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Cycling in Hanoi: 3 Places to visit

13 friends took a cycling trip to Vietnam where they rode a total of 320km from Hanoi to Halong Bay. They’ve shared with SportsIn Cycling some of the highlights and safety tips when cycling in Hanoi.

 

“It’s a way for us to bond as buddies while going on an adventure together. It’s a social aspect that’s part and parcel of the cycling community.” – Dr Roland Chong.

 

According to the Fortuna Hanoi team, cycling through the major roads from city buildings to open rice fields has been pleasant and very enjoyable as the roads were well-paved most of the way. 

Check out some of these places worth visiting while you’re there!

 

#1 Halong Bay 

Beautiful Halong Bay

 

Halong Bay is a popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. It is the center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba Island to the southwest. 

Some activities you can do at Halong Bay:

  • Sight-seeing
  • Boat tour
  • Island-hopping
  • Affordable massages 
  • Feast on great local food!!

 

#2 Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) is located in the southwest of Halong Bay, 4 km away from Dau Go Island, which is considered the most beautiful primitive cave of the Bay.

The cave is 10,000 square meters with complicated interior structure and sky-high ceiling. This cave has become popular because of its unique system of stalactites and stalagmites of different forms and shapes.

 

The popular cave has a unique system of stalactites and stalagmites of different forms and shapes.

 

#3 Nhật Tân Bridge

 

The Nhật Tân Bridge (or Vietnam–Japan Friendship Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge crossing the Red River in Hanoi.

Nhat Tan Bridge is 8.3km and 33.2m wide with 1.5 km cable-stayed bridge with five spans crossing the Red River. It’s divided into four lanes for motorized vehicles – two lanes for buses, two lanes for mixed vehicles and pedestrian paths. 

It was designed and built to become a new icon of the capital, its five towers symbolizing the five ancient gates of Hanoi. 

 

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In the summer of 2017, Hanoi partnered with the Dutch company Philips to illuminate the bridge at night. The system is claimed to be able to create 16.7 million colours!

 

Safety tips

Wear colourful jerseys and prepare for rain/cold weather conditions!

 

Zim, one of the avid cyclists who went for the trip gave some advice when it comes to cycling on Vietnam roads. 

“Cycling in Vietnam is very enjoyable but like always, cyclists should be very aware of their surrounding at all times with many motorcyclists around the city centre area.”

“Although most of the locals are extremely friendly and are aware of the cyclist at all time, we should also keep to the respective cycling lines and avoid sudden turns and braking,” said Zim.

It’s advisable to wear bright colour jerseys so you are visible at all times and front and rear lights are crucial. One good addition would be to get one of those electric horns (e.g. Hornit) as they help alert other road users.

 

Check out the highlights of their adventure here:

 

Got any cycling adventures you’d like to share with us? Contact us @ contact@sportsin.sg!

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