Cycling Hanoi with Kids

Cycling with Kids Hanoi

Have you the idea of cycling Hanoi with kids? That is absolutely possible at http://www.cyclinghanoi.com. Based on your departure date, in summer or winter you can have an itinerary for your family.

At Lotussia Travel we run a couple of bike tours are suitable for family travel or touring with kids. These day tours include about 1 – 2 hours cycling on flat, paved roads that might be appropriate for both parents and the children aged 8 – 12 years. For kids are under 8, we recommend you taking the kids on the back seats of the bikes.

Cycling Hanoi to Bat Trang
Cycling Hanoi to Bat Trang

The first option you should consider is the day trip to Bat Trang ceramic village. You are picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to our bike garage where you start cycling on the back roads. You pedal through vegetable gardens, local hamlets and temples for about two hours with possible breaks en route. You have lunch, visit local ceramic workshop and then take the car to get back to your hotel . The highlight of the tour is the Bat Trang ceramic village where your children have the opportunity to learn how to make a pottery, to try to make some by their own.

Cycling Hanoi to Tam Coc
Cycling Hanoi to Tam Coc

The second option is the day tour to Tam Coc or “Halong bay in-land”. The highlight of the tour is the beautiful landscapes of the karst formations, rice paddies, the rowing-boat trip. The only inconvenience is the long drive from Hanoi to Tam Coc. This takes about two hours and a half per way. You have about one hour and a half for the bike ride. You also pedal on paved, flat roads. We use local push bikes for this option.

Cycling Hanoi to Duong Lam
Cycling Hanoi to Duong Lam

The third option you may also consider is the day tour to the Duong Lam ancient village. The ancient village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. It takes about one hour and a half by car from Hanoi to the village (one way). There you have the opportunity to visit an ancient village and to experience the real life of the local farmers. There are also about two hours cycling on village lanes. We also use local push bikes for this option.

Do you have any other idea? Just let us know. We will see how we can customize a tour for your family.

Cycling around West Lake in Hanoi

Cycling around West Lake in Hanoi – Summer is coming and it is now the best time to get away from the madness of Old Quarter and cycle round the 17km shoreline of what must be one of the largest lakes to be found in a city centre.

As well as escaping the busy streets of Hanoi, the lake also provides an opportunity to watch fishermen at work, to see some very pretty temples – which are scattered liberally around the shore – and to enjoy a coffee or beer while enjoying the breeze that comes across the lake. And the views across the lake on a sunny day are impressive.

West Lake in Hanoi is often described as the most romantic place resplendent in its beauty and vastness. Its beauty has been immortalized in the works of several poets, writers and artists. Often been described as a mirror of Hanoi, this lake is also considered as the ‘lung of the city’. Its vast blue water and the violet and red blossoms create an indescribable beauty.

Start the bike ride right from your hotel, you follow either the Quan Thanh or Dien Bien Phu street to get to the Quan Thanh temple or Tran Quoc pagoda. Join the West Lake and start cycling along the small road running around the lake.

The first place you will stop is Yen Phu temple. You have time to visit and listen the history of the temple. Then biking to the second place which called Kim Lien pagoda. Shot break inside pagoda and listening the explanation from our tour guide about the Buddhism in Vietnam. After that, leave the pagoda and proceed to Tay Ho palace. Our tour guide will introducing the particular kind of religion in Vietnamese spirit life – Mother Saint worshiping. Continue biking and enjoin the scenery around the lake.

Arriving back to your hotel around 3 PM.

Where to cycle in Hanoi

Cycling is one of the best way to discover the Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. The city includes many cultural heritages and tourist attractions such as the Ho Chi Minh complex which consists Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace, Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Hanoi city tour by bicycle

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

In his will, the President stated his wish to be cremated, and to have his ash buried on the hills of the North, the Center, and the South of Vietnam. Yet, in honor of his huge dedication for the country and for the love of all Vietnamese for him, the successor Communist Government decided to keep his body so that he can see the whole country’s reunion, and the following generations can come and visit him. Accordingly, on September 2nd, 1973, his mausoleum started to be built in Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Independence Declaration on September 2nd, 1945, and was completed on August 22nd, 1975, with the Soviet Union’s help.

The Mausoleum, which was made of marble and granite, features a three-stored structure. In the second store places the famous President’s body, lying as if he were sleeping in the simple clothes worn when he was alive. Outside, visitors can see his popular quote “Khong co gi quy hon doc lap tu do” (translated as “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom”) on the top face of the mausoleum. In front of the mausoleum is the 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Uncle Ho’s 79 springs of life.

Temple of Litterature.

Continue your bike tour with a visit to the Temple of literature, located on Van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of the Temple of Literature and Vietnam is first university. The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in honour of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

Quoc Tu Giam, or Vietnam’s first university, was built in 1076. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university.

Ethnology Museum.

You then follow the Nguyen Thai Hoc street, cycling through Kim Ma, Ngoc Khanh before arriving in Nguyen Khanh Toan street where you make another stop for visiting the ethnology museum. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country.

The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups, providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in Vietnam. The exhibition hall features everyday objects representing each group, a research centre, library and auditorium.

The outdoor display area exhibits a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas, with great attention paid to the varying architectural styles set within the authentic and tranquil gardens. In addition, there are also leisure pursuits on display including traditional water puppet theatre and calligraphy. The future aim of the museum is to also showcase the many cultural practices and civilisations across Southeast Asia.

