i read that cyclo is one of the MUST DO in Hanoi. what is the charge like?
When you say "charge" are you referring to the cost or the feeling you derive from being hauled around by another human being?
Cost depends on your negotiating skills and the hunger of the driver to get money.
Take care that no one snatches your camera or purse, when you are seated in a cyclo it is difficult to get out and chase a snatch thief.
Cyclos can be found in most larger towns and cities which are increasingly clamping down on their access to major thoroughfares in view of the inordinate amount of road space a cyclo occupies.
IMHO, the only good thing about a cyclo is that it doesn't pollute the air.
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to answer your question:
If you are going point to point then you need to allow about 10.000vnd to hop in and then about 5000 per km after that.
If you are just taking a cruise or a tour or covering many destinations then somewhere in the neighborhood of 35.000 to 50.000 ($2-3) per hour is ok.
There are licensed cyclos behind the opera house or your hotel can call them for you. To avoid any conflict about the price have your hotel staff negotiate for you and make your last drop off point back to the hotel so they can be with you when you pay.
Thanks Martin for this info
thanks martin for the info. very helpful as a guide to negotiate.
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