4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location:Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Hanoi Countryside Half-Day Bike Tour

Swap bustling Hanoi for the Vietnamese countryside on a gentle 4-hour bike ride, departing the capital in the afternoon. Cross over the Long Bien Bridge and pedal alongside the Red River for a look at village life. You’ll taste fruit from plantations on Red River Island, learn about contemporary art at a local estate, view ceramics in the pottery village of Quang Ba, and stop at West Lake for coffee or tea at sunset. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a small-group experience with your informative guide.


  • 4-hour countryside bike tour from Hanoi
  • Cross the Red River via the century-old Long Bien Bridge
  • Drop in to a local artist’s home to admire Vietnamese fine arts
  • Explore the densely cultivated farmland of Red River Island
  • Visit a pottery-making village and see how ceramics are made
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at West Lake during sunset
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people for personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

In the afternoon, make your way to a central meeting point in Hanoi where you’ll be outfitted with bicycle and helmet, then follow your guide through the Old Quarter and the outskirts of the city. Take a scenic route over back roads at a leisurely pace and cross the cantilevered architectural wonder of Long Bien Bridge — built in 1902 by Gustave Eiffel — which leads into the Vietnamese countryside.

Get a glimpse of rural life and local villagers as you pedal along the banks of the Red River en route to the estate of a renowned artist. Here, stop to admire the installations as you learn about contemporary trends in the country’s fine art. Then continue alongside the banana plantations and vegetable farms of Red River Island, stopping for photo ops and tastings along the way.

On arrival in Quang Ba, your guide points out stacks of pottery awaiting bicycle transport into Hanoi. Cycle past floating houses and flower fields en route to West Lake, the city’s biggest lake, located in the center of Hanoi. Enjoy the colors of sunset while sipping a complimentary cup of coffee or green tea before you return by bike to the starting point.

Customer Reviews

susana j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. And he is so active explain everthing. Fluent and clear English! Highly recommended

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Awesome tour. Even though it was just my husband and I who had booked, the tour still went ahead so it became a private tour.

We were so impressed by the whole tour, from being able to buy in the local market places at market price, to the knowledge of the guide and amazing beef pho for lunch.

Elizabeth V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Although I was the only person on this tour, no short cuts were taken. We visited all the place as per the program for the day. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of useful information. He went the extra mile to make it an unforgettable day and experience.

Eleazar V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Thanh made the tour a wonderful experience. He gave us great history and information of each location without over loading us. His Enhlosh was easy to understand. We enjoyed the tour of Bat Trang and watching how pottery was bothe hand shaped Asa well as poured. There was no high pressure to make a purchase. The temple and Do Ky area wer quite enjoyable as well. A good day!

Susan M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I was the only person on the tour, so I had the guide to myself. Quang's English was excellent and his local knowledge outstanding. There was also plenty of time for browsing the shops and lots of photo opportunities. A wonderful experience and insight into the real Vietnam.

Irene B

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

My husband and I were the only people on this tour, which we took on a Sunday. Our guide Tang was great and gave a lot of historical background at each stop. Watching the ceramics being made was interesting but we were disappointed that there was no silk production to view. The temple dedicated to a famous emperor and the community house were interesting. The places we stopped were not really villages any more. They felt like outer suburbs of Hanoi.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

A great day out, informative English speaking guide with plenty to see and do.

Craige P Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2014

While the trip to the ceramics village was quite interesting, we weren't given the opportunity to explore and shop for ceramics. Some of the other places on the tour were not really interesting. Much of the time was spent travelling to places rather than seeing places of interest.

Glenda F

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, and we saw many things that we would have not seen on our own. The only down side was being taken to a shop in the village of Bat Trang where the prices of ceramics were outrageous and then seeing the exact same things at the airport for 75% less. Not fun to be ripped off on a tour.

Barbara Y

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2014

Overall the tour was good. The guide arrived on time and so did the bus. My only complain is about the restaurant. It is ok to experience a local restaurant but this was too low. The bathroom, you could not even wash your hands in, it was sooo disgusting. Also, we had too much time on our hands. Looked like we were dragging time.
The guide's English was good and he tried his best.

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