Explore the Hoi An countryside in Vietnam by bike and prepare to be surprised by its landscapes of paddy fields, palm groves, and canals. Whether you are with your partner, with friends, or with family, a bike ride in Vietnam is an ideal way to discover the country. Even the youngest can enjoy the experience, with baby seats or bikes for children, and listening guides will adapt the program so that everyone can get the most out of it.
A French-speaking couple who have been living in Hoi An for several years will help you discover “their” Hoi An by bike, far from the beaten track and close to the local population, revealing the reason they fell in love with the country. They will share with you their experiences and anecdotes, sometimes surprising. They will tell you about their daily life in this region and take you to discover the traditions and know-how of Vietnam.
IN THE PROGRAMME
Your French-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel, with your bikes for the day. Let’s go for a day of local discoveries in the surroundings of Hoi An, Vietnam! On your bikes, you will explore the countryside and take many cross-country paths, far from the usual itineraries.
You will head towards the mangrove, a forest of partially submerged coconut trees, a few kilometres from the old town. On the way, you will make many stops: your guides are a wealth of information, they will give you many explanations about rice cultivation, rural life, and the local population.
Then it will be time to explore the mangrove swamp! Far from the hordes of tourists, you will spend an hour on board a coconut boat, a traditional round boat still used today by fishermen. You will discover a superb landscape and learn traditional fishing techniques, as well as crab fishing. You will soon realize that some of these techniques are surprising, to say the least. An experience you will not forget!
After this, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and can continue to chat with your guides.
After lunch, you will pick up your bikes and visit a workshop where lanterns are made by hand.
After discovering the steps of manufacturing, which require meticulous skill, it will be your turn to participate. Under the expert guidance of your guides, you can decorate your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir.
In the middle of the afternoon, it will already be time to pick up your bikes for one last journey to return to your hotel. A bike trip in Vietnam is always a magical experience, and you will remember a day full of interesting encounters that will certainly be one of the highlights of your stay!
It was in the 16th century, under Chinese influence, that lanterns appeared in Hoi An. The inhabitants then adopted them and started making their own, composed of bamboo and silk. Today, they are one of the symbols of the city. Hanging in front of the houses, they bring luck and happiness.