Bac Ninh lets you experience the beautiful Vietnamese countryside in the northern Vietnam. Pedaling on the back roads, through rural village lanes while greeting local farmers and school kids as you pass by, all add to an immersive experience!
How to get there
The most convenient way to get to Bac Ninh city from Hanoi is to hire a private car with driver. You can ask the driver to pick you up at any place in Hanoi. The private transfer takes approximately one hour depending on local traffic.
Hanoi Bac Ninh train is also available. But it is not convenient as the day train starts from Yen Vien Train Station that is located outside Hanoi city center. It takes about a half hour drive to get to the Yen Vien station from downtown Hanoi.
There are cheap buses with several daily departures from Hanoi to Bac Ninh city. The journey takes approximately one hour. Bus tickets are provided at Long Bien bus station, Luong Yen, Giap Bat, Gia Lam and My Dinh.
When to go cycling in Bac Ninh
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 33.6°C and 21.4°C with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. This is the best time to take a bike tour in Bac Ninh. Taking Bac Ninh cycling day trips and multi-day bike tours are both possible.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have uncomfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm, at about 35 – 38°C. These months see the most precipitation with 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. At Vietnam Cycling we recommend only short bike ride in Bac Ninh such as a half day biking tour and a day cycle tour with support vehicle.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 32.3°C and 24.3°C, which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains 1 to 7 days per month. This is another great time for cycling in Bac Ninh.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Bac Ninh to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 23.6°C and 18.4°C. On average, it rains 1 to 2 times per month. Taking a bike ride in the region will be a good choice. Many famous festivals occur after the Lunar New Year which fall into January or February. Cycling in Bac Ninh in this period of time will bring you an opportunity to enjoy the amazingly cultural activities here and have deep understanding about Vietnamese culture.
Where to go cycling in Bac Ninh
Do temple is a place of worship to 8 kings of Ly dynasty. It was built by Ly Cong Uan (the first king of Ly dynasty) about 1000 years ago. Do temple festival is held on 15th of the lunar March commemorating Ly Cong Uan king (who assumed his kingship on 15th of the lunar March in 1010).
Dinh Bang Communal House
Dinh Bang communal hall is one of the largest and finest village communal houses in Vietnam. It is located in Dinh Bang village, Tu Son district, in Bac Ninh Province of the Red River Delta, 17 km from the nation’s capital, Hanoi. The construction started in 1700 and was completed 36 years later.
Dong Ho Village
Dong Ho painting village produces famous Dong Ho painting, a unique art product of Vietnamese. The village is located on the left bank of the Duong River, about 35 km from Hanoi.
Phat Tich Pagoda
Phat Tich Pagoda is a cultural and historical relic which contains cultural and sculptural values of the Ly Dynasty. Phat Tich Pagoda was as an importance national pagoda, where the Kings of Ly Dynasty often come to hold the Buddhist ceremonies and pray peaceful and prosperous for the country and safety for people. This was not only a Buddhist cultural center but also the place where Buddhist monks were trained.
Phu Lang Village
Phu Lang pottery village is in Que Vo district, about 60km to the north-east of Hanoi. It was known as the pottery centre of former Kinh Bac land. Taking a bike tour to Phu Lang, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the peaceful countryside landscapes on the bank of Cau River and also learn about the history of Phu Lang pottery as well as study how to produce pottery products.
Bac Ninh cycling routes
Bac Ninh self-guided bike tours
If you prefer taking a self-guided bike tour than joining one of our all-inclusive cycling tour, the Bac Ninh region has many things for you to wander around. You will need at least one day for cycling about 60 – 80K on flat roads of Bac Ninh rural districts. Having two days to spend will be better as it offers the chance to explore in depth the region with its local temples, pagodas, handicraft villages, as well as to meet up with local farmers.
Although there are many bike shops in Bac Ninh such as Hai Phong bike shop, Nhat Minh bicycle shop…where they sell both new and used bicycle, it seems there is no bike rental service in Bac Ninh. We recommend you renting a bicycle in Hanoi since there are various options. Whether you need a cheap push bike or a high-quality hybrid bicycle you will find your perfect bike in Hanoi.
Best guided cycling tours in Bac Ninh
Here we’ve compiled all of the popular cycling spots in and around Bac Ninh, covered by our great selection of exciting Bac Ninh guided cycling tours – The bike tours are provided with English-speaking biking guide, vehicle for transfer and support, bike hire, and meals.
Terrain and highlights vary: from biking at a leisurely pace through countryside villages in suburban Bac Ninh, to riding over undulating topography of hillside neighborhoods, all of which reward you with breathtaking vistas usually inaccessible by car.
Additional Questions about Bac Ninh?
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