Holdovers from Vietnam's colonial era, cyclos are bicycle taxis that can carry everything from passengers to broken-down motorbikes. Today, however, cyclos mostly ferry tourists around Hanoi's Old Quarter. You'll probably be spotted by a cyclo driver before you spot a cyclo! Standard rides include trips around Old Quarter streets including Hang Bac, Ma May and Hang Ma. Expect to pay in the vicinity of VND100,000 for one person per hour.
You'll find cyclos congregated near popular tourist spots. Common points of departure in Hanoi include Ngoc Son pagoda, Hanoi Opera House and the south end of Hang Dau Street. Aside from using a cyclo strictly for sightseeing, you can take one in lieu of a taxi or xe om (motorbike taxi) if you are sticking close to Hanoi's centre. Make sure to agree on a price beforehand and carry small denomination dong to avoid any payment headaches.