Hoi An a leading global attraction for cyclists

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

Hoian is known as a beautiful and historic city befitting of its UNESCO World Heritage Status that is superb for a casual ride around but pedal a little further out to uncover the wonderful countryside and a real slice of Vietnam. Wake up early to bask in the city’s charms then pedal out into the sweeping countryside to meet the locals who make this place tick. Witness their traditional customs such as weaving, boat building and rice wine making continuing to ride past gorgeous bamboo houses and never-ending rice paddies.

Unlike Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, the two biggest cities in Vietnam that are full of noisy vehicles and modern skyscrapers, Hoi An has managed to preserve its tranquillity and slow pace of life managed to preserve its tranquillity and slow pace of life. So Hoi An has The ancient town Hoi An is one of world’s six best places to explore on bicycles, says global online accommodation reservations provider Agoda.

On the occasion of World Bicycle Day (June 3), Agoda has released a list of six world-famous cities and towns that provide backpackers and foreign tourists with the most beautiful cycling routes.

Hoi An, the charming little town in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, is included in the list, having been a pioneer in the country since 2004 for ensuring pedestrian-friendly streets.

Motorbikes and cars are banned from the town centre for large parts of the day – from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., making bicycles the most ideal choice for foreigners to explore the town.

In Hoi An, most hotels, restaurants and homestay facilities offer bike rental services.

Many visitors prefer riding bicycles through narrow alleys and past the yellow houses with their old red-tiled roofs. Tourists pay only VND20,000 to VND40,000 ($0.86 - 1.7) for renting a bicycle a day.

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British newspaper The Telegraph last year named Hoi An among world’s cheapest global destinations, citing the Post Office’s annual Long Haul Holiday Report.

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Sources: VN Express International

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