The West Lake Tour is a perfect tour for those who would like to ride around Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, West Lake. It is around 17km round and the tour will take you past sights of street vendors, expat cafes, lavish hotels and small local run businesses selling fruit, grilled pork and local vegetables, and others. You will also have the chance to stop one of Hanoi’s prestigious pagodas. The Tran Quoc pagoda, one of the most popular pagodas in Hanoi, and the oldest (more than 1,450 years old). The tour will also include some stops at local shops for lunch (included in the tour price), alleyways and villages.
The Tour Guide
Your tour guide is Chao, a friendly local who knows Hanoi in and out. As well as speaking English fluently, she has had plentiful experience cycling around Vietnam on her touring bike in the past 2 years. She has been working at The Hanoi Bicycle Collective for more than 8 months and is committed to providing a fun-filled bike tour around Hanoi for you.
Duration: 3-4 hours
9.00 Meet at the Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THBC): 31 Nhat Chieu, Tay Ho
An amiable bike shop with a panoramic view of the West Lake. You will choose your bikes.
THBC Bike shop located on the west side of the lake
9.30 Start riding around West Lake
The tour will start by winding around the lake.
West Lake on a cloudy blue day overlooking Tay Ho skyline
9.45 Local food – Lotus tea and Green Pea Cake
You will continue your tour riding along the peaceful West Lake. We will stop to have a break, and a taste of local Vietnamese food.
10.20 Tran Quoc Pagoda
We will stop by one of Hanoi’s oldest pagodas on a small island on the lake.
The ancient red Tran Quoc pagoda
11.00 Lunch at a local shop
Relax and enjoy lunch at a local shop (vegetarian options available)
Enjoying lunch after a good ride!
12.00 Truc Bach Lake
We will cycle around another lake in Tay Ho and enjoy the sights along the lakeside.
A scenic view of the lake from the streets within
12.30 Ngoc Ha village and B52 Lake
Discover a small painteresque community of colourful buildings which surround the B52 lake. The lake still has remnants of an old B52 fighter.
1.00 Return to THBC
We will return back to The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THBC).
Note: Times are approximate, and can vary depending on a rider’s speed, rest time and time taken for photography, etc.
To book your tour, please fill out the contact form below.
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Deposit and Cancellation
It is a requirement that a 30% deposit is deposited to THBC to ensure your booking. You will be further informed with the deposit details when you contact us. A cancellation fee applies if you cancel less than 24 hours of the intended tour.