Be the First in Cycling Vietnam amongst Your Friends

Although a tiny nation close to the South China Sea, Vietnam is a spectacular holiday destination for tourists looking for some offbeat adventure. The country has a vast geographical and cultural heritage, which makes it unique. The sea of people on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), or a magnificent cave system at the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the country never fails to surprise its visitors.

Probably the most suitable way to explore this stunning country is on a cycle. The cycling Vietnam routes take adventurous tourists like you on a jaw-dropping trip. The most suitable time for cycling through this country is during the spring season when the weather is at its most charming self.       

So, what are you waiting for? Take inspiration from the following list and get out exploring some uncharted lands.

1. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is probably most recognized for its association with the Vietnam War. Previously referred to as Saigon, the city has been well-known for its French connection. At HCMC, you will find the beautiful blend of old and new, where the old colonial architectures exist with modern skyscrapers. While traveling through the city on the cycling Vietnam expeditions, do explore the old Saigon quarters. Also, the trip to the busy Chinatown and the Binh Tay Market is a must for every tourist.  

Must have experiences in the city

• Visiting old French quarters of the city
• Eating the spicy street food and street-side beer, Bia hoi, for an explosion of flavors in the mouth
• Shopping at Ben Thanh Market
• Drinking Vietnamese coffee

Bike in Hoi An
Bicycles Available for Hire
Ho Chi Minh City
Old Saigon Quarters

2. Hanoi

The picturesque capital of Vietnam is an ancient city surrounded by beautiful tree laden boulevards and century-old monuments. Once an important city of Vietnam, Hanoi offers a host of experiences to its visitors. With its beautiful lakes and parks, the metropolis is perfect for a cycle expedition. The vibrant old European quarters, as well as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, are a must-visit place for any visitor to Hanoi. For the traveler looking for something extra on their Vietnam expedition, the city is a perfect destination. 

Must have experiences in the city

• Visiting important landmarks of the city including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, One Pillar Pagoda, and the French Village
• Enjoying the Hanoi nightlife
• Tourists interested in offbeat experiences can visit the less popular corners of the city
• Learning Vietnamese cooking

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

Hanoi Nightlife, Vietnam
Hanoi Nightlife, Vietnam

3. Sa Pa

Located in the northern portion of Vietnam, Sa Pa is a stunning location. Ideal stop on the cycling Vietnam route, the place is often covered with mist rolled clouds. If you are in mountain cycling, then it is the place for you. The steep uphill and downhill cycling routes give visitors a chance to explore the culture of the native communities of the region. These indigenous communities, who live in the scattered hamlets, work as farmers. The Vietnamese highland practice steep cultivation, giving Sa Pa its unique look. P.S. Cyclist heading for Sa Pa will require sturdy mountain bikes with strong rubber tires. The durable framework and well-oiled gears are required for riding comfort.    

Must have experiences in the city

• Relaxing at the lap of nature
• Trekking and photography
• Climbing or riding the cable car to the summit of Fansipan Mountain
• Enjoying the Hmong-style cuisine of Sa Pa with some craft beer and house wine   

A Good Place for Mountain Cycling
Sapa Terrace Rice Fields
Charming Nature Landscape of Terrace

4. Mekong Delta

The ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, Mekong Delta bordering Cambodia is a popular destination for cycling expedition. Located on the banks of the Mekong Delta River, the region is well-known for its floating markets and serpentine canals. The country-side is covered in vast paddy fields and fruit orchards, and while touring through the vast landscape visitors come across almost all the shades of green in the landscape. Since the delta is flat, cycling through the Mekong is easier – making it a bike-friendly location. However, it is recommended to plan the trip avoiding the rainy seasons.

Must have experiences in the region

• Visiting the local floating market
• Exploring the Vinh Trang Pagoda, Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, local fruit orchard, and the Tra Su Mangrove Forest
• Climbing the Sam Mountains, or relaxing at the Sao Beach  

Mekong Delta
Cycling Through the Mekong
Mekong Delta
Local Fruit Orchards

5. Hoi An

Hoi An offers a host of experiences to its visitors and is highly recommended for any Vietnam cycling trips. The rural setting of Hoi An makes it a perfect escape from the noises and crowds of the city. The winding highway, Hai Van Pass, gives the cyclists a chance to come across the lush paddy fields and stunning landscape of the region. The old city quarters, with its antique tea houses, Chinese temples, and Japanese merchant lodgings, reflect the aura of old school charm. After a tiring cycling expedition, you can stretch your legs at a local restaurant while sipping the famous Vietnamese coffee.

Must have experiences in the region

• Exploring the popular landmarks of Hoi An, including the countryside
• Eating the traditional Vietnamese cuisines - shrimp dumplings, traditional noodles and pancakes   
• Shopping, especially suits, handbags, and clothes     

Hoi An
Cycling in the Countryside in Hoi An

Vietnam Japanese Covered Bridge
Japanese Covered Bridge

Things to remember while cycling in Vietnam

• Weather from October through February is ideal for cycling in the country. During the period, the rainy season comes to an end and the weather gets cooler - more appropriate for cycling.
• You will find bike repair shops in almost every corner of the country.
• Use cords, wraps, and racks to carry and store luggage. Also, carrying some extra cords could be helpful while traveling cross country.
• For night time cycling, always use front and rear lights.
• Always travel around Vietnam with helmet.
• Wear sunscreen.
• Vietnam is a fascinating country, with a strong cycling culture and breathtaking landscape. The country has a strong historical background and diverse cultural background. While touring Vietnam on two wheels, you get the taste of rural flavors and busy city life.        

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