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An Authentic Exploration Of Hanoi's Hidden Gems - All From The Saddle Of Your Bike!

Friends Travel Vietnam, in association with Biking Around Vietnam, is proud to present “The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience“. This is Hanoi’s premier, non-touristy cycling experience, showcasing Hanoi in a local way that will not soon be forgotten.

The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience is the brainchild of Sidney and Thao van Meenen, a Dutch-Vietnamese couple with a love for Hanoi and Vietnam! They have more than 20 years of experience in Vietnam’s travel industry and know exactly how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Jump on our special custom built, European style, bikes and follow our expert guide down the winding alley’s, iconic bridges and amazing smells that Hanoi has become famous for!

The best advice for the Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience is expect the unexpected, as we’ve spent a total of 1700 hours of cycling perfecting this tour, inviting over 500 guests for free to ensure this tour is as unforgettable and authentic as possible.

Book now and cycle your way to an unforgettable experience!

Itinerary Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience


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Our Custom Made Bicycles

Our Bicycles have been custom made with our guests’ comfort, safety, and overall enjoyment in mind. One of the single biggest challenges of creating a bicycle tour in Vietnam is the “bicycle” part. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a whole lot of bicycles in Vietnam, but none of them were made with the foreign tourist market in mind. You see, there aren’t that many 2.1 m Vietnamese roaming the streets of the Old Quarter…

That’s why we had or we needed built our bikes especially for our tours as picky we are in setting up our services. And we didn’t just build them larger and more sturdy, no, we had them built better! We made sure that every aspect of our bikes will benefit our guests: from the comfortable seats and the safety-first braking system, all the way to the seamless gear shift systems.

We have gone above and beyond the norms when it come to creating our bicycles! That also goes for all the equipment surrounding our bikes, like the helmets and children seats.

There may be other bicycle tours operating in Hanoi, but we guarantee that our bikes will make them eat dust. Frankly, the only negative thing about our bicycles is that we aren’t exporting them to Europe… yet!


On this tour, we welcome everyone who can ride a bicycle, who just want to have a great fun day! Our senses coming alive with the sights, where we explore the back-streets, real local life with locals, the different between rich & poor, winding narrow alleyways, markets, temples, local drinks & snacks we have to offer, where we share our experience and our friendship…

  • Best bikes in Vietnam
  • City & country side ride
  • Markets & Temples
  • Non-Touristic 
  • Local Life
  • Local Food & Drinks
  • Long Bien Bridge
  • Hanoi’s famous Railway track
  • History & culture
  • Local customs 

This Experience runs twice daily; starting at 08:30 AM and then again at 13:30 PM. Please select the option that fits you best. It’s a lovely slow pace driving to really enjoy the city & outskirt city with amazing people of Hanoi. Our tour runs all year around and we depart daily from our meeting point in Hanoi.

Itinerary Details

Arrival At Friends Travel Vietnam Head Office
Make yourself comfortable while you wait for other guests to arrive – have a delicious complimentary Ice Coffee or tea, or just relax in our lounge. We advise our guests to arrive at least 15 minutes before the experience starts. This gives ample time for our guests to settle in and be briefed about the upcoming Experience. It also allows the tour to start without a feeling of being rushed.
Address meeting point: 62 Hang Buom street  – Hanoi, Vietnam

Introduction From Your Guide Meet your guide as well as your fellow guests as you learn more about the tour and our company. Here you’ll get to meet your expert tour guide, hear more about the tour and ask any questions you may have.
Inspect your Bikes At The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience we only use the highest quality European Style commuter bikes. Inspect your Bicycle. Make sure everything is exactly according to your preference, paying special attention to the brakes, seat height, and your overall level of comfort!
Bike Away! Get on your bike, listen to your tour guide, and cycle your way through Hanoi! We would really love to tell you more, but we’re not going to! You’ll just have to get on your bike and join us on The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience!
Arrive back at Friends Travel Vietnam’s Office Relax as you arrive back at our offices and make use of our numerous extra services. Woo! That was something, wasn’t it? Now it’s time to relax with an ice cold cool drink or beer. You can also wash the dust from your feet in our clean showers or maybe arrange another unforgettable experience!
Finally: Thank you for choosing us! No, really, thank you! We believe and hope that we lived up to your expectations in every way! We really appreciate you choosing Friends Travel Vietnam for this experience. We look forward to welcoming you, or your family and friends, the next time you visit this wonderful country! Finally, we wish you a happy journey through Vietnam, and many more amazing memories!

