Photographer's Note

This was taken in Chau Doc delta town in early morning and what a better way to enjoy the street view and watched the world go by, but this striking stationary 'xe loi' - a traditional modified bicycle-pulled rickshaw caught my attention. There were dozens of them operating on short runs all over the town probably the cheapest mode of transport particularly popular amongst housewives and the elderly. It costs only fractions of a dollar but can get really hot and humid and despite the best efforts of local authority to get rid of them, xe lois still survive.

It's hard to believe that the old ways can still survive the onslaught of motor bikes, buses and cars. Xe loi, which first appeared in Vietnam in the 1930s, is one of the rare pedal powered forms of passenger transport left in the country. Unlike the more popular pedicabs, xe loi' s passenger sits on a small carriage towed behind a bicycle. I was told there were some 1000 xe loi riders in the delta but the golden age of xe loi however, has gone due to stiff competition from motor-bike taxis. In the past, xe lois were a familiar sight in all the Delta, but nowadays it remains only in Chau Doc, that's the uniqueness of this town.

So what would be Chau Doc without xe loi? Only time will tell, so till then we can still find riders waiting in front of every hotel in town more than happy to take you around on their old faithful machines...

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