Hanoi cycling tour – a better option than just wandering off in boredom
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Walking in loneliness or riding a motorbike seems to be so overtaken! Why don't we try something new with this kind of travel – Hanoi Cycling tour.
Vacation has never been so easy thanks to the massive evolvement of social media and transportation. Just by last year, 2017, Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city had welcomed roughly 5 million foreign visitors. Top of the chart recorded tourists coming from China, followed by South Korea, Japan, France, The US, Germany and the list goes on. Within only 0.88 seconds, Google shows a surprising list of 76 million results for this typical question “Where to go in Hanoi?”. Frankly speaking, Hanoi, Saigon and other 3 municipalities or even many big cities in the country out there offer a wide range of walking tours, day tours, customized tours, cruise tours, scooter tours, food tours and so on. These may have outclassed visitors’ search for cycling tours, as it seems just so fun sneaking through the mass on the back of a tiny scooter, especially in Vietnam. Today’s post introduces the finest selection of roads best for cycling in Hanoi for bike lovers!
Hanoi’s brief intro
Regarded as a sacred land of the country and lied in the middle of Red River Delta, Hanoi has constantly developed to turn into an extremely populous and residential center. Throughout over two thousand years of history filled with destruction, wars and natural disasters, Hanoi has still maintained many ancient architectural masterpieces including the town of Old Quarter and more than 600 pagodas and temples. Popular must-see spots include One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature (both built in the XI century), Hanoi Citadel, Opera House, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and so on.
Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi
Where to cycle in Hanoi?
First suggestion comes with this well-known town: Hanoi Old Quarter, named in accordance with its existence since the monarchy. The area was a residential, manufacturing and commercial center, where every single street was specialized in a unique type of trade. Nowadays, the place is an appealing destination for those interested in the history of Hanoi. Most of the ancient houses (built around the XVIII and XIX century) here are tube houses with slanted tile roofs with the side facing the street made as an entrance to the shop inside.
Lovely daily activities in Hanoi Old Quarter
One special feature can be seen when cycling around this Old Quarter is the Opera House has known as an outstanding architectural, cultural and political icon since 1911.
Hanoi Opera House
One other special route you can probably take is Duong Lam ancient village recorded as the first ancient village in Vietnam. The site has a history lasting approximately 12 centuries with many houses dating back to 400 years ago. Today, Duong Lam village is still able to well remain most of the basic features of a typical village of Vietnam, such as trees, courtyard, temples, well, water fields and so on. The roads at Duong Lam gain their fame due to the fact that they were shaped as the bones of a fish.
Duong Lam ancient village
Highlighted in the middle of the village, Mia Pagoda or Sung Nghiem Tu is situated on a small hill. The pagoda has the traditional architecture and a valuable system of Buddha statues. As most of the other ancient pagodas in Vietnam, Mia Pagoda also owns 100-year-old giant banyan tree behind the main gate with luxuriant shade making a peaceful and quiet atmosphere.
Last but not least, Bat Trang pottery village is my final potential for this list. This has become one of the most well-known traditional handicraft villages in both Vietnam and Hanoi. Having a journey to the place, you will have an opportunity to experience a wonderful ecotourism and countless intriguing activities. Bat Trang is known for its production of high-quality ceramic products. Stores at Bat Trang made their works of art in different shapes and styles. Manufactured by households, the price here is accordingly reasonable.
Can they be future ceramics makers?
Visiting the ceramic village, tourists are able to come join in a huge archive of recreational pastimes, such as riding on buffaloes all around the site for an absolute tour of the village. Guests are therefore not able to miss any of the simulations of making a handmade ceramic gift. You will be provided a rotating tool and a tray of clay. Locals will walk you through basic steps in how to create a fine-looking ceramic vase for instance.
Cycling tour seems way too similar in other nations but still not so developing compared with other types of sightseeing tours in Vietnam. Please do not let yourself miss out on any special chance if you ever have a chance to visit this lovely capital, just by sitting on a bike, cycling throughout the small area of the Old Quarter is even good enough, both for your physical and mental health.