Hoi An is the perfect place to jump on a bicycle and pedal your way around Hoi An. The quaint old quarter in the centre of town is very cycle-friendly. A very short ride out of Hoi An’s Old Town soon has you cycling through rice paddies and traditional villages.
Motorbike Nguyen Tu has done the “legwork” for you, testing out the plethora of different cycling routes in and around Hoi An. In this article, we provide you with our best Hoi An cycling (self-guided) tips and useful information for getting you comfortably out on your bike. We then send you out on the road along the best self-guided routes that we know.
Where to rent a bicycle in Hoi An
There are many different places to bicycle in Hoi An, both in and out of town. If you want a relaxing morning or afternoon ride interspersed with great food and shopping, then look no further than Hoi An’s Old Town. The Old Town is small enough to walk from one end to the other in 20 minutes, but a bike is a great way to get around and gives you more freedom to backtrack or get sidetracked.
While the Old Town is a wonderful place, it is most definitely set up for tourists. If you want to experience the traditional Vietnamese way of life, then you will only need to cycle a short distance into the countryside. There are many guided tours and a couple of self-guided tours that highlight the best of the Hoi An countryside.
The Old Town is closed to motorbikes from 3 pm onward, but it starts to get very busy and weaving through hordes of people can be a little stressful. We recommend cycling in the morning before the crowds have arrived and the heat of the day has set in.
Some of the best places to visit in Hoi An are Cam Kim Island, Tra Que Vegetable Village and the surrounding rice fields, and the beautiful beaches.
How much rent a bicycle Hoi An
When you arrive in Hoi An, you will see bicycles everywhere. Cycling is a popular mode of transport for tourists wanting to explore the Hoi An and for locals to get around. There are two main hire options: fixed gear town bikes and mountain bikes.
The majority of hostels and hotels will have bikes that can be rented either free or for a very small fee—usually less than 25,000 VND (1 USD) a day. They can also be hired from countless places around town.
These bikes are great if you are planning on cycling around Hoi An’s Old Town or to the beach. However, because they don’t have any gears or suspension, they are not so good if you’re going further afield. If you’re planning on cycling into the countryside or anywhere outside of the city of Hoi An, then we definitely recommend getting a mountain bike.
The best quality, range, and best-maintained mountain bikes in Hoi An can be found at Grasshopper Adventures. All their bikes are meticulously cleaned and looked after – you can rely on them to work . They have a good range of sizes and also have kids bikes and child seats. Bike hire for the day is 150,000 VND (7.50 USD) and they also require a passport or 5,000,000 VND (250 USD) for a deposit.
The Help Expat Services have a small range of mountain bikes for hire, starting at 60,000 VND (3 USD) a day or 300,000 VND (15 USD) a week. They are well maintained and the owner is very friendly, also offering motorbike hire and a range of other useful services.
Some shop rental bicycle Hoi An
Many hotels and Homestays offer complimentary bikes for their patrons. But should this not be the case for you, below is a list of places for bicycle and electric bike hire and costs per day. You can sometimes negotiate cheaper prices for weekly or monthly rentals. Booking vehicles through your hotel or Homestay is convenient but it will most likely be more expensive.
We also recommend that you check the bicycle or electric bike over thoroughly before renting. Look particularly at whether brakes are working and the state of tires. In our experience, rental bikes are sometimes plain dangerous to ride. Don’t worry about pointing out issues, they will give you another bike or fix it.
Bicycles Rental Mr Cuoc
Price: 30,000vnd per day
Add: 79 Thai Phien
Tel: +84 (0) 914 080 912
Bicycles for rent msr Yen
Price: 25,000vnd per day
Add: 609 Hai Ba Trung
Tel: +84 (0) 905 397 138
Bicycles for Kids
Mrs Linh has many children’s bikes for rent. You can visit her house to see which one is most suitable. She will also deliver, depending on how far your hotel is.
The traffic in Hoi An is erratic and dangerous. We personally do not recommend that any child under 12 be allowed to ride on their own along the busy streets.
Ms Linh bicycle rental Hanoi
Price: 20,000 – 30,000vnd per day
Add: 163 Ly Thuong Kiet
Tel: +84 (0) 903 164 707
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Best tips about safety
We strongly discourage cycling in Hoi An at night as some motorcyclists do not use their headlights and can be very difficult to see. Many traffic lights are also turned off after 10 pm at night adding to the risk. If you are cycling at night, then wear reflective clothing and try to have a front and a backlight on your bike.
When you’re out and about and you need to leave your bike somewhere that you can’t see it, use a bike lock to make sure that it doesn’t disappear. At night, bring the bike inside the fenced area of your hostel or hotel and lock it.
A cyclist rides through the rice paddies on the outskirts of Hoi An. During the day in Hoi An, the sun is fierce. Even cycling at a leisurely pace can quickly tire you out and leave you sweating buckets. Light clothing and a sunhat is a good idea. Wear sunscreen when you’re cycling, and make sure you have plenty of water with you. A big bottle of water is enough for most of the shorter, half-day rides, but for anything longer, two is a good idea.
In hot weather, if you stop and get off your bike for any decent period of time, then do yourself a favour and park in the shade if you can—or cover your seat. You’ll thank us later when you return to your bike and the seat doesn’t feel like the surface of the sun!
Independent cycling in Hoi An
An Bang Beach, Tra Que Vegetable Garden and Cam Kim Island are popular, easy rides from town – though the roads are becoming increasingly busy so take care.
If you’re feeling more energetic, head across the new Cua Dai bridge to Hoi An south. There are big development plans for this area but for now you can find some lovely local trails. The ride to the Cham Towers is also a good one for energetic cyclists.
Hoi An Cycle itinerary 1
Hoi An’s old town is so compact you can easily explore it on foot. But the streets are also cycle-friendly – especially when closed to motorbikes each day.
Hoi An Cycle itinerary 2
Cam Kim Island is a great spot for exploring by boat. A new bridge from the mainland has replaced the wonderful old ferry that used to operate. The bridge means that Cam Kim is getting busier, but the cycling is still lovely – especially in the early morning or late afternoon.
The Cam Kim bridge connects the island with the western end of An Hoi from Nguyen Phuc Tan St.
Hoi An Cycle itinerary 3
The lush rice fields between Hoi An town and the sea is great area to explore. Take a leisurely cycle the long way to An Bang or Cua Dai beach for beautiful rural scenes and local life.
Before you hit An Bang beach, stop by Tra Que Vegetable Village for a look at a local organic vegetable garden.
To take this ride, head along Cua Dai Rd. Turn left at Le Thanh Ton St and slowly make your way along the narrow paths to Hai Ba Trung St.
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