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Urban Discovery

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Want to see the REAL Hanoi? Explore the backstreets and find Hanoi's hidden gems in our half-day guided cycling tours.
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captainjill wrote a review Jul 2014
Singapore23 contributions28 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: July 2014
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RolfT8008 wrote a review Mar 2014
Gig Harbor, Washington53 contributions15 helpful votes
If you can handle the "thrill" of cycling in Hanoi traffic, this is the way to see the city and learn about the culture. The Hanoi Bicycle Collective in the Tay Ho District near West lake provides good bikes and helmets. Four of us did the Red River Tour. Our guide, Binh, was delightful and knowledgeable. She provided us with an unforgettable experience
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Date of experience: February 2014
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Pollylau wrote a review Oct 2013
Hong Kong7 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2013
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tom11004 wrote a review Oct 2013
Bern, Switzerland65 contributions36 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2013
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A1V1 wrote a review Aug 2013
Amsterdam, The Netherlands132 contributions26 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2013
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