As mentioned above the cyclo drivers will never be far away and a nice idea to get your bearings on arrival might be to take a cyclo for about an hour which takes you on a tour of the Old Quarter. This shouldna��t cost you more than about 30,000 Dong ($2 US), in fact youa��ll be approached by some riders offering a�?One Hour for One Dollara��.
We took a cyclo over to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Before leaving wea��d agreed a price of 35,000 Dong (just over $2US) for this journey but after seeing the poor old bloke move our two heavy bodies across the city we paid him 50,000 Dong (just over $3US) and told him to keep the change. A $1US tip to us is nothing (even though it represents 50%) and for the hard work the rider has to do to earn a pittance he certainly earned it.
Some travellers would disagree with these comments, arguing that such behaviour fuels inflation for future visitors. A fair point but Ia��d argue that some prices in Vietnam are just too low and these poor cyclo riders deserve more for their efforts. Wea��re all entitled to our opinion.
This is certainly the quaintest form of Hanoi transport and well worth the journey just for the experience.