A land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces, forested mountains, and long coastline in Northern region to the enormous mountains after mountains in the Central region, the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands, and the mighty delta and magnificent beaches of the south, Vietnam may be the most well-known biking destination.
Whether you are interested in a big city or a small lovely town, you can easily many places perfect for pedaling across the country. We have narrowed down the best places to go on a Vietnam cycling tour based on cycling infrastructure, local biking culture, and scenic beauty. Hit these trails around Vietnam to get a great view of the beautiful country from your bike.
Hanoi cycling tour
Hanoi is a premier travel destination where historical sites, chaotic traffic, and great street food are just some of the things that drive travelers to this lovely capital city year after year. What many people tend to forget about Hanoi is its exceptional natural beauty. Where to go biking in Vietnam? It must be Hanoi – where you have some really cool trails that are easy to access for all levels.
Sapa biking tour
A place with a unique character, Sapa is a dream destination that offers a complete package. The warm-hearted and welcoming ethnic people in Sapa offer extreme kindness to bike travelers since they invite you over to share tea, food specialties in a weekend market, and maybe even a place to stay overnight. In addition, Sapa also has a great climate for bike travel, an interesting culture, rich history, and a wide range of awesome food like cơm lam (sticky rice cooked in bamboo), thắng cố (a type of soup made of horsemeat, horse’s innards, horse’s viscera, and horse’s bone), thịt heo cắp nách (pig “theft armpit), etc. You can start by immersing yourself in the colors, smells, and heavenly beauty with hovering soft clouds among mountain ranges that this mountainous northern area of Vietnam is renowned for. The landscapes in Sapa are diverse too – you will find authentic villages such as Cat Cat Village, Lao Chai Village, Ta Van Village, Ma Tra Village, Supan Village, Y Linh Ho Village, Ta Phin Village, Ban Pho Village, etc. to stay almost everywhere.
Moc Chau biking tour
You can explore Moc Chau’s warmth, colors, and culture on a bike. You will see what it is like to ride along gorgeous ranges after ranges of hills and pedal through immense green tea plantation, and smooth winding roads. You can cycle anywhere, challenge yourself on the testing terrain and discover customs and way of life among the local tribes everywhere. These rides in the small peaceful town of Son La province in Northern Vietnam present views of the nearby rice paddies and remote villages, the passes with red poinsettia flowers, the blossoming hillsides, and the vast blue sky above.
Mai Chau biking tour
Mai Chau has achieved bike touring notoriety through its pristine mountainous environment and its variety of trails – from easy single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some challenging climbs – which are rewarded with ultimate descents. One of the best spots for your Vietnam biking tours – Mai Chau will grant you incredible views across quaint farming villages of the White Thai minority people, unique stilt houses, lush rice paddy fields, and men and women working hard on the rice fields.
Ha Giang biking tour
The rough roads – sometimes can be muddy and bumpy in the jaw-dropping mountainous region are popular amongst bike travelers – discover quiet meandering roads, majestic mountains, tortuous river, hill tribes, flower valley, the immerse pink color of Buckwheat flowers, and Hmong people’s cultures.
Hai Van Pass
Imposing green mountains on one side and sharp cliffs against the ocean on the other side, the steep slope, the continuous winding road, and more make this up-and-coming Vietnam’s destination ripe for a cycling adventure. If you are a biking enthusiast, Hai Van Pass on Truong Son range – the most dangerous pass in Vietnam will offer a dream-like place where you can find riding experiences for a lifetime.
From a journey to a road and mountain biking mecca to climbs over majestic mountain passes, truly great cycling routes can be found in all 3 regions, from the North to the South of Vietnam. For a cycling-centric weekend getaway to remember in Vietnam, pick one (or more) of these.