Cyclo has been a mean of transportation for over 100 years and has become a part of Vietnamese culture, not only because of its unique appearance.
Cyclo is a special vehicle, which is a combination of a bicycle at the back and a large seat for customers in the front. If Thailand tourism is famous for the image of tuk tuk, then cyclo is the vehicle tourists are fond of when they visit Vietnam.
Cyclo was invented in early 19th century then was gradually popular in Saigon and Hanoi, for carrying people and goods, but now Vietnamese operated cyclo professionally in tourism and wedding services. Tourists visiting Vietnam find cyclo strange but exciting and many of them choose to take a city tour on cyclos. On this extraordinary vehicle, tourists will travel slowly enough to catch nice views of Saigon, Hue or Hanoi and take photos or records, to watch the lively normal lives around them, to stop to buy anything that they want on the pavements. Travel Indochina Vietnam
A cyclo is also designed for 1 – 2 customers so it is comparatively private, hence couples or family members can share their best moments or individual tourist can have their own time. Cyclos are under management to travel on tours and guide tourists to the famous places that cannot be missed of the cities. Cyclo drivers themselves are also professional, can speak foreign languages to introduce famous tourism sites, answer any question of tourists. Many of them are good companions for the city tours because of their sense of humor, hospitality and plainness. They are also law abiding riders for their customers’ safety in Vietnam.
Hanoians in particular considered cyclo as an indispensable part of their culture, because cyclo has been a local mean of transportation for over 100 years. The sound of cyclo bell is in arts, in Hanoians’ minds as a peaceful image of a slow lifestyle amid the modernity.
So when you travel to Vietnam, do not forget to travel by a cyclo!
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