Urban Discovery
Urban Discovery
4.5

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captainjill
Singapore22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
A group of six of us went on the West Lake Tour, which started in a little Spanish tapas bar & bicycle shop named The Hanoi Bicycle Collective. They assigned two guides to us, Vaness and Binh, who were knowledgeable, attentive and took great care of us.

The whole tour took nearly five hours as we stopped at many sights along the way and took it an an easy pace - we stopped at a temple/pagoda where offerings were fervently being made on the first day of the lunar month, then had lotus tea at a lotus farm, before cycling on to the "dragon gate". We then went through some insane traffic to the B52 lake, before heading to Ngu Xa for a delicious local lunch of pho prepared in three different styles. All in, we covered about 20 km, cycling on quiet paths, small lanes and major roads.

The Hanoi traffic is quite something to contend with, but one just needs to follow the guides and ride fearlessly ... there's order in the chaos, and the Hanoi motorists will move around you so you need not really worry. There were many moments when we could not believe we were cycling in such hair-raising traffic, but at the same time, we never really felt in danger.

The danger eventually came in a snatch theft - where a member of our group had her backpack snatched from the basket in front of the bicycle. One can never be too careful in such situations.

But all in, this was a rewarding experience as the tour took us to places in Hanoi we would otherwise have never seen on our own. Certainly something I would recommend!
Written July 28, 2014
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tom11004
Bern, Switzerland61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
We booked the West Lake and the Red River tour. Concerns about the traffic in Hanoi were dispelled rapidly as we began to cycle along quite small alleys and learned bit by bit to immerse the traffic and after two days we felt quite easy. We cycled around West Lake and found Lake B-52 and we crossed the impressive Long Bien Bridge respectively. Besides we learned much about daily life in Hanoi, enjoyed delicious local drinks and food and lost fear of eating streetfood. Our tour guide was careful and funny.
Written October 13, 2013
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Pollylau
Hong Kong7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Booked the West Lake tour with my friends. We were cycling along the West Lake with beautiful scene, nice weather and autumn breeze. The tour guide leaded us to those spots by bicycle. We were enjoyed so much.

We had local foods for lunch.

The most exciting part is we cycled in a busy traffic with those motorbikes, trucks and cars. That is my first time to try it. So exited.
Written October 29, 2013
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A1V1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
After 5 days of walking and looking at the traffic, it was time for us to join.

We did a tour around the lake with just our family (boys of 8 and 10). It was approx 17 km and it took us approx 3.5 hours. Our guide was very flexible, the boys fun and wellbeing was leading in here. She provided a lot of information and was very keen on showing the real Vietnam. She took us safely and with confidence through traffic. It made our boys conclude that cycling was actually easier than at home, “since here, you do not need to know any rules”.

The bicycles were in good condition. They had them in the size of our kids.

Would do it again.
Written August 5, 2013
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Brad W
Newcastle, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
We are fans of city cycle tours...they usually show a different side of the city. We weren't disappointed with Urban Discovery. Despite being a little apprehensive about tackling the crazy city traffic, we were advised to simply be 'a rolling stone in a stream', so strapping on our helmets we threw ourselves into the abyss.

It was a tremendous morning. One minute we were up to our necks in motorbikes and trucks, the next we were bumping along dirt tracks in silence. From the backstreets to the countryside to the city traffic, we saw it all. There were regular stops along the way and the actual cycling wasn't strenuous.

If you are confident in the Hanoi traffic and want some adventure in your daily travels, then jump on a bike!
Written December 25, 2012
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UKinDK
Copenhagen, Denmark44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cycling tours of Hanoi are absolutely brilliant. 2 guides take you on a tour of the parts of Hanoi that other tours simply cannot reach. They use local knowledge to tell you all about this brilliant city and show you how real Hanoians live their day to day lives. You also get to sample roadside cuisine with tea and lunch breaks at personally selected cares. Nothing 'touristy' about it, you feel like you really get to know the city.

The traffic is madness, and you do need your wits about you, but the guides look after you and so long as you have a bit of courage, you'll be fine!

Did this tour today, a great find and a brilliant tour. Hope it gets more rave reviews it truly deserves.
Written March 6, 2012
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Shellibells
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
We had loads of fun on this tour, biking was a nice change from walking and you covered a fair bit of ground while getting a bit of history. We chose the Red River tour from 8.30am-12.30pm which took us by a beautiful cemetery, along wide calm back streets and farmland, across the river, and yes into a little traffic but nothing too difficult to manage.

Our guide Doan was very relaxed but attentive and we really enjoyed our chat over a cup of tea at a local spot away from the Old Quarter. And lunch was delish :)

A great way to spend a morning away from the hustle and bustle, easily recommend for all levels.
Written May 7, 2013
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Karensc2011
Seattle, WA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed this cycling adventure and concur with other reviewers that this was an opportunity to see the side of Hanoi not seen by most tourists with a capable and interesting guide. From seeing a closeup of a cemetery to crossing the Long Bien Bridge, to having a cup of tea with the locals to seeing farming closeup it was definitely a highlight of my trip. I do think one needs to have a degree of comfort with the traffic as you will be riding in traffic at times. However, most of the trip is on the backroads and very relaxing. Since Hanoi has no hills to speak of (I bike in Seattle, wa.), I was not tired after the experience!
Written April 15, 2013
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ant_greeny
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
A good way to get around and see the real Hanoi. You cover a lot of ground (about 20km) and you become part of the crazy traffic (which just seems to work!). My bike broke down and the guide had it fixed by one of the mechanics you see on the foot path, so we got the full experience.

A good way to spend your morning, but you will be tired after!!
Written October 27, 2012
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Mannymia
Johannesburg, South Africa71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
A very well organized bicycle tour in and around Hanoi, for me there was nothing too spectacular about the scenery or surrounding areas that the tour navigates except for a nice pagoda attached to an orphanage, but what makes this tour very good is the fact that it takes in the parts of Hanoi that the tourists don't venture into. It shows the other side of Hanoi - what i like to call the real side where the locals live, work, eat and generally spend their time and their days. This is what makes this a fantastic tour, it is very well organized the tour guides are very good, so overall a great way to spend 4+ hours
Written September 12, 2012
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