Hanoi is a green city of 60 lakes and West Lake is the largest one. Just 2km from Hanoi Old quarter, it’s indeed another world ! In 4 hours, you will be cycling around the lake with many photo stops, visiting ancient villages, pagodas and food tasting.
What to Expect
Your tour guide and taxi driver pick you up from your hotel lobby to West Lake (2km from Hanoi Old quarter). Visit Tran Quoc pagoda the oldest pagoda of Hanoi since the 5th century. The tour guide will tell you about Hanoi history via the formation of West Lake.
Take over the private bikes and start cycling with your guide. The 2-wheel journey rides you from Tran Quoc pagoda to get around the lake in clockwise. If the excursion is in the morning, you can enjoy the tranquility of the lake when all Hanoians are in their working hours. If the excursion is in the afternoon, you can immerse yourselves among the bustling local life when all people are riding back home after working hours. Stop to visit 1 of the famous pagodas/temples (Vong Thi, or Tao Sach, or Temple of Mother Goddess), visit 1 of the lotus ponds during their blooming months of May – July.
Enjoy Vietnamese Lotus tea, or Jasmine tea in a rattan tent among the lotus pond, or Vietnamese Robusta coffee in a lakeside coffee shop with the nice view surroundings. Enjoy Vietnamese hot-steamed snails and “bun rieu cua” hot-crab soft-noodles in a local restaurant near from Temple of Mother Goddess. The restaurant is next to the lotus ponds. Taste some favorite snacks of “pho cuon” beef-noodle-rolls.
The excursion offers cyclists a lot of photo chances. You can capture the moment of a fresh morning for lotus blooming photos, or afternoon for sunset down on the lake. You also see hotels standing next to serene pagodas, a rare contrast image you don’t see in any Asian capitals. Stop at Tran Quoc pagoda to end your roundtrip around West Lake.
- Local English speaking guide
- Dishes on sites (pho cuon, snails, bun rieu cua)
- 1 cup of coffee or tea/person (Lotus tea or Jasmine tea)
- Taxi transfer 1-way from your hotel to West Lake
- Private bikes in 3 hours around West Lake
What's Not Included
- Extra meals
- Tips for tour guide
- Taxi transfer 1-way back to your hotel
Know Before You Go
• If cancellation is made within 24 hours before 8:00am of the tour departure date: 100% full charge.