Traffic in Hanoi is notorious for its chaotic mix of cars, buses, motorcycles, and bicycle rickshaws, known as cyclos.
The traditional way to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter is by cyclo. You’ll feel like royalty (or maybe a bit conspicuous) as you’re pedaled around the bustling city on a padded tricycle. Rates start at 100,000d per hour. Tipping is not required or even expected, but giving your driver 10,000d is a nice gesture.
Bikes can be rented from establishments such as café–rental store Hanoi Bicycle Collective who have a selection of mountain and city bikes. Prices range from 50,000d per half-day to 100,000d for the full day. You can get the tires pumped up at just about any street corner for 1,000d per tire. Traffic is so congested in the Old Quarter, however, that walking is advisable.
Hanoi Bicycle Collective. While nobody would call frenetic Hanoi a cyclist’s paradise, the Hanoi Bicycle Collective is doing its best to encourage the use of pedal power. As well as serving as a retail space, with several brands of bike on offer, the outlet has set itself up to become a hub of cycling life, commuting, social activity, and fitness.