Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Roads Less Travelled

The biking experience on the path laid between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi is as good as it gets. With emerald forests, rice paddy crops and pearly beaches as the background, you can ride 10-60 miles per day between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, substituting old pictures with fresh ones of a striking country and affectionate, friendly people. You can find reminders of the country’s vast history at every other corner such as those of war, silk merchants in the seventeenth century town of Hoi An port, and French colonialism. Yet there is a sense of freshness in Vietnam.

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Many of the native people that you will come across will be thrilled to have foreigners who are concerned about their motherland. As you will travel through vivacious cities, you would want to cycle on the back roads to get astonishing close-up sights of rural lifestyle that would otherwise be missed by some different method of transportation.

While biking thru this lively Ho Chi Minh City, you can stop over to swim at shiny beaches in the day time, visit ancient places, and devour seafood exclusive to different regions. During night, you can stay in hotels, authentic stilt houses, or island resorts. Some of the famous places to visit in the city are China Town, the Lacquer Ware Factory and the Reunification Palace.

The last station of your trip will be Hanoi or “Paris of the Orient”, as it is sometimes called. It is a city of shaded boulevards and lakes. You can explore pagodas, intriguing museums while paddling through the streets of the historical Old Quarter. The trip is sure to give you an easy exposure to Vietnamese history and culture.

While in Hanoi you can visit the Perfume Pagodas which are located at about 62 kilometres towards the south of Hanoi. Temples and the Perfume Pagodas, that are a compound of the Buddhist shrines, are located on HuongTich Mountain’s limestone cliffs.

You can ride up the mountain to see the shrines, or reach through cable cars. Biking alongside the Red River, you can reach the old town of Duong Lam. Some other places of interest are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s home, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” and the mesmerizing Temple of Literature.

You can get both mountain and road bikes on rent. You should plan a biking trip of at least 2 weeks while in Vietnam. Many paid tours are available that cost around $2300 per head. You can also plan your trip independently if you don’t want to feel bound and restricted and want to really enjoy the trip. Come prepared for all types of weather conditions.

Date posted: 1st October, 2013

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