| Foreign tourists ride their bicycles in the ancient town of Hoi An. (Photo by Shutterstock/Huy Thoai)
For the occasion of World Bicycle Day (June 3), Agoda has released a list of six world-famous cities and towns that provide backpackers and foreign tourists with the most beautiful cycling routes. Hoi An, the little town in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, is included in the list, having been a pioneer in the country since 2004 for ensuring pedestrian-friendly streets. Motorbikes and cars are banned from the town center for large parts of the day – from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., making bicycles the most ideal choice for foreigners to explore the town.
Last year, Hoi An ranked second on the list of 10 safest and most exciting places on the earth for solo travelers by travel editors at Momondo, a UK based travel site.
UNESCO describes Hoi An as an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international commercial port, as well as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port.