Currency: Vietnamese dong
Size: 128,565 square miles (331,698 square kilometers) - roughly the size of New Mexico
Border countries: China, Laos, Cambodia
National tourist office: www.vietnamtourism.com
At a glance
Vietnam is touted as the "hidden gem" of Asia, but it’s been unveiling its intriguing sites and stories to a growing number of visitors over the past decade. From its scenic landscapes to its bustling cities, visitors are enchanted by this beautiful country. Hanoi, the capital, is a fabulous destination, with ancient architectural wonders including temples and pagodas. The capital of Vietnam for more than a thousand years, its centuries-old cultural relics are remarkably well preserved. Along with its vibrant cities, visitors are amazed by Vietnam's wide range of landscapes, including mountains, beaches, forests, and rivers. Vietnam has a significant national parks system that offers visitors biking and hiking opportunities, and rural areas are also filled with architectural relics from ancient dynasties waiting to be explored.
Why cyclists love it
Bicycles have been a significant and fond part of Vietnam's culture in the last century as the primary mode of transportation. While Vietnam's rural landscapes are some of the most stunning in the world, they can be difficult to access with the underdeveloped highway and rail systems. But Vietnam bike tours can get you into the most remote and fascinating corners of the country. It’s also how most locals will be getting around! Traveling by bike is one of the few ways to effectively explore the treasures across this beautiful country. Bike tours allow visitors to get an up-close view of some of the country's best features – colorful markets, rice paddy fields, remote villages, emerald-water beaches, and more.
While Europe and many other destinations north of the Equator endure their winter months, the tropical climate makes Vietnam bike tours a great choice to escape the cold. Bike tour operators typically avoid departures during the rainy summer season, but rainfall patterns vary across the different regions of the country and operators design their routes around typical weather.
Vietnam is a heavily forested and mountainous land, so experienced cyclists looking for a challenge will find breathtaking routes through the lush mountains. Bicycle tours are also available through the valleys and flat coastal areas, though, so Vietnam holds appeal for cyclists of all levels.
Vietnam is a country full of originality, overwhelming nature and mysterious monuments of times gone by. Experience 2 weeks of Oriental flair and discover fascinating Vietnam by bike and boat.
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Experience an insider's view of Vietnam. Discover Hanoi's Old Quarter with a history that spans 2,000 years and visit the Lake of Restored Sword, The Long Bien bridge, Ha Long Bay, the coast of the South China Sea, and more. Tour concludes in Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon.
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Home to numerous ethnic tribal groups, Vietnam's northeastern mountains offers some of the country's most dramatic scenery and spectacular cycling. Our Vietnam bike tour journey takes in mountain trails, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, a village of stilt houses, and colorful markets. Explore Hanoi's ancient quarter and discover the old French hill station of Sapa, perched in the cool hills.
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