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Cycling to Coloa ancient citadel

Co Loa is a first ancient citadel of Viet nam, which is located 17 km in the North of Hanoi, with beautiful rice paddy fields, Old villages, series of pagodas & temples. Especially with its unique vestige “ Three rings of citadel”. It is one of the closest place, where you can see the real countryside of Northern Vietnam .


Itinerary :

08:00AM. Depart from hotel. Leave behind the hustle & bustle of the city to the outskirt where a small village locates, on the left bank of the Red river- Bac Bien Village

08:20. Arrive in local guide (Dan)’s house. Welcomed coffee, tea and snacks. Tour guide gives a briefing session and self-introduction and about his village, tour, bikes.

08:50. Start pedaling through small alleys of Bac Bien village to the Duong river’s bank. Then take a local boat ferry to cross the river to its left bank .

Ride a bike along the dike, from villages to villages, where we can see many traditional typical houses; pagodas, temples, local market and be caught in the beautiful rice paddy fields, gardens of vegetables and corns.

We have a rest at a “local bar” in village to have a drink & get interesting historical story about An Duong Vuong’s dynasty.(over 2000 thousand years ago)

Visit Coloa Museum, An Duong Vuong King temple. Then, Cycling around the vestige of citadel with the beautiful gardens, rice paddy fields, villages ..

Have lunch with Vietnamese food at a local restaurant

Pedal through some other villages to a dike of the Red river, cross 2 villages outside of the dyke. We come in a local house in traditional style, have a conversation with the villagers to understand more about their lives, works. Cycling on the dyke along the Red river, we will see the meeting point of 2 rivers. We stop under an old tree by the river for drinks, snacks, and photos. Heading back to the ferry. Crossing the Duong river by ferry again.

Stop by a local temple, which is located by the Red river. By good luck, we have a chance to see a unique ceremony of Vietnamese people –“ Len Dong” or “ Going into a trance”. This ceremony is very interesting, and unique to foreigners.

Have a drink with a family in the village to know more about their life, and the changes of the village & surrounding area.

At around 04.00 PM: take a taxi or car back to hotel.

Tour code: Ahn 03

Tour starts: 08.00 A.M at hotel – Meet up with a local guide

Tour ends: 16. 30 P.M at hotel

Cycling distance: 35 km ( depends on clients ) .Biking level : Easy


  1. English speaking guide
  2. Mountain Bike with helmet
  3. Taxi or car- 2 ways (Hotel – Village – Hotel)
  4. Boat ferry (returns)
  5. Water, coffee, tea, snacks
  6. Entrance fees. Donation for local temples and local families.
  7. Lunch at local restaurant
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