Of course there are other travel highlights in Hanoi which can be included or taken out from your itinerary. Just let your Lotussia Travel consultant know what you are interest in the most, he or she will draft an itinerary for you.

Hanoi bicycle hire

If you look for a bicycle hire service in Hanoi, then you have just found the right place. Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering both bicycle tours and bike hire service.

We have all bicycles for your travel needs including mountain bicycles for mountain biking, road bicycles, classic push-bikes for easy bicycle touring, countryside cycle, family cycling travel and also small bicycles for kids as well.

The cost of our bicycle hire ranges from USD 5.00 up to USD 15.00 depending the bicycle type, travel days and the number of bicycle you will need. Please contact us for details.

We don’t recommend you hiring the most expensive bicycles – the best bicycle in our store. But we recommend you choosing the most suitable bicycles based on your needs and budget.

If you look for short, fun bicycle trip, we provide day bicycle tours in and around Hanoi. These short bicycle trips are customized in the way you will experience the other life of the Hanoian people. Most of the one-day cycling tours are arranged around Hanoi city center. You will be transferred by our support vehicle to the site where you will enjoy biking. Booking these trips, classic road bicycles or one-speed push-bikes are recommended. Using classic road bicycles will save money. The cost of hiring these bicycles is lower than the mountain bicycles. Besides, there is no need to bring the bicycles from Hanoi. This also helps you to save money as well. The most typical bicycle tours we us these bikes are: the one day bicycle tour to Tam Coc, Duong Lam one day tour, overnight trip to Ninh Binh, two-day tour to Mai Chau…

Mountain bicycle are advised for long bicycle ride. You should rent mountain bicycle when you book long cycling tour or when you cycle in mountainous areas. If you have your own bicycles, then the bicycle hire fees will be deducted from the tour cost. Please contact our team for the bicycle availability and the most updated bicycle hire cost.

Hanoi bicycle shops

Bicycles are no longer the most important mean of transport of Hanoian people. Now it is the time of scooters and motorcycles. People go to work by motorbike. They go on holidays by motorbike as well. Therefore, it is still easy for you to find a bicycle shop in Hanoi.

Most of the Vietnam bicycle shops are located in Ba Trieu street where a wide selection of bicycles are offered ranging from good imported bikes for professional cyclists and made-in-Vietnam bicycles. Small bikes for kids are available as well.

Some other bicycle shops can be found on Thai Ha street as well.

Most of the bicycles being sold by local shops in Hanoi are made in Vietnam such as Thong Nhat bicycle, Xuan Hoa bicycles… The quality is medium. The price is reasonable. The bicycle models are diverse offering customers a real big choice.

There are also imported bikes such as Giant, trek bikes, BMV bikes…which are good for mountain biking. These imported bikes are usually used by tour operators, travel agents who arrange bicycle tours for their foreign customers.

“Lots of Vietnamese people are now interested in buying good imported sport bikes for their children. The price is quite high. But these bicycles are very strong and offer a high standard in terms of security. Buying a bike for their children is much better than buying them a toy. Because the bike is not only a good toy, but this is also a good sport gear for their children to do some training” – According to Trung, a bicycle shop owner in Ba Trieu street.

Online bicycle shops are also available in Vietnam. Need further information? Contact us.

Hanoi bicycle repair

Every street corner has a bicycle repair man who’ll fix your punctures, pump your tyres and do repairs. But for mountain biking, that is more complicated.

The mountain bikes which are used on the tour are imported sport bikes. All the bike gears are imported and can be replaced with those are made in Vietnam. A mechanic is required when a bike has a problem.

If you book a bicycle tour, you should ask your tour operator if they provide a mechanic who will repair the bikes if there is any problem. If you rent lots of bikes for a group tour or an event, that is possible that your bicycle shop will offer a mechanic free of charge. This man will follow your itinerary on your support vehicle.

In case you only one or two bikes, this service is not offered free of charge. If you do not where you can find a bicycle repair, please contact Lotussia Travel.

Hanoi bicycle rental

Hanoi bicycle rental – If you look for a bicycle rental service in Hanoi, then you have just found the right place. Lotussia Travel offers a wide array of bicycles for you to rent.

We have different bicycles for your all your travel needs including mountain bikes for mountain biking travel, road bicycles for easy bicycle touring, and small bicycles for kids as well.

We don’t recommend you hiring the most expensive bicycles we have in our bicycle store. But we recommend you choosing the most suitable bicycle based on your tour itinerary and your budget.

If you book a short, fun bicycle trip, we provide day bicycle tours in and around Hanoi. These short bicycle trips are customized in the way you will experience the other life of the Hanoian people. Most of the one-day cycling tours are arranged around Hanoi city center. You will be transferred by our support vehicle to the site where you will enjoy biking. Booking these trips, classic road bicycles are highly recommended. Using classic road bicycles will save money since the cost of hiring these bicycles is lower than the mountain bicycles. Besides, there is no need to bring the bicycles from Hanoi. This also helps you to save money as well.

Mountain bicycles are advised for long bicycle ride. You should rent mountain bicycle when you book long cycling tour. If you have your own bicycles, then the bicycle rental fees will be deducted from the tour cost. Please contact our team for the bicycle availability and the most updated bicycle rental cost.