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Vietnam: Hanoi Early-bird Bike Ride

| Words by Zoe Crane |

An experience of Hanoi few tourists ever get, discovering the city as it first wakes up.

Our bikes lined up and ready for ridingOur bikes lined up and ready for riding

Starting in the early morning, this fantastic tour reveals Hanoi in a way few tourists ever get to experience on their holiday through Vietnam. We biked with our guide to the West Lake where we saw the early risers begin their morning exercise. This is a very active time of the day for the locals in Hanoi and you can see many activities going on such as Tai Chi, badminton and jogging. The next stop is the Hanoi flower market. This is the busiest time of the day at the market, and you will see the local vendors in full swing. All the colours and activities make this a vibrant place to visit and there are some great photo opportunities.

The early morning flower marketsThe early morning flower markets

After the flower market we had a short ride to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where we saw the raising of the Vietnamese flag out the front, a long standing tradition in the nation's capital. After this we cycled over Long Bien Bridge.

Our group at Long Bien BridgeOur group at Long Bien Bridge

An engineering feat, the bridge (formally known as the Paul Droumer Bridge) was built in 1903 by the then French-colonial government. As part of a key supply line to Hanoi from the port city of Hai Phong, the bridge was relentlessly bombed during the American Vietnamese war making it an especially poignant national symbol. The last stop was a ride back to the old quarter for a well-deserved iced coffee before heading back to our hotel for breakfast. This is a truly unique insight into local life in Hanoi and the perfect way to escape the tourist trail – I can highly recommend it!

The Hanoi Earlybird Bike day tour is just one of the private tours in Vietnam that Insider Journeys runs.