Taking this Best 1 Day Cycling Hanoi Countryside is one the best way to see and experience the beauty, the people, and the culture of Vietnam. Bicycle Riding in Rural Hanoi is a half day tour that takes you outside of Hanoi busy streets where you experience the real life of Hanoi people. The area to be visited is a mix of rice paddy fields and local homestead of rural Hanoians, who have inhabited and earned a living in the Red river delta for life. This tour sets itself apart by bringing international tourists the real Vietnamese’ culture, one that is not commonly shown in a classic day tour of Hanoi. It promise a great experience as tourists spend time outdoors to inhale the fresh air, smell the green rice fields, be charmed by the flowing Red river and learn about local people.
08:00AM. Depart from hotel. Leave behind the hustle & bustle of the city to the outskirt where a small village locates, on the left bank of the Red river- Bac Bien Village.
08:20AM. Arrive in local guide’s house. Welcomed coffee, tea and snacks. Tour guides give a briefing session and self-introduction and about his village, tour, bikes.
08:50AM. 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, local market and be caught in the beautiful rice paddy fields, gardens of vegetables and corns.
Pedal up to a dike of the Red river, cross 2 villages outside of the dyke. We come in a local house in traditional style, 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.
Stop by a local temple, which is located by the Red river. By good luck, we have a chance to see a unique ceremony of Vietnamese people –“ Len Dong” or “ Going into a trance”. This ceremony is very interesting, and unique to foreigners.
Have a drink with a family in the village to know more about their life, and the changes of the village & surrounding area.
At around 12.30: take a taxi or car back to hotel. End.
The biking trail is flexible (private tour), so if you are interested in riding (not visiting houses & temple), our guide can lead you to Co Loa – the ancient citadel to visit the vestige of the citadel, temples, beautiful back roads. Riding around villages then ride back to the dike of the Red river by different ways. Departure can be either 8am (morning tour) or 13.30pm (afternoon ride). Departure can be earlier/later based on summer/winter.