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Hanoi style cyclo's have a wide, cushioned seat up front and provide shelter from the sweltering sun, with always plenty of plastic ready for expected or unexpected showerstorms. Comfort first.

Cyclo's provide small scale, local and pedal-driven public transportation all over large parts of China and South-East Asia. Traditionally they are quite cheap. Cyclo drivers traditionally work hard for meagre wages.

These days you don't find them that much anymore. More people have their own motorbikes to ride. In some places the remaining cyclo's got an extra layer of paint and are now used for tourists.

It's a fun way to go sightseeing, especially if you aren't that mobile, for people who are older or travel with small kids or just for the sake of it.

Still, I sometimes miss the cyclo's of old. Surely the cyclo drivers back then can't all be working in tourism now. Where have they gone now? How do they make a living now?

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THIS PICTURE is a kind of follow-up shot to my previous "too darn hot" picture, shot from the same 4th or 5th floor coffee shop terrace in Hanoi.

For those who know the basic lay-out of the city, it's just north from Hoan Kiem Lake and very much the centre of things.

The heat is crazy, but this cyclo driver keeps cruising for tourists.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2816 W: 35 N: 5742] (30636)
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