Biking off the Beaten Track in Hoi An, Vietnam

Biking around Hoi An

Hoi An is charming but touristy. It’s especially crowded in the evenings when busloads of tourists arrive from nearby Da Nang for the night markets. But it’s easy to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track if you explore on foot or by bike.

One of the highlights of our travels in Vietnam was cycling around the rural areas and we enjoyed some lovely bike rides from downtown Hoi An to nearby islands in the Thu Bon River. One of them was on an organised tour to a fishing village and to ride in the basket boats which was fun.

But I loved exploring nearby Cam Kim Island by ourselves too. Travelling with a teenager was fun and we ditched the maps and followed our noses. The islands are so small you can’t really get lost and it’s perfectly safe.

You don’t need to wear a sweaty bike helmet, a conical Vietnamese hat is the go. The bikes are heavy and clunky, but it’s easy to hire one and they go as fast as your legs do. There’s not much traffic once you’re away from the main roads and there are plenty of hidden alleys to explore.

Cam Kim Island was only connected to Hoi An by a bridge a few years ago so it’s wonderfully undeveloped and only five minutes from the bustling tourist drag.

Here’s what we enjoyed most:

A water buffalo wallowing under the bridge

Rush hour

Lovely flat roads

Chillis drying in the sun

Idyllic rural scenery

Idyllic temple scene

Friendly locals – this delightful child presented me with a water lotus

Iced coffee stop on the river with friendly locals – Vietnamese iced coffee is the best

Watching the world go by

Our 10km route over the new bridge

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One Comment

  1. Seana Smith December 7, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Hello Annabel, I am so bookmarking this… love cycling, especially on the flat and getting away from touristy places and hustle and bustle is what travelling means to me. Great to read.

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