Bicycle Tourism in Vietnam

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Mai Chau cycling tour
Mai Chau cycling tour

Cycling through quiet roads and enjoying beautiful scenery is what tourists have come to expect out of Vietnam’s growing bicycle tourism industry. Bicycle tourism is nothing new in Vietnam, but recently the industry has received a wealth of new business from tourists looking to enjoy the sights of Vietnam in a more personal way.

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Renting a Bicycle

If you plan on taking a guided bicycle tour, the tour company will provide your bicycle, but if you plan on touring Vietnam by yourself, you will need to talk to a local bicycle vendor. With the rise of bicycle tourism in Vietnam, bicycle vendors are in every major town, and you can get a few months of bicycle time for about the same price as a month-long bus pass. When you rent a bicycle, the vendor will ask you to give him your passport. After you return from your trip, you will get your passport back once you pay what you owe. The rental also should include a helmet and regional map.

Hanoi bike shop
Hanoi bike shop

Saigon City Tours

Saigon, one of the largest cities in Vietnam, is a popular place for bike tours, and this historic city has many sites accessible by bicycle. The History Museum of Saigon is a offers exhibits showcasing the history and culture of Vietnam, and it is located next door to a zoo, so bicycle tourists can easily visit both places. One of the benefits to bicycle tours are how flexible they are. You can visit Saigon’s historic landmarks, cruise through some of the less-traveled alleys to get a better picture of what life in Vietnam is like, then stop at a diner when hunger strikes.

Biking in Saigon
Biking in Saigon

Red River Delta Tours

The Red River Delta is another popular bicycle tour location, and allows bicycle tourists to take a scenic route through Vietnam along the river. The terrain is fairly easy to navigate. There are hills, but they are not steep, and the majority of the bike paths are flat. A Red River Delta tour is ideal for travelers who are interested in seeing the local scenery, and is a good places to get some exercise.