The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience was started (since 2018) by the founders of Friends Travel Vietnam under a new company named “Biking Around Vietnam”, where we run our new concept for a unique 3,5 hours bicycle around Hanoi.
Sidney, a Dutchman, and his Vietnamese wife, Thao, decided to focus their expertise and passion on creating a tour that is both unique and environmentally sustainable.Sidney was inspired by fellow Dutchman, Co van Kessel’s bicycle tour in Bangkok when visiting Asia for the first time in 1998. There he realised that a simple thing can become an extraordinary thing if done correctly and with passion.
However, Sidney & Thao’s dream of starting a bicycle tour in Hanoi had to be put on the backburner, while they established Friends Travel Vietnam as a leading travel agency in Vietnam. Fast-Forward to the beginning of 2018, when Sidney started work on turning a simple vision into an extraordinary experience.
Sidney and Thao did extensive research into the best possible cycling route with their team. Overall they invited over 500 participants free of charge, as they fine tuned their route. That’s a staggering 1750 combined hours (or 73 days!) of cycling to make sure that our clients have the best possible experience. It was all worth it, as the tour became so popular that Biking Around Vietnam was born.
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The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience Tours takes our guests on the path less cycled! Come with us as we explore Hanoi in all of her chaotic beauty! The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience shows you a side to Hanoi that even the local resident seldom gets to experience!
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It seems impossible to bike around Hanoi and cross the chaotic roads, but the excellent guides of Friends Travel made it possible. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon exploring, because on a bicycle, different than on foot or by car, we could get a view of many different parts of Hanoi and understand the diversity of this thrilling and exciting city. We made interesting stops and also enjoyed some delicious (partly new) foods and drinks along the way. But the best part was cycling along in the ceaseless flow of motorbikes and scooters and cherishing the adventure.
We wanted a local experience and we got it! What an amazing cycling tour we had! You have to dare to bike (just go with the flow) but wow, how we loved discovering the small street with the railways, the Eiffelbridge, the homeless island, the countryside. Nothing but highlights. Non touristic highlights to be more exact. Can recommend it to any adventurous biker. We also did the streetfoodtour, joy for the eyes and the mouth!
Reviewed March 9, 2019
to explore Hanoi. We didn’t have much time in the city, but because of this biking tour we got the chance to discover the highlights of the city within just one day!
We did a bicycle tour in Hanoi. Very interesting. You see a lot more than you do walking in the city.
Good guide, special places, interesting stories. Bikes were fine
Reviewed March 7, 2019
Communication ahead was fast and clear. For us as a family they arranged 2 bikes with soft seats for the children. Our oldest son (almost 10) was perfectly capable of doing the trip on a bike. We normally don’t book a tour because we prefer to explore ourselves, but this tour really is worth it!
We had an awesome bikingtour and streetfoodtour in Hanoi which i could recommand to everyone! Also they arranged transport to ninh bin Area for an affordable price. We did an expensive cruise with them to halong bay. They found a cruise that suited our needs but in the end we did not like halong bay that much and found out we are not cruising people. O & they also arranged visa for us. We were really happy with them!
Reviewed March 4, 2019
You have a chance to explore another piece of Hanoi with a passionate tour guide who will tell you stories behind each destination you’ll visit. We stopped for some snacks on the way and they’re delicious!
Good job and keep it up!
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