Hanoi Cycling Tours

See another side of Hanoi with a day cycling trip that takes you away from the busy of Hanoi’s city centre and into the nearby countryside. Observe local life as you cycle through villages and along of the Red Riverbank. Visit a traditional craft villages (ceramic, painting, wood carving..) where you will see their magical traditional way of producing and also past floating houses to colorful flower gardens. Before finishing the active day, we will cycle around the West Lake. Sip a cup of coffee and seeing the lakeside views before pedaling back to your hotel.

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Full day cycling (7 hours – 30km total)

Cycling to Countryside of Hanoi, visit local family (Lunch)

Opt 1: Biking route: Hanoi – Co Loa ancient citadel – Hanoi

8:30Am Meet up at your hotel. After a short briefing about the bike, gears, and the biking trail, you will begin your adventure by pedaling from your hotel to the other side of the Red River. You cycle across the Long Bien Bridge, the first steel bridge spanning the Red River in Hanoi, built by the French (French architect Gustave Eiffel, 1899-1902) and named after Paul Doumer (Governor General of French Indochina).

Continue cycling to Duong river, crossing the countryside of the Red River delta, a good chance for taking nice photos and witness the rural daily activities on the farm.

Then take a local boat crossing the Duong river. You will arrive in the area where people live of agriculture. You cycle from villages to villages, through rice fields and see friendly people. You will arrived to Co Loa citadel around noon. This old fortress attracts many foreign tourists for its historical and cultural value. It would be interesting for you to find that this Citadel is not only built in a large scale, but also took a very long time to construct. Especially, it has also been the source of various relics of the Dong Son culture of the Bronze Age. This would be a precious chance to explore such large site and its beauty. This spiral-shaped complex will take you to the mysterious ancient Vietnam thousands of years ago.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant or picnic lunch can be arranged.

After lunch, biking the road back to your hotel or you can be picked up by our vehicle and transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi.

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Opt 2: Biking route: Hanoi – But Thap pagoda – Dong Ho folk painting – Hanoi

07:30 Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer by car out of the Hanoi center along of the dike of the Duong River (cross the Red River).  Then start cycling from to But Thap pagoda (20km). We ride along the Duong riverbank, enjoy the peaceful countryside the river meanders through with rice and corn fields,bamboo trees and old pagodas.

We visit But Thap pagoda, the most typical pagoda in Vietnam, But Thap is recognized as one of the country’s most important cultural relics. The pagoda was built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278), and rebuilt in 1647 in the Le Dynasty by the Chinese Zen Buddhist priest Zhus Zhus (Chuyet Chuyet in Vietnamese).

Have lunch at a local restaurant or family.

After lunch, we continue biking to Dong Ho Village, where locals practice a unique form of folk woodcut painting using natural materials, such as Diep paper made from tree bark, then mixed with powdered seashells and color from tree leaves, flowers, and even coal. There are only 3 families left still engaged with painstaking craft, and you will meet a master craftsman to learn how to make the wooden paintings. Continue exploring the village by bike, and discover villagers making other paper crafts. Then get on our car transferring back to your hotel.

INCLUSION:
   • Experienced, knowledgeable, and active English-speaking local guides (unless, otherwise requested)
   • All entrance fees
   • Bike ride
   • All meals as mentionned in the program
   • owels and mineral water


EXCLUSION:
   • Drinks during meals
   • Vietnam visa (can be done with our Visa service)
   • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
   • Tip and other personal expenses
   • Services not mentioned in the program

 

WildlifeFan01
WildlifeFan01
Rating 5

We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

Visited December 2014
maijoucki
maijoucki
Rating 5

if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
Max_Lhb
Max_Lhb
Rating 5

Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
kami_kara
kami_kara
Rating 5

I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

Visited January 2015
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