Vietnamese tourism has every kind of terrains: plains, rivers, streams, sea and also mountains. Therefore, it’s obviously to have various means of transport here. For that reason, travelers can have exciting experiences from trying unique means of transport which hard to be seen anywhere on Earth. Let’s take a look.
Xe om (motorcycle taxi)
Xe om must be the top of the most famous means of transport with travelers domestically and internationally. It is divided into two types are motorbike tour and roadside motorbike, which are optional for travelers. One tourist once said that it was “xe om” which made him especially interested in Vietnam tourism.
A motorbike may have a higher price than a roadside motorbike, but tourists are professionally and enthusiastically served. Nowadays this kind of tourism is making more and more innovation to attract tourists. Some of the companies choose ladies in ao dai (traditional clothes of a Vietnamese lady) to be private drivers for tourists. Or some others choose their motorbike’s brand to be Vespa, which made the groups of tourists become highlights when moving on the road.
Roadside motorbike is more suitable for domestic tourists because the ability in speaking foreign languages of the roadside drivers are less professional. However, these drivers are very caring and kindly. They are always ready to guide visitors bit by bit, with all their possibilities. The loveliness of “xe om” is the thing that only someone has ever tried once can understand.
Xich lo (cyclo or cycle rickshaw)
Cyclo is also on the list of the most favorite means of transport in Vietnam. With affordable prices, cyclo slowly brings tourist to every corner of the street for a closer point of view from your hotel Saigon. Cyclo has once been voted in Boredpanda for the most exciting means of transport which worth exploring.
In the old days, cyclo only belonged to the rich and the aristocracy. But day by day, it became popular to the majority of tourists domestically and internationally. Be a safe mean of transport with friendly, hospitable drivers; cyclo has gained the hearts of many foreign tourists.
If cyclo is the choice to be for the journey, travelers can be able to see every inch of the 36 Old Streets in Hanoi, the solemn ancient capital of Hue, the cordial Hoi An or the young dynamic Sai Gon… On cyclo, tourists will completely enjoy the cool open space, but not to worry about the rain since each cyclo is equipped canvas cover to protect visitors. That is a peaceful image of a cyclo, which gives visitors the feeling of a real Vietnam.
The cable cab is known for one of the unique “aerial” means of transport that travelers can choose for their journey in this beautiful country. Cable cab is now available in many countries but only in Vietnam with the charming scenery nowhere to be found, that visitors want to try this means of transport once in their lives.
Vietnamese cable cab used to be on the top of many world records, one to be mentioned is the Ba Na – Da Nang cable cab and the one which has conquered Mount Fansipan. Nature has its different beauty when travelers contemplate it from the cable cab. It could be the vast green forest far to the horizon, the deep blue sea shimmering in the sunshine or the mysterious scene immersed in misty fog. That sure are the memorable experience for any visitors.
Kayak is the mean of transport used in some river tours in Vietnam, but the difference is that it has a foreign origin. There are many countries in the world using kayaks as means of travel, while in Vietnam, kayaks have only become popular in recent years.
Hai Phong, Ha Long, Nha Trang, Da Lat… are the most popular destinations for experiencing kayaks. To become their own captain on the kayak, tourists can have the chance to reach the cool crystal clear water and enjoy the authentic scenery. Some of them may have to say “Now this is life.”.
Thuyen thung (coracle)
The lives of Vietnamese fishers are not only on the big boats offshore but also on the coracles which are meticulously crafted. Coracle is the mean of fishers to fishing near the shore, and also a unique mean of transport for tourists.
Coracles help visitors to feel the heart of the ocean easily. Travelers are assured when using coracles since each is always equipped with life jackets as well as only be used in safe shallow water. Traveling by coracles will certainly be a novel experience, and isn’t it so excited finding a way to be stable while standing on the waves of the sea?
Maybe those other means of transport are not unique to any land, but to speak of elephant riding that is to speak of Tay Nguyen. How admirable to see those enormous creatures have been trained to become this unique but also safe mean of transport.
The tourists when being here always found this new experience is irresistible. It is an extremely interesting feeling to sit on the back of the elephants, watching the pace of life in villages, then wading through a majestic river of Tay Nguyen. This experience will fully complete the journey and make it even more meaningful.
Electric car is one of the unique means of transportation used in Vietnam’s tourism, quite suitable for the needs of the green environment today. Electric cars are prevalent in ecotourism and scenic areas rather than on the street.
Electric cars help travelers to move conveniently, and also do not release smoke that pollutes the environment, nor cause more effect on noise pollution. It should be a waste not to try such an interesting but valuable means of transport.
Double bike is also considered as one special mean of transport in Vietnam. It is mainly found in the coastal city because only when using bicycles that travelers can be the most comfortably relaxed in the serene scenery of the ocean.
Travel along the sea routes such as Hai Phong, Da Nang, Vung Tau… a common image to be easily found is a double bicycle gently rolling down the road. People say double bike is the “transportation of love” with a reason. Families or lovers don’t need any driver on a double bike; it’s just you and your beloved one to be anywhere on Earth.
Speak of horse wagon, most of the tourists may be surprised since it’s modern day and horse wagons are no longer to be popular. But it will be a big mistake not to experience the journey by horse wagons.
Horse wagons appear almost everywhere. Not only in the highlands but also in the coastal city of Nha Trang or the riverside city of Southwest, tourists can always hire a horse wagons to travel and have the feeling of just leaping through time.
The helicopter must be a newly mean of transport for tourism activity in Vietnam. If helicopter is the choice for the journey, travelers will have an unforgettable time while seeing a different Vietnam from above.
This is the type of tourist means just appeared in certain tourist places to meet the tastes of tourists in and outside the country. If choosing the destinations of Da Nang, Hue, Ha Long, Sapa, Cat Ba… visitors can have the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature and people from a height of 400 m. The helicopter fee is about 420 – 650 $ per person, so if you are interested, do not hesitate to try on a helicopter trip.
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