Cycling around the quaint streets of the Hoi An ancient town should be a ‘must-do’ for any traveler.
Hoi An is often referred to as one of the most picturesque towns in Vietnam. It boasts a simple layout and gorgeous architecture, which is the result of a melting pot of styles and influences – from Chinese to French to Japanese. Many travelers have found cycling through the town to be the best way to enjoy its beauty in its entirety and discover its hidden treasures.
In fact, unlike Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) where cycling can be a bit hair-raising for those who aren’t used to the chaotic city traffic, Hoi An is far more suitable. The old town is even closed off for large parts of the day and night, making it safer and more enjoyable for cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists can easily wheel themselves around town, staring in wonder at the beautiful yellow-walled houses with their French accents, catching a whiff of the local cuisine and admiring the famous Japanese footbridge.
While cycling around the old town is lovely, arguably even lovelier is Hoi An’s countryside, where parts are also accessible by bicycle. This is the perfect place to breathe clean, fresh air into your nostrils, tinted with the pleasant fragrance of the rice fields.
The ideal time of day to explore Hoi An by bicycle is the early morning or afternoon because the sun is less fierce and the ride will be a bit cooler. Bicycles are available for hire in many places, with some hotels offering them for free. So, we suggest you head to Hoi An, hire some wheels and get exploring. The beautiful township and sumptuous countryside are waiting for you.
For those interested in cycling in Hoi An ancient town, we have the perfect tour available. You’ll get to cycle through Hoi An’s beautiful township and countryside, stopping to visit local farmers and learn some tricks of the trade. Check out our half-day ‘Hoi An Cycling and Farming Trip’ here.