Hoi An is my favourite city to visit in all of Vietnam. Sure, it’s gotten a little touristy, but it’s still small, charming, and much less chaotic than Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. When my husband and I were there recently, one of the things we did was go on a Heaven & Earth countryside bike tour. I highly recommend it. Here are three reasons why.
1. Escaping the Chaos
I know I said Hoi An is less chaotic than other Vietnamese cities, but the streets can still get pretty busy, especially for the likings of cyclists. Venturing outside on the city gives you a truly refreshing break from the noise of crowded, scooter-filled streets. In fact, you’ll usually have the quiet countryside roads all to yourself.
2. Enjoying the Scenery
The countryside around Hoi An is a sea of vibrant green rice patties. It’s full of picturesque views to enjoy during a relaxing bike ride.
3. Connecting with Locals
You’ll see farmers working their fields, who will occasionally pause to look up and smile at you. This was one of my favourite parts of the experience because it made me feel an authentic connection with the local people. Plus, you’ll also get close to some of the other locals: farm animals. In fact, I had quite a unique close encounter: a cow decided to lick my bike all over when I got off to take photos. My husband thought it was pretty funny… In addition, as part of the tour, you’ll also visit some artisanal businesses and learn about Vietnamese handicrafts and customs.
A countryside bike tour is a great way to experience the real Vietnam and go outside of the typical tourist bubble.
As always, happy travels!