FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many people are on your tours?
At I Bike Saigon, we think it’s important to keep our groups small (usually no more than 12 people to 1 guide), in order to give travelers the best tour service in the city, with the best value. We are not a tourist processing plant. We care. Ohhh! you can feel the love!! But seriously, this way we are able to answer questions, tell stories, and get to know our clients better than most other companies.
Are your bike tours safe?
Yes! Our tours are safe, as we stay primarily on small streets, alleyways, footpaths, sidewalks, and riversides throughout the city. Our local guides really know Saigon and will help you navigate the city landscape with ease.
Are your tours in English?
Yes! All of our tour guides speak English, as our number one priority is to provide great insider tours for English speaking visitors. Our guides were born and brought up or have lived in Saigon for years, can show you what is a Saigonese along the way!
What happens when it rains?
Because Saigon is a city to experience no matter what the weather conditions are like, we offer our tours rain or shine. We have had many songs and romantic movies of Saigon in the rain.
If we are unfortunate enough to have a shower during the tour, this will be brief as it’s very localized, between 10 to 30 minutes, and we’ll seek shelter until the sun shines again.
Is it too hot to cycle in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City?
It’s a very comfortable way to travel as you always feel a cooling breeze, especially on the tours that follow or close to the river. In addition, since Saigon is relatively flat, there are no strenuous inclines on any of our tours.
What about the other Saigon Tours?
It’s true, Saigon and I Bike Saigon do have many other tours. But why spend all day on a slow, big bus with many strangers in a traffic jam city as Saigon? At I Bike Saigon, you can choose a bike tour or a day tour with small groups. We see more than any other tours in the city, give you the most interesting information, and have the best value you’ll find. And remember, locals always know best!
I Bike Saigon can also tailor make special private active tours to suit your specific tastes or needs, whether corporate or private. We will require at least 3 days prior notice.
What should wear?
Lightweight cotton clothes are the best with sensible shoes. We do not recommend cycling with flip-flops or sandals.
What do I need to take on the tour?
We recommend that you only take what you need. Personal belongings can be safely stored in individual lockers at G.H.T Office during the tour. Any valuable personal items that you need to carry are best kept in a belt bag instead of a rucksack. No handbags are allow on our tours.
Are all I Bike Saigon tours suitable for anybody?
It is a very comfortable ride but you do require some bicycle skills. Saigon is flat but we do navigate through back roads, small alleyways to stay away from the main roads. As we are riding bikes in a Mega city, we can’t always avoid certain parts of the main roads to get from A to B. However, our guides are always there for you to ensure you have a safe and unforgettable time! If you can’t swim, do not go to the pool!
What are the best places to stay, eat, hang out, see music, etc?
We could spend all day telling you where the locals hang out, where to hear some live music, or where to sample the best Vietnamese coffee. We give out all that info on our tours, so feel free to ask us when you come. You can also contact us by email to find out more.
What about the kids?
I Bike Saigon tours are a great way for families to experience the Saigon landscape together, and we know kids will love our cool bikes and fun guides. We are also offering special Family Tours, which are especially designed for families traveling together. If you have children younger than age 12, please do us a favor and let us know by email. In addition, we can also provide a child minding service at the office, however, a 24 hours notice is required.
What is your cancellation policy?
At I Bike Saigon , we have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all tour changes & cancellations (to avoid being charged for the tour). We keep our groups small for our customers, so we ask that travelers let us know when their plans change.
Do you accept credit cards?
For our tours, all major credit cards are accepted, photo ID or passport is required. We need you credit card to deposit for the bike during the tour. In Vietnam, please note that you have to pay some percentages of service charge for your card paying.
Are the bikes included in the cycling tour price?
Yes, our trendy-city bikes are included for everyone. Our tours include: (1)Welcome drinks at the office; (2)Internet service; (3)Bicycle rental; (4)Safety helmet rental; (5)Tour guide or ride leader; (6)Drinking water during the tour; (7)Boat, ferry transfer – if any, admission fees – if indicated in the itinerary; (8)Lunch – if any.
Where is the meeting place for your day bike tours?
Our bike tours meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8.00am, in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, pedestrian bridge (Cau Mong) opposite of Vietcombank and State Bank Building (Vo Van Kiet Street). Our office and bikes are not very far from there, at G.H.T office at Villa 3 – 2 Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., Dist. 1 – Ho Chi Minh City.
Is there a discount if I bring my own bike?
Because we limit the size of our tour groups, each rider pays the same amount. However, if you prefer your own bike, feel free!
Does your tour have the support vehicles?
For the long routes, the support sweeper van or mini bus is provided to carry cyclists, bikes, baggages and many other stuffs for the trip. Our support van often stays at the rear to assist inexperienced cyclists with cycling tips or repairs as needed.