I am not a big fan of the Xich Lo
because I feel a bit mean sitting there looking around while there is an old man using all his energy to pedal the thing.
While walking along the street on my recent trip to Saigon, I was starting to feel exhausted when an old Chinese man rode past and asked if he could show me around. I refused twice but I then agreed after he told me that he would take me to a very good Hu Tiu(noodle soup-Chinese style). I talked to him about a variety of things, about the city and the people. The xich lo driver also told me about himself and how his income fluctuates everyday but remains low compared to other jobs. This is really hard work and the charge is usually dependent on the distance.
Nowaday, most people who use the Xich Lo are from the older generation or they are kids. Young adults prefer to go by bike
or taxi for speed and convenience which is opposite to the old folk who care more about safety and a relaxing ride. Some people use Xich Lo to take their children to school. I think I might use Xich Lo more often because I can see things happening during my trip and also using them will preserve one of the traditional trades and customs in Viet Nam.
Labels: Ho Chi Minh City, Pavement Pounders, The South, Travel