree by the river for drinks, snacks, and photos. Heading back to the ferry. Crossing the Duong River by ferry again.
15:30 Stop at a local temple, which is located by the Red river. If we’re lucky enough, we will see a unique ceremony of Vietnamese people – “Len Dong” or “ Going into a trance”. This ceremony is very interesting and unique.
17:00 We reach the bike rental place. After returning the mountain bikes, we take a taxi or car back to your hotel.
- English speaking cycling guide
- Meals as specified in the program and coffee breaks through out the day
- Rain poncho if needed
- Mountain bike and safety gear
- All entrance fees and round trip boat rides
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- Booking voucher from us
- Cash for personal expense
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
What do I need to know?
During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a
towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect
repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler
months of November to March are advised. How much luggage can I take? Your
vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in
a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for
easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the
luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one.
Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!