Are you curious how the life would be in the morning? If you are staying in Hanoi, besides experiencing homestay with local people, another ideal way to discover this mystery is joining a tour with bicycle around the West Lake - the best biking tour in Vietnam’s capital city.
West Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi with around 17km (10.6 miles) in shore length. The lake is known with many names, as West Lake, Tay Ho Lake, or the Lake of Mist. Legends around the creation of this lake were told with some variances. One suggests that the lake was formed when Dragon King Lac Long Quan drowned a wicked fox spirit with nine tails in his lair, another is about a large Chinese buffalo had created the lake when he run fiercely into a small hollow because of mistakenly confusing a pagoda temple bell with his mothers call.
You can approach the shorelines of West Lake from the Old Quarter, heading to Thanh Nien Street, go clockwise around the lake to avoid crossing over too many roads on site. It is possible for you to go in group, so you can together enjoy the excitement on the roadside of a very interesting biking tour. If you stay near the lake, there are a variety of shops lending bicycles along with biking equipments of reasonable prices facilitating you in experiencing the tour.
The quietness will touch your souls by the time you approached the lakeside road, as you take a deep breath to feel the pure and peaceful atmosphere at the earliness of the day. Surrounded by many houses, restaurants, gardens, hotels and villas, the lake is favorable place for a variety of recreational activities. In the early morning, you can catch the picture of people go jogging, fishing and doing exercise. Along one stretch of the road, charming gardens provide you perfect offer for photo stop points. Those places also can become ideal spots for you to gather and take a short rest after a long ride, have chats and make friends with other riders. That when the sun rising brings you romantic moment to stop over and take poetic photos, or your minds can also be captured by the image of flower vendors heading to the Old Quarter for the new day business. If you linger long enough, you may have chance to have a sit and take a rest on one of the lakeside coffee shops and stalls.
West Lake biking tour does not offer you just a road to ride, but you can also find places to stop off for spiritual character due to the fact that the lake is bordered with many significant places in history of Hanoi such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, built in 6th century and located on a small island in the middle of the lake, plus Quan Thanh Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of ancient Hanoi.
Sometimes staying homestay with local residents is not enough to apprehend the whole scene of the native livings, but immerging entirely in it requires you to take more actions, as biking around West Lake is one of the most desirable ways to living Hanoi.