The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi offers a wide selection of day bike tours and short cycling excursions. The most popular bike tours are provided by local biking tour operators (www.vietnamcycling.com) such as a half day bicycle tour in Hanoi, a full day tour to Bat Trang and But Thap pagoda (Hanoi countryside cycle), one-day cycling to Tam Coc (“Halong bay inland”), three-day mountain bike trip to Pu Luong Nature reserve…
The bicycle tours in and around Hanoi can be arranged all year round. Therefore some months can have very nice weather while others do not. If you arrive Hanoi in January, you will experience the coldest month of the year. In some days, there is strong freezing wind.
Therefore, the city seems to have its busiest days of the year and streets are more crowded than usual during working hours when people are in rush to complete all the remaining works and prepare for Tet holiday. The TET, Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival usually fall into late January or early February. Hanoi streets are crowded during this period. The half-day and one-day bicycle tour in Hanoi city center are not recommended by Lotussia Travel since the traffic is quite busy and dangerous.
The cycling tours which are provided outside Hanoi such as Cuc Phuong bicycle tour, Mai Chau biking tours, Tam Coc cycling tours…are provided as usual.
Cycling in and around Hanoi in January, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the tasty hot food of Hanoi such as noodle, hot pot and roasted dishes.
With its average temperature raging from 14-21oC, it should be fine if you come from Europe and familiar with freezing subzero degree and snowy climate at the same time in your native country. However, don’t be fooled by the temperature range because winter here is much more chilling with high humidity at 70%. Lowest temperature in a day measured during night may be below 10oC while one can barely see sunny days. Even with the sun it can be freezing cold!
If you plan a cycling tour in Hanoi in January, do not forget to bring along with you warm clothes. We recommend bicycle tours using support vehicle. If you already booked your flights and you will arrive Hanoi in January, try to finish your bike tour before the TET festival or begin the tour after the event. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more information about the best time to cycle Hanoi.