Hoi An bike tour among world's 20 best: Tripadvisor

 Hoi An bike tour among world's 20 best: Tripadvisor

A foreign tourist cycles in Hoi An ancient town, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Do Anh Vu.

A bike tour around the ancient town of Hoi An ranked ninth among the world's 20 best biking experiences as voted by Tripadvisor readers.

The five-hour tour, which costs from $19.49 per person, allows visitors to experience traditional crafts, from weaving straw to making boats while pedaling around Duy Vinh Island, about five kilometers from downtown Hoi An.

"Along the way, learn the secrets of crafting the colorful woven straw mats that Vietnamese people traditionally slept on and many in the countryside still use, see how traditional boats are made and watch farmers in rice fields," Tripadvisor recommended.

Hoi An has pioneered pedestrian-friendly streets since 2004, with most hotels, restaurants and homestay facilities offering bike rental services. Motorbikes and cars are banned from the town center for large parts of the day.

Many visitors prefer the tranquility of biking through narrow alleys and past yellow houses decorated with old red-tiled roofs.

A bike tour of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the U.S. was ranked as the world's best biking experience, followed by a cycling tour in Hawaii.

Tripadvisor's 2021 Travelers' Choice of the Best Things to Do, which listed the 20 biking activities, took into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on the U.S. travel website over a 12-month period.

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