Saigon Cyclos

February 18, 2016 - Comment

Cyclos in Saigon Vietnam Since 1936 – Cyclos were promoted by a ride from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Saigon via Souairieng – a total of 240 km (150 miles) in 1936. The 2 rider/passengers switched duties through out the ride. It took them 17 hours 20 minutes, excluding a 50-minute ferry trip, an average speed

Cyclos in Saigon Vietnam Since 1936

– Cyclos were promoted by a ride from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Saigon via Souairieng – a total of 240 km (150 miles) in 1936. The 2 rider/passengers switched duties through out the ride. It took them 17 hours 20 minutes, excluding a 50-minute ferry trip, an average speed of 15 KM/HR per hour (9.3 miles per hour) was achieved. They are very popular – even today.

There were even motorized cyclos during the Vietnam War.  Very popular with GIs.

Motorized Cyclo 1960

Motorized Cyclo 1960s – flickrr

When the Vietnam War ended many of those associated with the government in the south were not allowed regular jobs, so they eaked out a living as cyclo drivers. In the late 1990s, some turned to the tour guide business and graduated to motorbikes. Some in Dalat formed an informal guild – known as “Easy Riders”.  Most original Easy Riders are gone now.

The local government has been trying to get cyclos off the streets of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Why?  Cyclos are part of the charm of Saigon – especially for travelers. Vietnamese even use them often. Hanoi, Hoi An, and other tourist areas offer cyclo rides.

Andy & Son on Cyclos

Saigon Travelers Andy & Son on Cyclos
(privatevietnamtourguide.com)

Motorized cyclos are still used for commercial hauling.

More Here:
http://saigoneer.com/old-saigon/old-saigon-categories/6316-pierre-coupeaud-and-the-great-cyclo-trial-of-february-1936

cyclo crew 1936

Original Cyclo “crew” from Phnom Penh to Saigon (photo Saigoneer)

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