Hanoi bicycle tour: Cycling along the Red River to Dong Ngac ancient village (one day)

cycling-duong-lam-village-1The one-day Hanoi bicycle tour takes you to the outskirts of Hanoi city center. You begin the tour with a short walk from your hotel to our bike store, at about half hour walking from the old quarter. You then cycle the Hanoi back roads going through small lanes and busy streets where you can experience the other side of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Opportunity to visit, bonsai, flower gardens, ceramic shops, catholic church and different spiritual sites such as communal house, temple and pagodas…The one day cycling tour is available all year round and highly recommended to those looking for something active and different discovery. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
Itinerary:

7:30am You will be met up with Lotussia Travel guide at your hotel in Hanoi (Please advise your hotel contact details). Depending on the location of your hotel, you can either enjoy a short walk or take a taxi to get to our bike store.

Arriving at our bike store, the guide will give a short briefing about the bikes such as how to change the speed drivetrain (there are 24-speed drivetrain). He also gives useful information about the biking trail, biking tips. You can try to test our bikes riding for some rounds before starting your outdoor adventure.

You start your day adventure by cycling along the Red River. You mostly cycle on the back roads are small alleys that run zigzagging along the dyke. After about half hour riding, you arrive in a small hamlet, located by the riverside where people live of selling ceramics.

You may want to spend some time taking picture before continue your bike ride. You keep cycling through Bonsai and flower gardens until you reach a catholic church where you may make one more stop for a short rest/visit.

Then continue cycling on the back roads, along the Red River dyke to the Dong Ngac communal house where you make one more stop. The communal house, known as an ancient temple in the 17th century, was built to the north of the village near the dyke of the Red River. In 1635, it was restored and expanded to worship three spirits, including Thien Than (Doc Cuoc who was invited to the communal house by Phan Phu Tien from Sam Son, Thanh Hoa), Dia Than (the tutelary god who helped the villagers prevent disasters, fight against drought and performed some miracles) and Nhan Than (Le Khoi, a nephew of King Le Thai To, who was a famous general and was awarded the title “Senior lieutenant-general”. The communal house also pays homage to Pham Tho Ly, who gave land to build the communal house in 1635, and Doctor Pham Quang Dung who restored the communal house in 1718.

After visiting the communal house, you take another road cycling back to Hanoi. After about one hour or two, you arrive in the restaurant where your Vietnamese lunch will be served.

After lunch, you continue pedaling along the shores of Hanoi West Lake to get back to Hanoi city center. Another optional stop can be scheduled when you cycling to Tran Quoc Pagoda. Located on an islet connected to the eastern shore of West Lake (Ho Tay, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest in Vietnam. Its construction dates back to 514 and its restoration in the fifteenth century (according to a stele placed on the pagoda in 1639).

On the way back to your hotel, you have the opportunity to visit some other city highlights such as the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (outside), the flag tower, the north gate of the ancient citadel in Hanoi.

Arriving back at your hotel at mid afternoon, trip ends.

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