Cyclo in Vietnam, What is cyclo? ( Xich Lo) Coupeaud – A French gentleman from Charente invented in 1939 and brought to Vietnam. At first, it was designed with 3 wheels and pulled by people and later it was developed to paddle by human. To promote this form of transportation Coupeaud organized the journey from Phnompenh, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam (200km) which was paddled by 2 riders (take turned) in continuously 17 hours 23 minutes.
In 1939 They made only 40 cyclos in Saigon, Vietnam and the next year, the number of Cyclos in Vietnam reach to 200. Cyclo soon become popular and become a local style of transport cross Vietnam. Since tourism started in Vietnam in early of 90s, Cyclo was used to transfer tourists to visit old streets of Hanoi or Hoian and HCM City in pretty slow speed. Tourist feel comfortable to hang around the old town of these major city in the slow pave while they could see, feel and take photos from Cyclo. Most of cyclo rider could speak humble English and could be able to explain for tourist city ‘s landmark or must see while paddling. Most of travel agents in Vietnam selling this cyclo tour. Price per hours or per route. Hanoi cylco tour at 10 dollars/person & HCM City cylco tour at 12 dollars/person (tipping 2-3 $ is not included). In other cities in Vietnam, Cyclo is just to carry goods.