An increasingly popular area to explore by bicycle is Southeast Asia. Virtual Tourist members have recommended Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand as all great destinations to discover by bike. In Vietnam, Visitors can take Route 1 from the capital city of Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), traveling along the coast and exploring smaller, scenic villages along the way. Another suggested ideal spot is Bangkok and its UNESCO neighbor, Ayutthaya. Members suggest taking a train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital, and then renting a bike upon arrival so riders can explore at their own pace. In addition to the ancient temples and ruins, the Summer Palace is also located here, as well as some notable local markets.
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