With a population of more than 13 million people, Ho Chi Minh city is full of different modes of transportation with daily heavy traffic. If discovering around the city by motorbike is too risky for you but also too tiring to walk by yourself, cyclo can be the choice for you.
Cyclo was first introduced in Vietnam in the very first years of the 20th century when Vietnam was a French colony at the time. Through time, cyclo was evolute from a manned two-wheeler to a three-wheeled vehicle with two seats assisted by a biker in the back. In modern society, instead of serving solely the elite class in the past, cyclo is mainly used for short trips around the main streets within the old quarters’ area, during engagement ceremonies, or for tourism purposes.
Seating on the cyclo, tourists can experience a slow lifestyle amidst the rushing flow of the city. You can have more time to admire the charming beauty of the famous architecture and monuments in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the War Remnants museum, Independent palace, or Reunification Palace-Head quarter of the South Republic of Vietnam during wartime. In addition, with the slow motion of the cyclo, you can observe deeper the lifestyle of the local people while passing by the famous locations around the French quarters, such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, Opera house, and Ben Thanh market. Furthermore, you can experience the dynamic of District 5 in a slow way by taking the cyclo tour. While seating on the cyclo, you can the fast movement of people to Chinatown, flower markets or different streets or valleys in Ho Chi Minh city. You can feel the dynamic of the city but at your own pace and in a relaxing experience.
Also, a unique experience that can only receive while taking the city tour by cyclo is knowing and understanding the city through the eyes of locals. While wandering around the city, the cyclo riders can give tourists a real interpretation of the attractions, the people, and the city itself. The experience will be extremely personalized because it will be different between rider-to-rider, also, it depends on the interactions between the rider and tourists. And what better way to get to know a city than connecting with the locals?
Not only in Ho Chi Minh, the cyclo tour is also available for other destinations in Vietnam like Hanoi or Hue. If you want to slow down, have a deep connection while exploring the city, and want to try this special travel experience, please let AVT know through “Build your trip” or check out the “Comfort Tour” where the cyclo tour is included.