Bicycle Tour in Hoi An

SGaOn New Year’s Eve we did a half-day bike tour with Sleepy Gecko Byke Tours in Hoi An.

We had visited the Sleepy Gecko Chill-Out Bar the day before and I was excited that the owner was a family man who even had child seats that we could use on the bike ride!

We started out with breakfast at the hotel. I took this picture because it amuses me that Jojo eats hard boiled eggs. I never liked them.

I suited up the boys (even my hubs) in UV Skinz shirts and tried to make them wear sun hats, which worked some of the time. I wore my lucky red sun hat and a coat to cover my arms.


We rented bicycles to bike to the Sleepy Gecko (biking to the bike tour, we just wanted to be overachievers) and when we arrived Deeds found the bike he wanted to use!

Sadly for Deeds, the plastic tot’s bike wasn’t one of the options for our ride. He wasn’t sad for long. He loves anything with wheels.

It was so refreshing to get out on the bicycles, being able to digest the scenery at my own pace with pleasant narration from our knowledgeable guide Steve.




We went at our own pace and stopped whenever we saw something interesting.

In this picture we stopped to look at an interesting bamboo house near the road, and Steve is showing Nick one of the local fish traps.

The Sleepy Gecko, Hoi An, Vietnam

We saw animals along the way, like ducks, cows, water buffalo, and a big flock of (cranes or egrets, sorry I don’t know the difference. White birds with tall legs).

Sleepy Gecko Bike Tours

Sleepy Gecko Bike Tours

Sleepy Gecko Bike Tours

We rode over a small bridge or dam or something where some men were fishing with a net. We watched them cast the net and then pull it up to retrieve a few very small fish, which they put into a plastic bag.

Jojo saw them picking up the fish and asked if he could hold and touch a fish as well. So he did. Then of course Deeds had to do it too.

Sleepy Gecko Bike Tours

After three hours or so, Deeds started to give out. He dozed off when we were minutes away from arriving back at the Sleepy Gecko Chill-out Bar.


I was hoping we could lay him down in while we enjoyed some lunch, but he perked back up once we stopped moving. We ate and talked and relaxed and played and laughed at the Sleepy Gecko for a few hours.

It was a beautiful day and a happy memory.


Hoi An was a place that I didn’t really want to leave, and I hope we can go back again some day.

3 Responses

  1. Nikki
    Nikki January 6, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    Mmmm… rambutan! One of my favorite tropical fruits. You can see fish traps and have other unique cultural experiences in Cambodia, too! Such as making traditional rice cakes filled with coconut, peanut and sugar cane mixture… mmmm… my favorite. Come on, I’m trying to lure you back to Cambodia…

  2. Kim
    Kim January 6, 2010 at 7:55 am |

    Looks like a great day! I am so glad you could relax and enjoy yourself. There has been a lot going on lately. I can see a difference in your writing that things are starting to get back to normal. :-) Glad to read it.

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen January 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm |

    What a great time! I’d love to do a bike trip like that, since the pace really is perfect for sightseeing.

    The photos you took along the water are great. I especially like the one of you in the red hat (awesome hat by the way) at the bottom corner of the shot.

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