Xich Lo, a symbol of Vietnam tourism

Vietnam tourism always leave a lot of good impression on tourist for many special things. One of these things is Xich Lo which is always in the list of top things in Vietnam. Xich Lo is not only a symbol of Vietnam tourism but also an invaluable cultural present that the history gives to this country.

Xich Lo (cyclo) is a kind of bicycle but it has 3 wheels, a cart for carrying and an upper canvas cover. It is worked by the driver’s paddling power so it is totally environmental- friendly. Sometimes, it can be colorfully decorated for important events.

A typical Xich Lo works by the power of the driver
A typical Xich Lo works by the power of the driver

No one knows exactly when and where Xich Lo appeared. It has been a familiar and useful transportation to many Vietnamese generation for a very long time. In the 1990s, Xich Lo was the most popular transportation with the capability of carrying up to 2 people and many stuffs. It could fit perfectly narrow streets and alleys.

Xich Lo was used to carry both people and goods in the past
Xich Lo was used to carry both people and goods in the past

Nowadays, although Xich Lo is not allowed to carry goods anymore, it is still a means of transportation serving tourist. Tourist traveling to Vietnam always consider Xich Lo as one of the most favorite things because traveling by Xich Lo is cheap, very comfortable, soothing and relaxed. It has a slow pace which helps the passenger to take photos at ease and fully see people’s daily life. Indochina holidays in Vietnam

Take a Xich Lo to enjoy the real pace of Vietnamese people’s life
Take a Xich Lo to enjoy the real pace of Vietnamese people’s life

Xich Lo is not the same in all areas in Viet Nam. It is in different style in different areas. Xich Lo in Hanoi presents the Old Quarter with a peaceful and gentle image. Tourist coming to Hanoi always love to go around by this simple mean of transportation to see famous places in this quarter such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, etc.

Xich Lo in Hanoi attracts tourist at the first time
Xich Lo in Hanoi attracts tourist at the first time

The image of 2 to 3 lines of Xich Lo carrying tourists on every street has become very familiar with Hue people. Like the character of Hue people, Xich Lo in Hue is really moderate and gentle. Going by Xich Lo around Hue Citadel, tourist can peacefully see green streets, rivers and enjoy Ca Hue. It is said that Xich Lo carries the soul and the spirit of Hue.

Tourist traveling by Xich Lo on Truong Tien Bridge
Tourist traveling by Xich Lo on Truong Tien Bridge

Besides, Xich Lo in Hoi An has a different style. It is not simply a method of transportation to carry tourist. It has reached to a higher level that is serving in big cultural, political events organized in Hoi An like Miss Universe and the Asia- Pacific Economy Cooperation conference (APEC).

Xich Lo is used to carry Misses to promote Hoi An tourism
Xich Lo is used to carry Misses to promote Hoi An tourism 

No matter what style Xich Lo has in each area, it is always the first choice of every tourist due to the convenience and comfort it brings. Vietnam has been rapidly developing but Xich Lo is still surviving and leaving impression on local people and foreign tourist as an indispensable thing and a cultural symbol of Viet Nam

I Love Vietnam.

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