Cyclos - three-wheel pedal bikes - are slowly disappearing from Saigon's streetscape, but they are an interesting way to absorb Ho Chi Minh City's atmosphere. Once the archetypal form of pneumatic-wheeled transport in Vietnam, cyclos are leisurely propelled by a driver through the traffic maze. You sit in a giant cushioned passenger seat strapped to the mid section of the bike. Negotiate a price beforehand and have exact change. Bear in mind that cycling through HCMC is a difficult job and deserves a tip. Expect to pay at least VND40,000 per hour.
Cyclo drivers congregate near the main tourist sites in central Saigon so you'll have no problem spotting one. In fact, they will probably spot you! Although cyclos are designed to carry one passenger, two thin people could probably squeeze aboard. Theoretically, cyclo prices should be lower than a comparable xe om (motorcycle taxi) trip, but make sure to agree on a price before you settle in.