Cyclo

This passenger bicycle is leisurely propelled through Hanoi's maelstrom of traffic by a cheerful driver on a raised seat behind you. Negotiate a price beforehand and carry exact change to avoid any uncomfortable dealings when the ride is over. Expect to pay in the range of VND40,000 to VND100,000 per hour, but keep in mind that pedalling a cyclo among Hanoi's blitzkrieg of bikes is challenging work; if your ride costs nearer the upper price scale, don't fuss too much. And if you can't find a cyclo in the heart of the capital city, then you're looking too hard. Don't worry _ they'll find you!

Cyclo drivers congregate near Hoan Kiem in central Hanoi so you should have nary a problem spotting one. In fact, they'll probably track you down before you know it. In theory cyclos are designed to carry one passenger, but two matchstick travellers could probably squeeze aboard. Cyclo rides should cost less than than xe om (motorcycle taxi) trips of equal distance, but be certain to agree on a price before you settle in. A standard central Hanoi sights jaunt is a one-hour excursion around well-known Old Quarter streets including Hang Bac, Ma May and Hang Ma.

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