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500 Cyclists to Compete in Hanoi Cycling Event

posted May 8, 2018, 6:51 PM by Anh Lotussia   [ updated May 8, 2018, 6:52 PM ]

Nearly 500 bicyclists from 40 teams nationwide will participate in the Hanoi Open Bicycle 2015 race, as heard at a conference to introduce the event on August 18 by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Accordingly, the competition will be held on August 23 around the King Ly Thai To statue area in Hoan Kiem district for competitors aged from 16 to 56.

The organising board revealed the total prize money for the race is 96 million VND (4,460 USD).

The event is part of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19, 1945) and National Day of Vietnam (September 2).

Cycling in Hanoi Downtown

posted May 8, 2018, 6:48 PM by Anh Lotussia   [ updated May 8, 2018, 6:49 PM ]

How to take a bike ride in Hanoi downtown, cycling in Hanoi city center, Hanoi city tour by bike, what's to see 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. 

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 Literature

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 theater and calligraphy. The future aim of the museum is to also showcase the many cultural practices and civilizations 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. 

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Cycling around Hanoi West Lake

posted May 8, 2018, 6:44 PM by Anh Lotussia   [ updated May 8, 2018, 6:44 PM ]

Cycling around Hanoi West Lake, Hanoi best place for 20K ride, best time to take a bike ride around Hanoi West Lake, early morning, late afternoon.

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. 

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Cycling Hanoi to Luang Prabang

posted May 8, 2018, 12:50 AM by Anh Lotussia

Are you about to cycle Hanoi to Luang Prabang? Bike from Hanoi to Luang Prabang Laos through northwest Vietnam, Mai Chau, Son La or Yen Bai, Lai Chau to Dien Bien Phu before you cross the border to Laos.

The best biking trails for cycling from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, Laos is the north-west Vietnam. After a visit to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you can take the overnight train, usually departs at 21:00 pm in Hanoi and arrive around 5:00 am the following day.

Upon your arrival at Laocai train station it is possible for you to start the bike tour from Laocai. You will cycling uphill to Sapa. Sapa is the hilltribe capital of North Vietnam. There are a variety of minority people in this area and they all come to Sapa to the market.

Upon your arrival in Sapa town, you may want to have a short rest in a hotel for quick shower, and then breakfast.  Then cycling about 16 kilometres uphill to the Vietnam highest pass at 2000 meters above sea level where you see beautiful Silver Waterfall and Tram Ton heaven gate then it is downhill for around 26 kilometres on the road described as the most beautiful one in Vietnam with breathtaking scenery all the way to Binh Lu. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Tam Duong.

The next day, you will continue cycling through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark's teeth-like limestone karst. We will have the opportunity to visit different ethnic groups on the ways such as  the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang and Dao ethnic minorities. They are settled there longtime ago and still retain their traditional culture and habits.

You continue your cycling adventure biking downhill to Chan Nua then to Lai Chau. You will have a couple pretty big climbs before following the picturesque Nam Na river riding into Lai Chau.

In 1954, the French Garrison at Dien Bien Phu was pinned down when the Vietnamese were able to do something thought impossible....carry heavy artillery into the mountains. When you ride in this area you will wonder yourself how they ever did it. The siege at Dien Bien Phu ended in a French surrender and marked the end of French Indochina. Little known is the fact that the US had developed a plan to aid the French by using tactical nuclear weapons at Dien Bien Phu.

After a day visiting Dien Bien Phu by bicycling, you will cross the border traveling to Laos. You will arrive in Muang Khua is located on the banks of the Nam OU river. This area is the less populated in Laos.  A night will be spent here before you continue your bicycling trip towards the Laos capital, Luang Prabang. The following day is a tough climbing day at the start and then rolling hills with magnificent scenery.

You will arrive the historic and enchanting city of Luang Prabang. You will cycling along the banks of the Mekong before entering the city proper.

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Hanoi Bike Tour Reviews

posted May 8, 2018, 12:27 AM by Anh Lotussia   [ updated May 8, 2018, 12:28 AM ]

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi offers a wide selection of day bike tours and short cycling excursions. The most popular bike tours are offered by hotel travel desk are the half day and the full day Hanoi cycling tour.

The guests will be picked off at their hotel lobby in Hanoi and transferred to the place where the bike tour will be arranged. After the tour, they will bike back to their hotel where the tour ends.

No support vehicle is required for the half day the one day Hanoi city tour by bike. Travelers should be familiar with riding in the city. The traffic is very busy, especially during rush hour. Sites to be included in the day tour are the Ho Chi Minh complex, the temple of literature, the Tran Quoc pagoda and the ethnic museum.

For those who travel with kids, Hanoi countryside bike tours may be much better. A vehicle will be used for transfers and support. The bike ride will be only arranged in the area where the traffic is safe. The most popular Hanoi countryside cycle tours are one day cycle to But Thap pagoda and Dong Ho village, a day tour to Duong Lam ancient village, a day tour to Tay Phuong and Thay pagoda. They day trip to Tam Coc or “Halong bay inland” is also provided with two or three hour riding through countryside villages.

The bikes that will be used for these tours are classic road bike, push bikes and mountain bikes. If you just look for fun and easy cycle, then one or two hour cycling will be fine. In this cased the one speed push bikes will be recommended. If you look for more active bike tours, then you should ask for a good mountain bikes. The riding will be longer and the local tour guide will take you to more places while riding.

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