Cycling through vietnam

national highway 1 vietnam cycling

Food and Accommodation If a place appeared to have at least a handful of streets on Google Maps, then it almost always had a few hotels and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Roadside bicycle mechanic in Vietnam.

Cycles in vietnam

There was only one time we found ourselves worried about where we would lay our heads, but luckily we had our guardian angels and kind Vietnamese to save the day. Which route would you recommend to cycle? Although, that isn't always the case. Thanks for being with us on the journey—we hope we have inspired you to try something new and have your own adventure, whatever that may be! Vietnam has a beautiful coastline and beaches. These days things have changed quite a bit and as long as you are in a town of reasonable size then you will have at least one shop that sells decent quality bikes. Outside the cities, omnivores might find that lunch is weird bowl of noodles with god-knows-what inside, while dinner might not be much better. Thanks to Dave for answering 10 questions on bike touring in Vietnam and providing the photos. There you have hundreds of small roads you can turn off to and get off the beaten track. This country loves meat ANY kind of meat: dog, cat, mouse, snake to name a few and does not understand, how it is possible that some people prefer a dish without meat. Accommodation is plentiful, comfortable, and cheap in Vietnam! Hotels and cities are common along Highway One because of all the traffic it sees.

Highway One is the easiest option. First, we thought that was a pretty good idea. This is where you have the highest number of trucks and busses.

Cycling through vietnam

One of the guys shouted something in Vietnamese towards us and made a gesture that we should come over and join them. Tourists busses are too wide to move over and always in a rush. Cyclists may also have to deal with the independent mini-bus drivers, which serve as the town to town transport in most of the country. Once you have a sense for how much things should cost, you can bargain to a reasonable price. All the people around us started drawing square signs in the air now. But they also often act like pack animals in Vietnam. Traffic there is less intense and people are super friendly. We are of course tourists, but it is hard to build genuine a interaction knowing they are giving you their best sales pitch. But, as with most countries, the two worst types of vehicles are trucks and tourist busses! On the bus they will throw it underneath and may charge you a couple dollars. Was this enjoyable for you or sometimes stressful? And finally the very best thing about cycling Vietnam. Vegans and vegetarians will have no problem getting fed in the big cities and tourist destinations. We are excited for some time off the bicycles, but naturally also sad to say goodbye for an entire month. We did not understand what he was up to.

Keep your eyes open when cycling in Vietnam, as traffic rules are more suggestions than hard and fast rules. If you try to pronounce the names of places to people they will have great difficulty understanding.

Take bike on bus vietnam

Trucks are huge, lumbering, overfilled, and not too concerned for your safety. One lady grabbed what we thought was a driver license out of her purse and pointed up to the roof of the bus, where our bicycles were stored. Are you planning a cycling tour of Vietnam? Vietnam has a strong biking culture and bicycles and repair shops are everywhere. Although, that isn't always the case. After that month we will continue our cycling adventure to the South of Thailand. And there is space to drive you bicycle, scooter or car in to the reception area and park it there for the night. This is where you have the highest number of trucks and busses. To cycle alongside thousands of motorbikes in HCMC Saigon is an experience I will never forget, and will probably never do again! I come from the New York City area so am used the the traffic.

Thanks to Dave for answering 10 questions on bike touring in Vietnam and providing the photos. On my first cycling trip to Vietnam in it was a real pain to get spare parts in Vietnam.

self guided cycling vietnam

But if you are happy rolling down the road slowly, like I am then you should be quite happy there. Our Story A scooter loaded with about 30 live chickens, attached with little straps to their feet flies past my bike.

Cycle hire vietnam

I will never get tired of cycling Vietnam. My favourite part of Vietnam for cycling is the Mekong Delta. One thing we have learnt in the last year of travelling is to stay calm and work as a team even in these difficult situations. The Vietnamese food is good and I think very easy to find cheap and every where that appeals to the western taste. First, we thought that was a pretty good idea. Vietnam has a strong biking culture and bicycles and repair shops are everywhere. And put on top of that, that Vietnam has some of the best and healthiest food on the planet. I guess we just miss the routine of a normal non-travelling life sometimes. Breakfast bahn mi are a great source of fuel for the road too, and usually cost 50 cents to a dollar.

Thanks for being with us on the journey—we hope we have inspired you to try something new and have your own adventure, whatever that may be!

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Cycling Vietnam as a tour cyclist. With some tips and advice.