Central Vietnam offers numerous interesting sights for cycling. Let’s find out the most beautiful cycling routes in Central Vietnam. If you have heard of Vietnam, you may know about its beautiful coastal line in the Central with so many nice destinations to visit. You can start your adventure here by some means of transportation such as motorbike, private car or taxi. Each kind of transportation has its own unique features that can bring you different experiences. For those who love cycling, there are 3 out of the most beautiful routes in Central Vietnam. So, they can take suggestions in this article to discover many more new things.
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Hoi An is such a perfect place for people to cycle around because it is so peaceful and cycle-friendly. Cycling out of Hoi An’s Old Town, you will have an opportunity to see beautiful paddle fields and traditional villages. You can also see a lot of tourists as well as local people getting around. As a result, you will know more about Vietnamese culture by observing the way they live. Then, you can compare to other countries in Asia to find similarities and differences.
Normally, if you just go around Hoi An, you can rent a bicycle from the hotel you are staying in or from any areas nearby. The price is about 25,000 VND (around 1 USD) per day. But this bike won’t help you discover new things in further places and you will not able to experience the sense of riding on beautiful roads in Vietnam. Therefore, to have a nice tour of the countryside, you will need to rent a mountain bike from Grasshopper Adventures. The price is around 150,000 VND (7.50 USD) per day. You can choose kid bikes and child seats in case you have children going with you. As a consequence, all the members of your family can go together to the places you want to visit. You don’t need to worry about leaving your kids at the hotel. And your family will have a good time together after that.
The tranquil countryside in Hoi An offers the best cycling routes in Central Vietnam
Unlike the crazy traffic in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the traffic in Hoi An is more manageable. It is much easier for you to control your transportation on the streets. However, you still need to remember something to keep yourself safe. For example, Vietnamese people drive on the right side or some local people will come around corners on the wrong side of the street. When you approach the intersection, always remember to ring the bell on your bike to inform everyone that you are coming. And prepare a front and backlight on the bike as well as put on reflective clothing at night so that people can avoid hitting at you. The traffic in Vietnam is a little different from other countries so you need to be careful anytime going on the streets.
You will see bicycles everywhere in Hoi An because it is such a common means of transportation
Now you are ready, you can start your adventure of cycling in Central Vietnam. During the daytime, the sun is fierce which somehow makes you feel tired and sweat a lot. Therefore, the best time to cycle for you is in the early morning or late afternoon. You can begin at Ly Thai To Street. Then, go through the paddle fields and you will reach Cam Ha Village and Hai Ba Trung Street. Following this road, you will be at An Bang Beach in about 5 minutes. You can take some relaxation here before on the way back to Hoi An in 20 minutes.
Another peaceful place in Central Vietnam to cycle around is Hue. It is famous for being the royal city of Vietnam as it demonstrates the power of the Vietnamese feudal empire in the past. Coming here, you will see a complex of tombs, monuments as well as pagodas. And a lot of beautiful routes, of course.
Like in Hoi An countryside, you will need a mountain bike to go for long rides. The price is between 100,000 VND and 200,000 VND per day. You can hire the whole day or half of the day. But oftentimes, people choose the whole day so that they can go much freely to the many more places.
For the cycling itinerary, you can start your biking by visiting Vong Canh hill. Here, you can learn more about Hue culture in worship by visiting the Alter of Heaven, Nam Giao. You can also have a chance to immerse yourself in the best views of Pine Trees and the Perfume River. Come to visit the Voi Re temple and Tiger Arena relic to see the royal and sacred places of elephants and tigers under the Nguyen dynasty. In the past, this is the area where tigers and elephants were dueled to death in festivals. They were served as recreation for the Kings, residents as well as officials. Visiting these places, you may imagine somehow about life under the Nguyen regime.
Finally, you can stop your day by going to Duc Ward to visit bronze-casting villages. Here, you will have an overview of how talented artisans create gorgeous works of art for the ancient Hue.
This is the longest route out of the three cycling routes in this article. However, going on this route, you will have an opportunity to discover so many picturesque views along the roads. You will also have to make sure that your health is good enough because it will take you a large amount of time cycling on the bike to reach your destination. And the roads may be a little bit difficult to ride, so you need to be very careful.
First of all, you will start your biking route in Hue. You will have to drive towards the coast from your hotel in Hue. Then, you will meet the points where people often start cycling. Then, it will take you about 40 kilometers to ride from Thuan An beach to Vinh Loc. Along the peninsula, you will see a picturesque lane along with lots of beautiful coconut palms, which is hardly seen in big cities. At the end of the peninsula, you can choose to continue cycling through one of the busiest roads in Vietnam or take a car to the point you will trek through 3 different hills.
The route from Hue to Hoi An is the longest route out of three cycling routes
The first two climbs are moderate, which is 6 km in total. After climbing, you can stop to relax and sunbathe to get more energy for the next journey. You can also jump into Lang Co beach nearby to get out of the heat from the sun. After that, you can enjoy a tasty seafood lunch with your partners. A full meal will help you have full batteries to do other things.
Next, you will go on your trip to Hai Van Pass, one of the greatest road trips that links the popular central Vietnamese destination of Hue, Hoi An, and Da Nang. Descending the pass, it’s the right time to continue your journey by car to Hoi An ancient town. Here, you will feel a sense of a traditional Asian trading port as this place remains a homogenous complex of many wooden buildings in the past along with the original seacoast setting. In 1999, this place was recognized as one of the World’s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Hoi An still remains a homogenous complex of many wooden buildings in the past along with the original seacoast setting
On the banks of Thu Bon River in Hoi An, you can spend a little time visiting Thanh Ha pottery village where people use clay to make pottery products. Thanh Ha is an old village since the 16th century. Here, to measure the temperature when heating the pottery, artisans do not use thermometers but their experience. Therefore, products here are somehow more unique than those in different places in Vietnam. Once you come to this village, you will be impressed by the way local people preserve and develop the traditional craft through generations.
All in all, Vietnam is a beautiful country with so many great destinations to go to. And central Vietnam is a unique example. Coming here, tourists will have a chance to explore the top 3 most beautiful cycling routes along with breathtaking views in this nation. They can share a great time with their family members when together cycling on beautiful roads. Thus, their trip to Vietnam will be unforgettable.
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