Cyclo & Xe Om

  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
  • Cyclo & Xe Om
Location

Hue, Vietnam

Prices

10,000 VND per kilometre.
Renting a cyclo may set you back about VND 30,000 an hour (about $1.50 in US dollars), or about $8 for a single afternoon’s tour, waiting time included.

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The cycle rickshaw is a small-scale local means of transport; it is also known by a variety of other names such as bike taxi, velotaxi, pedicab, bike cab, cyclo, beca, becak, trisikad, or trishaw. As opposed to rickshaws pulled by a person on foot, cycle rickshaws are human-powered by pedaling. Another type of rickshaw is the auto rickshaw.
 
They are a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers on a for hire basis. Cycle rickshaws are widely used in major cities around the world, but most commonly in cities of South, Southeast and East Asia.

While Hue is an easy city to walk around, a typical street scene is a foreigner walking down the street with two cyclos (pedicab or bicycle rickshaw) and a motorbike in hot persuit - the drivers yelling, 'hello cyclo' and 'hello motorbike' and the foreigner yelling, 'no, thank you, no!'. There's a pretty standard fare for both of 10,000 VND per kilometre.

Cyclo (rickshaw) and xe om (motorbike) drivers in Hue are among the most annoyingly persistent in Vietnam, but they do offer great value, getting you from tomb to tomb and sometimes offering half-accurate touring services. Renting a cyclo may set you back about VND 30,000 an hour (about $1.50 in US dollars), or about $8 for a single afternoon’s tour, waiting time included.

Cost: About $12-14 for one whole afternoon’s tour.

Tips

Agree on your price before setting off on the trip and watch out for any negotiating tricks – ensure the amount negotiated covers the return trip, and make sure you’re negotiating in the right currency (“hundred” might mean anything between a hundred dollars and a hundred thousand dong – it pays to be specific!).