Vietnam Bike Tours

Oct 07, 2013 BY Luke Rees

Is there a better way of really seeing and getting to know a country than on two wheels? Sure a car might travel greater distances but it’s so impersonal, Trains might be faster but you’re confined to the track. On a bike you are free to roam and explore, to meet and to learn, to taste and to experience. And in Vietnam bike tours are the only way to get the authentic experience.

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Accompanied by expert guides who really know their stuff, you get to learn first hand what life is like in Vietnam and its neighbouring countries in South East Asia. With tours available in Cambodia and Thailand, as well as multi-country tours, you can really experience life in this magical part of the world.

There are so many highlights on Vietnam bike tours, including the incredible cities of Hanoi and Saigon, the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta and imposing grandeur of the mountains in the north. The cycling in Vietnam is spectacular, with changing landscapes, warm locals and, as you might expect, incredible food to sample along the way.

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Of course, Vietnam bike tours also provide you with a first hand insight into the history of the country, one that played such a pivotal role in the 20th century.

The numbers of tourists visiting Vietnam has grown steadily over recent years. Last year around five million people visited the country and investment in coastal areas has improved tourist facilities there. However, it’s Vietnam’s cities and rural landscape that still enthral. That’s why it is one of the best countries in the world for bicycle touring.

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Trips include magnificent journeys passing two of Vietnam’s internationally recognised World Heritage sites, a chance to explore the Cu Chi tunnels (one of the 20th centuries greatest engineering feats), exploring the stunning countryside and truly unique cities like Da Lat and Phong Nha – amongst many others.

With hundreds of rivers and canals, as well as a flat landscape dotted with stunning pagodas, a Mekong Delta tour also comes highly recommended, Like most Vietnam bike tours, there’s a real mix of road and off-road riding to enjoy.

Bike tours in neighbouring Cambodia are equally spectacular, with an obvious highlight being the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Much like in Vietnam, the Cambodian people were subjected to some horrific treatment in the 20th at the hands of the Khmer Rouge but the country has astonishingly bounced back to be a vibrant and tourist friendly destination that simply has to be explored by bike.

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Once the home of the impressive Hindu and Buddhist Khmer Empire, which ruled much of the Indochinese peninsula between the 11th and 14th centuries, Cambodia and its capital Phnom Penh make a magnificent backdrop to a truly unforgettable bike touring adventure.

Bike tours in Thailand are also extraordinary experiences. The country is at the heart of South East Asia and one of the world’s most devoutly Buddhist countries.

No visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to Bangkok, one of the world’s great cities. Bike tours start from here and head out into the lush Thai countryside. Compare and contrast the rural and urban ways of life, meet friendly locals and find out why Thai cuisine is one of the greatest on the planet. The street food in Thailand simply has to be experienced to be believed.

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Having the luxury of an air-conditioned back-up bus can make all the difference when your legs start to tire. It also helps in terms of being able to carry luggage and supplies, including drinks and first aid. All bikes provided are top of the range bike and adaptable to suit the terrain. Accommodation is arranged on overnight and longer bike tours, at the best local hotels and eateries only.

Bike tours in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand offer cyclists a unique and unforgettable cycling experience. With full support crews in place and lightweight mountain bikes making the cycling easier, all you have to do is concentrate on the incredible sights, sounds and smells of South East Asia.

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