Hoi An is one of the most bicycle-friendly towns in Vietnam. Travelling around Hoi An by bicycle gives you an opportunity to explore traditional Vietnamese villages, beautiful rice fields and the daily life of local people. This is a unique experience that you will never forget.
During our trip to Hoi An, we hopped on bicycles that we got from our hotel and cycled along the scenic paths to explore iconic attractions, countryside and beaches.
- Cycling distance: 16 kilometers
- Time: 09:00 – 14:00
- Cycling area: Hoi An Ancient Town - An Bang Beach
This is an exact itinerary of our trip around Hoi An on bicycle.
09:00 Hoi An Ancient Town
We started our journey to discover Hoi An by bicycle by exploring Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An Ancient Town offers a breathtaking mix of ornate Chinese temples, Japanese-designed bridge, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals.
Our first stop was the Japanese Covered Bridge, which dates back to the 18th century. This bridge is one of the most prominent attractions in Hoi An Ancient Town. Spanning 18 meters in length, the bridge is believed to be built by the Japanese.
09:15 Hoi An Central Market
After that, we continued cycling on the riverfront towards the market. Hoi An Central Market is located on the bank of the Thu Bon River. This market is bustling with locals and tourists who come to see Vietnamese life.
09:45 Rice Fields
We rode through the town’s small alleys until we reached the main road that crosses scenic rice fields where you can see the daily life of locals.
10:00 Buffalo Greeting
We were lucky to see the buffalo along the way. Some local waved us and invited to ride the buffalo. We had a chance to talk with the farmer and listen to interesting stories about farming life as well as his buffalo.
10:30 An Bang Beach
We continued cycling leisurely across the bridge to An Bang Beach. Our first impression at An Bang Beach wasn't great because of the tourist scam we had to encounter with.
Watch out for bicycle parking Scam!! Before we arrived at the beach, we were aggressively stopped and told to park bicycles by rude local people. We passed the first guy who literally jumped out on the road trying to stop us but there were loads of these people along the road and we were pretty much forced to pay 10,000 VND to park our bikes. This was a scam. Some of them might charge between 20,000-50,000 for parking. You can just ignore them. However, if you choose to park in one of these places, try to negotiate and pay 5,000 VND only. If not, you can turn right and cycle down the path which brings you to the beach bars and restaurants where you can park your bike for free.
Eventually, we reached the beach. As soon as we got to the beach we were asked to hire a sunbed for 30,000-50,000 VND. We just refused it, turned to the right and walked along the beach to reach the less crowded place where we got free sunbeds with shades just for buying a drink.
An Bang Beach itself is a long golden sandy beach. The water was cool and refreshing. Even if the waves were big during our visit, it was still a decent place to relax. There are also water sports, paragliding, banana boats, jet skis available.
We’ve stayed on the beach for almost 2 hours, swimming, watching people, enjoying the sea and sun, listening to music. It was a nice and relaxing day there to get away from the city for a while.
12:35 Chuc Thanh Pagoda
We got back on the main road and stopped at Chuc Thanh Pagoda along the way. Chuc Thanh Pagoda was founded by Monk Minh Hai of Chine in 1454, making it the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Hoi An. Chuc Thanh Pagoda is a really nice and peaceful place with no tourists at all.
12:55 Lunch at Local Restaurant
We stopped at the local restaurant called Cafe 43. This place looks simple but well rated. The food was good with huge portions and reasonable pricing.
Numerous dishes of Hoi An cuisine can be found here. If you are not sure what’s worth trying, check: Hoi An Food You Must Try.
13:40 Assembly Hall of Fujian Chinese
Fujian Assembly Hall is home of Jinshang Golden Mountain temple, which is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea and caretaker of sailors. For visiting this place, you need to get Hoi An Ancient Town entrance ticket which permits visiting 6 different historic landmarks in Hoi An and traditional entertainment (folk dancing, singing, games).
14:00 Hoi An Café
We ended our trip at the café in Hoi An. There are many little coffee shops offering tasty coffee and other drinks in the town so we ended up at a quiet place with great atmosphere for relaxing.
Where to Rent Bicycle in Hoi An
Many hotels and guest houses, restaurants, cafes in the old town offer bike rental services by hour or by day. Some of them even offer complimentary bicycle use for guests.
There are also many bike rental shops around Hoi An. Prices are normally very reasonable and can be as low as 20,000-30,000 VND per day.
Best Time to Start
Discovering Hoi An by bicycle is a pretty good experience for most of visitors, especially for those who are particularly interested in the peaceful, fresh and quiet ancient town. To fully enjoy all the beauty of Hoi An, you should start your day as early as possible. At this time, the weather is pleasant and not too hot and there are not too many tourists walking around. Don't forget to put sunscreen, bring a hat and light jacket to avoid a late afternoon sun if you're late.
Hoi An Old Town is closed off to all motorized traffic (including motorbikes) on most days, between 8:30 and 11:00 and then again from 15:00 to 21:30, so streets can be comfortably navigated by cyclists and pedestrians.
Hoi An Ancient Town entrance ticket costs 150,000 VND per person and covers 5 monuments and 21 sightseeing places in the ancient town.
Another popular beach in Hoi An that can also be visited by bicycle is Cua Dai Beach, which is about 3 km from An Bang Bach.