Cycling in Vietnam - travel guide for Vietnam bike trip

Vietnam is a country well-known for its stunning beauty and diverse nature, ranging from never-ending rice paddies to a long coastline of glorious beaches and magnificent mountains. Thanks to the great dense network of roads that connect all regions of the S-shaped country, a cycling trip is an active and brilliant way to explore the hidden beauty as well as enhancing your health like every other form of exercise. Below is the list of the best places to cycle in Vietnam which can help you to choose the suitable one based on your needs and budget of time.

1. Cycling in Hanoi

The cultural capital of Vietnam is a perfect place to explore while cycling along chaotic streets and delightful tree-lined boulevards. The popular streets and sites for getting around on a hassle-free bike are Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hoang Dieu Street, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, West Lake, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Old Quarter. If you have a few days for Hanoi, cycling to a suburb like Duong Lam Ancient Village or Bat Trang Ceramic Village is a great chance to enjoy the peaceful landscapes and meet local people.

2. Cycling in Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park based on an island in the north of Vietnam is one of the most important nature reserves in the country. Cycling through the park, you will be able to see the large collection of animals and plants with several of them are unique to Vietnam as well as explore hidden beaches, amazing valleys, breathtaking mountains, and mysterious caves.


3. Cycling in Mai Chau

Located in the mountainous area of Hoa Binh Province, Mai Chau is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, friendly people, stunning landscapes, and colorful ethnic market. It is one of the great regions for cycling with minimal traffic during your journey to the North of Vietnam which will bring you the chance to get away from urban luxury, admire the beauty among nature and observe the country’s life with a unique culture. The popular places for cycling in Mai Chau are the rustic Lac Village and the romantic Pom Coong Village which represents Thai ethnic culture.

4. Cycling in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is among the best cycling destinations in Vietnam due to its amazing rice fields, lovely rivers, breathtaking limestone cliffs, and a lot of important religious sites. During the routes, you can observe local people’s daily life and communicate with them to know more about their traditional culture and customs. The biking trip here surely gives you an insight into Vietnam’s countryside and relaxing time as well. The popular routes for biking in Ninh Binh mostly depart from Tam Coc to Bich Dong/ Mua Cave/ Thung Nham/ Trang An/ Hoa Lu and you of course can change to any other points that you want.

5. Cycling in Hue

Hue is a lovely city surrounded by lots of important historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes. It is a perfect destination to get out of busy daily life and leisurely explore the city on a bike. You can easily catch the sights of local people slowly cycling on the streets so this means of transportation is surely an appropriate way to feel their souls and understand the history through interesting stories that were told at each structure.

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6. Cycling in Hoi An

Hoi An, a beautiful ancient town, is an ideal place for a relaxing cycling trip. The traffic-free roads in the city lead you to pass by dense streets, busy markets, colorful shops, and ancient temples. Cycling through the rural areas to feel the peaceful atmosphere, meet hospitable people, observe their daily lives and get a glimpse of the iconic images of Vietnam such as rice paddies, water buffaloes, bamboo houses…

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7. Cycling in Dalat

Located in the Central Highland of Vietnam, Dalat is not only a perfect destination for honeymooners but also mountain bikers. The cool fresh air, amazing view, and stunning forest trails make it become a highlight in the list of must-experience of each biker. The popular biking routes can be named a few including the base of Lang Biang Mountain, Victory Lake, Valley of Love, and some magnificent waterfalls.

8. Cycling in Cat Tien National Park

Located in the South of Vietnam, Cat Tien National Park is famous for its rich biodiversity of lowland tropical rainforest and is an ideal destination for mountain biking with challenging steep sections of volcanic rocks. The cycling routes in the park will bring you passing by lava tubes, rubber and coffee plantations, Teak forests, and wild elephant territory.

9. Cycling in Hochiminh City

The best way to get deep insights into the rich culture, history, and busy daily life of people living in Ho Chi Minh City is to spend a day on a bicycle. Capture the beautiful and impressive French colonial architecture like Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office. Feel the bustling atmosphere at Chinatown, including paying a visit to Cholon and Binh Tay Market. After passing by the Reunification Palace, you can make a final stop to refresh yourself at any local food stalls at Ben Thanh Market or drink some “Bia hoi” at Bui Vien Street.

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10. Cycling in Mekong Delta

The vast fertile Mekong Delta strongly facilitates Vietnam to be one of Asia’s largest producers of rice, fruit, and vegetables. The flat road in Mekong Delta is comfortable for cycling while enjoying the endless rice fields and delightful orchards. Here, local people live on the dense network of rivers, canals, and streams so you can also experience the charming riverside villages and colorful floating markets.

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