08:30 AM Departure

13:30 PM Departure

We are Dutch! So we run our tours clockwise 😉  Please be 15 min at the meeting point before departure for the briefing & instructions, thanks!
This Experience last 3,5 Hours and we cycle a total of 15 Km. Wear sporty and light clothes you are comfortable with.

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  1. This Experience runs twice daily; starting at 08:30 AM and then again at 13:30 PM.
  2. Please select the option that fits you best.
  3. This Experience last 3,5 Hours and we cycle a total of 15 Km.
  4. Wear sporty and light clothes you are comfortable with.

Pricing "The Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience"

Group Tour

$39 $ 29 per person
  • from 1+ People
  • Children -25% off (6-12years)
  • Young Children Free of charge* (1-5years)
  • Daily Departure 08:30AM & 13:30PM
  • Group Size max 12 people

Private Tour

$59 $ 49 per person
  • from 1+ People
  • Children -25% off (6-12years)
  • Young Children Free of charge* (1-5years)
  • Daily Departure 09:00AM & 14:00PM
  • Private tour + guide

Trip Notes & More...

Infant Seats – These are available to fit on your bike. The available weight range for the seats is from 1 year old to – 22kg. Dress Code – We are visiting holy sites, as such your shoulders or knees should not be exposed. A sarong and a shoal solves this problem easily and leaves everybody happy. Our Bicycles – We only use the best quality European Style commuter bikes. These bicycles come equipped with normal handlebar brakes as we don’t use the antiquated back-pedal-braking system. We inspect and maintain our bikes on a daily basis, ensuring the highest quality bicycles available. Children on bikes – We have child sized bicycles available. Our general rule about allowing children on the tour is that the child and the parents knows best. Thus, if the child is comfortable on the bike, and the parents are comfortable with the child on the bike, we are comfortable too. This Experience runs twice daily; starting at 08:30 AM and then again at 13:30 PM. Please select the option that fits you best. This Experience last 3,5 Hours and we cycle a total of 15 Km. Wear sporty and light clothes you are comfortable with.

Camera, preferable a small daybagpack to carry your personal belongings. Wear only flip-flops if you are confident to drive a bike, otherwise closed shoes.

Sun Cream – Bring along some sun cream – it gets hot out there – but make sure it’s a type that’s friendly on the environment and your body! Hat or cap when sunny conditions advisable to wear.

Insect Repellant – Insect repellant is always advisable in South East Asia’s tropical climate even though the little critters are only an irritation for a short time during the tour.

Food & Drinks – Bottled water and lights snacks are provided on this experience.

  • Entry or admission fee
  • Food & drinks
  • Licensed Tourguide (English spoken)
  • Supporting guides (group up 4+)
  • Standard City bikes
  • Standard Children bikes available
  • Pillion seats for children available
  • Infant seats till 22kg available
  • Child & Adults helmets
  • Lightweight rain ponchos incase of rain.

Tip or Gratuity – Please feel free to reward exceptional service with a small tip or gratuity if you feel it’s deserved.

Alcoholic Beverages Are Not Included & also not allowed- We understand, Hanoi can get hot and sometimes water just doesn’t quench a thirst. Please bring along some money for you to purchase these beverages.

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tip or gratuity

Free Services

Enjoy our Friends Travel Vietnam free services as an Experienced:

Free lounge area & use our baggage storage. It’s possible to store your luggage safely with us at our storage-room during your trip or stay in Hanoi. Our guests can refresh themselves before, this for early arrivals or after the tour at our shower area when joining our trips and more…

  • Complimentary breakfast and drinks service.
  • Free luggage storage facilities & free luggage transport to any Hotel or Hostel in the Old Quarter
  • Access to our showers to wash the dust of your feet.
  • The use of our lounge area.
  • Access to our bunk beds, because we understand that Hanoi can become a little “over stimulating”.
  • Wifi, computer access and printing services.
  • Free laundry service + complimentary Friends Travel Vietnam laundry bag
  • Ticket booking services.


A real adventure
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.
Biking Tour Hanoi
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
A great experience
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!
Very interesting
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
We really enjoyed our trip!
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!
Several great tours!
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
Great tour!
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!

Questions & Answers

Got Questions? Great, cause we’ve got the answers! We’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about “Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience” and the cover we offer. If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to, please use the contact us page.

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Meeting Point


62 Hang Buom street  
Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Distr. Vietnam

Our hours

06:00 AM -18.00 PM
Monday – Sunday

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