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A xichlo is a 3-wheeled, pedal-powered rickshaw. Available for hire by the trip, hour or day, xichlos are a convenient and nostalgic means of transportation. In many smaller cities, they are the only means of public transportation!
Xichlos are slowly starting to disappear from HCMC and Hanoi, being replaced by taxis and Honda om. Enjoy this classic form of transportation while you can.
Perhaps the most romantic way to get around town, and certainly the most nostalgic, is by cyclo, the Vietnamese version of a pedicab. Particularly for short distances, cyclos are an inexpensive and pleasant means of transportation. Most one-way fares within downtown can be negotiated for 5,000-10,000 VND (15,000 VND is exchanged to 1 USD at the moment) A typical hourly rate is 10,000-20,000 VND. The cyclo is quickly becoming an endangered species in Ho Chi Minh City. They are already banned from certain streets. Take advantage of this classic form of transport while you can.

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