As more and more people are starting to get environmentally aware, people are starting to look for alternative ways to travel. What better way to be environmentally friendly than to bicycle? It’s faster than walking and way better for the environment than flying, taking the bus, train or driving on a motorbike. The best time to bicycle in Vietnam is either during autumn or spring, when the weather’s not too cold or too hot.
But with so much to see and do in Vietnam, where are the best places to cycle? Read on to find out where you should bike.
Besides exploring the gorgeous historical center in Hoi An, you should also rent a bike and pedal around the wonderful countryside. Outside of Hoi An, there’s beautiful beaches, small villages and natural landscapes that will take your breath away. The beaches are just a quick bike ride away, but if you’d like to go for a longer bicycle ride, you can always go all the way to Da Nang and explore the neighboring city as well.
If you’re up for more challenging terrains, head to Da Lat, the popular hill town with superb forest trails that’s paradise for mountain bikers. Da Lat has become a favorite amongst backpackers thanks to its natural scenery, mountains and jaw-dropping views. You can bike through coffee plantations, pine forests, fields and majestic mountains.
Are you more of a beach person? Then you mustn’t miss Nha Trang, one of Vietnam’s most popular beach towns. It’s here where you can relax, go to the beach every day, eat delicious seafood and refresh yourself. Nha Trang is heaven for those who’s looking for a tropical vacation. It’s also one of the nicest places to rent a bicycle and cruise along the beach. It’s simply marvelous!
Hai Van Pass
If you’ve done some research about Vietnam, you’ve probably heard of the Hai Van Pass. It’s considered one of the top rides in the whole Southeast Asia and you’ll see why once you do it. Most people tend to do it by motorbike, but doing it with a bicycle is just as enjoyable, if not more. You’ll be riding along the gorgeous coastline of Vietnam, towering mountains, literally breathtaking ascents and descents before you reach your destination. It’s great for adrenaline junkies and for those who’s looking for a challenge.
Cat Ba National Park
The island of Cat Ba is one of the most important nature reserves in Vietnam and has plenty of hidden beaches, caves, waterfalls, limestone mountains and valleys. It’s the perfect place to bike because the roads are quite flat, the traffic is better than in the bigger cities and there’s so much to explore here. You can spend a month in Cat Ba and still haven’t seen it all.
Mekong Delta is great to bike because it’s much more comfortable than in the mountainous parts of Vietnam. The further south you get in Vietnam, the flatter the roads, so if you just want a comfortable bicycle ride, you should consider Mekong Delta. The scenery is idyllic and you’ll be passing by small villages, rice paddies, canals, and streams where people have their houses.
Ho Chi Minh City
Now, some people would say that biking in a big city is stressful. And it can be, if you’re not used to the traffic. But since Ho Chi Minh City is a massive city, biking it can be a great alternative for those who don’t want to walk it or always having to take a taxi. If you’re just aware of your environment, you bike slowly and you bike safely, you’ll have a great time exploring Vietnam’s biggest city on a bicycle.
Biking cross country
Are you up for an even bigger challenge? Then why not consider doing the entire Vietnam on a bicycle? You’ve probably heard of people buying or renting a scooter and driving cross country, but have you ever considered doing it on a bicycle? You should! Biking is great fun and it’ll allow you to see places that you could never reach with a car, bus or train. Vietnam is also a generally safe country to travel in although traffic can get hectic. If you want to bike cross country in Vietnam, take into consideration how long it will take you so you can apply for the right type of visa. You can get a ‘Visa on Arrival’ for example, and apply for either a 1 or 3 month visa. You can apply for this type of visa from wherever you are in the world and it usually takes a few business days to get it. Do note that you can only enter Vietnam by air if you acquire this type of visa. If you’re coming by land, you must go through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa with them.