Photo: Hoi An's scenery is all for the taking.

Exploring by bike or motorbike

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Hoi An's flat but varied countryside makes it an ideal place to jump on a pushbike or motorbike and explore. Pedal down narrow alleys past 18th-century shophouses, wheel through rice fields and along rivers to roads that skirt the beach.

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Renting a bicycle is an excellent way to get around as it’s cheap and easy to park. Hostels and hotels often include free bicycle or a rental for next to nothing and they are allowed within the historic quarters; motorbikes are not. Those with motorbikes must pay to park at the edge of the town centre.

Flat geography makes Hoi An a great cycling area. Photo taken in or around Exploring by bike or motorbike, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Flat geography makes Hoi An a great cycling area. Photo: Cindy Fan

It’s also a very flat, straightforward journey to An Bang and Cua Dai beaches. However, cycling can be a misery in the hot season or midday sun and you can tick off a lot more sights with a motorbike. Rentals cost as little as US$5 but do check on the condition of the bike before you set out. Hoi An traffic moves at a more relaxed and easy pace than big cities like Da Nang, however, if you’ve never driven a motorbike before, a vacation in Vietnam shouldn’t be your first time.

Motorbike helmets are mandatory by law, no matter how short the distance or how good your hair looks. It’s considered very poor form for men to ride around without a shirt or women in bikini tops (plus, anything is better than nothing when it comes to road rash protection. And when filling up at the station, don’t fall for the old petrol ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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