Apr 30, 2017 / 14:11
One hour in Hanoi Old Quarter with cyclo
The Hanoitimes - One of the best ways to take in Hanoi sights is by cyclo – the uniquely Vietnamese transport that combines a bicycle with an armchair.
One of the best ways to take in Hanoi sights is by cyclo – the uniquely Vietnamese transport that combines a bicycle with an armchair.
A cyclo is a simple bicycle taxi which is pedaled by a cyclo driver behind you. The open and clear design of the cyclo doesn’t provide you any hindrance while taking snap shots or enjoying the wonderful sightseeing. Cyclo is a cleaner and comfortable medium to explore the city of Hanoi. The beauty wrapped in the old streets is best enjoyed sitting on a cyclo and drifting smoothly.
Originally inspired by Japanese rickshaws pulled by strong arms, the trishaw made its debut in Hanoi under the French colonial period. Explore old Quarter Hanoi by cyclo to dive in the soul of Hanoi. This "authentic" way allow visitors discover the city center in intense emotions. It's like you are in the centre of a whirlwind of movement, wrapped in a cacophony of horns and the bustle of people who trying to make their way in the middle of all this excitement.
It is not easy for a particular vehicle to exist, to be honoured and loved for generations. However, a rudimentary and simple cyclo in Vietnam has done it. It is just simple and ordinary as its appearance. No noisy sound from engines, no obscure smoke and no spending too much for commuting.
Not only do the Vietnamese feel close to cyclo, but foreigners are also impressed by this unique vehicle.
You can't walk far in Hoan Kiem, particularly around the old streets and the lake, without seeing a cyclo. The standard offer is a one-hour trip around the Old Quarter streets: expect to visit Hàng Bạc, Mã Mây, Hàng Mã Str., and the other usual suspects. To get a bit more variety ask to include a ride around Hoan Kiem Lake and over to the Opera House and past the Sofitel Metropole — that should be feasible in an hour.
If you're going somewhere reasonably close to the centre, and would combine it with the Old Quarter tour, you can also take a cyclo instead of a taxi or motorbike. For example, the ride out to Quan Thanh temple or Tran Quoc pagoda, near West Lake , is pleasant enough, and if you don't want to stop and go in you could just stick with the cyclo for a ride around Truc Bach lake.
When you are visiting Hanoi, then it would be pretty interesting for you if you could take an hour ride before starting the Hanoi tour. This will ease your bearings and bring you close to the city. The culture, art and beauty are best explored when you are on foot, but in Hanoi getting to the old streets and the lake in foot is no smart option. The cyclo are the easy and comfortable medium available which give you the liberty to capture the beauty of the place in your cameras and also breathe the culture.
You can't walk far in Hoan Kiem, particularly around the old streets and the lake, without seeing a cyclo.
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