There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.

And Vietnam is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in Vietnam show you the very best of the landscape, the shimmering rice paddies and distant hills on the outskirts of Hanoi, to the offbeat rural experiences or hidden city gems in Hội An you simply wouldn’t find alone.

Cycling Adventures in Vietnam

Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.

In Vietnam, a cycling holiday isn’t just about rice paddies and manic city streets (even if there are plenty about), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering small villages north of Hanoi, about stumbling upon unique traditions and offbeat locations.

There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Vietnamese countryside, enjoying the sweeping country roads and the beautiful hillsides, before sitting back in a vibrant local bar with an ice-cold beer as the sun goes down, or firing up a fish grill in Hội An after a day discovering the local hidden gems by between the water coconut forests and beautiful old streets.

A cycling holiday in Vietnam with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.

Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.

Where to experience cycling holidays in Vietnam

Head out of the city of Hanoi and head north to truly get off the beaten track, and discover places such as Mai Chau, where you’ll glide through poetically beautiful scenery, glittering ribbons of silver streams running down from jungle-topped mountains to the fertile valleys and charismatic little villages where you’ll find some unique, authentic experiences and examples of Vietnamese life.

Alternatively, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hội An is also a stunning place to head for a Vietnamese cycling holiday. One of the most beautiful city centres in the world, a maze of ancient Japanese architecture, Chinese shophouses and peeling French colonial grandeur, eventually gives way to swaying water coconut forest and miles of vibrant green rice paddies, with offbeat experiences waiting around the next corner.

Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in Vietnam, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.

Who are our Vietnamese cycling holiday guests?

People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in Italy.

Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Vietnamese countryside.

All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across Vietnam, from the wild, secluded mountains of Northern Vietnam, all the way to the pristine beaches and busy waterways of the Mekong Delta. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Vietnam means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.