The Tuk Tuk: the most symbolic vehicle of Thailand. A cross between a motorcycle and a rickshaw, this is cheap and highly functional open-air public transport for neighborhoods. Tuk Tuks are tricicles operating in the niche between 4-wheeled taxis and 2-wheeled motorbike taxis. They are feared by tourists, appreciated by Thais and revered by their drivers.
Thai Tuk Tuks are made 100% locally and by hand in specialist workshops, often utilizing 2nd hand parts of disused cars, trucks and motorbikes. This is bare bones transport lacking doors, airbags or seat belts - but it comes with decorative metalwork and a proud chauffeur who knows all the shortcuts. Tuk Tuks are specializing in the small paths and alleyways regular cars have trouble navigating, an advantage they occasionally also use to zig-zag through otherwise hopelessly jammed main roads. At night, it can even change into a mobile discotheque. It loud and it is shaky, but also a humane, effective, fun and quintessentially Thai way of getting you and your stuff from A to B in the kingdom of smiles.
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