At the speed of life
You can’t actually capture all the beauty Vietnam has to offer behind glass windows or riding on a motorbike with a helmet on your head. A cyclo slowly takes you down the streets, in this case, will surely do the trick.
Cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial. It looks somewhat different depending where you are, in the North or in the South.
Cyclo in Hanoi
Cyclo tour in Ho Chi Minh City
Back in the old days, cyclo was also used as transportation in wedding. The cyclo would be decorated with red flowers and ribbons, and go to pick up the bride from the bride’s house to the groom’s. It’s a cultural tradition so beautiful they decided to do it again in the mass weddings recently in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Cyclos in mass wedding
Cyclo, with its tendency to stuck in traffic and cause worse traffic jam, is not used that frequently nowadays in big cities. However, it’s still recognized as a unique cultural beauty and allowed at many tourist spots. A trip on cyclo around Hoan Kiem Lake, down the lantern lit streets of Hoi An, or through the busy streets of Saigon is a must-do thing if you’re in Vietnam. You’ll hear birds chirping and eating crumbs on the sidewalk, see people playing shuttlecock in the park, and even smell the mouth-watering aroma coming from street vendors. Going slowly at the speed of life, cyclo observes and embrace the smallest, easy-to-miss beauty of Vietnam everyday life.
A cyclo usually can take 2 customers, Vietnamese people we’re talking about. For foreigners, 2 people on a cyclo can be a little squish. Therefore, we suggest you take one cyclo for one person, and make sure to bargain beforehand. Most of the time, the drivers will happily agree with 2/3 or even 1/2 of the price they first offered. Then you can start experience Vietnam in the fullest way you can.