The Tuk Tuk
The Tuk-Tuk is a symbol of Thai ingenuity. It
is a modification of a Japanese delivery
vehicle popular in that country during the
1960s. It is now being exported abroad.
The name Tuk-Tuk is a Thai coinage taken
from the chugging sound of the vehicle.
It is also a symbol of Thai artistry in that the
Tuk-Tuks are adorned and painted in many
different ways and colors. The colorful
Tuk-Tuk has in fact become a tourist
attraction in itself because of its novelty.
In the provinces, the Tuk-Tuk is the most
popular means of transport. They operate
like taxi's without any meter. They are
sometimes faster than ordinary taxi's in
heavy traffic because they can easily move
in and out of a traffic jam.
Without any luggage, three people can fit
into a Tuk-Tuk. It's possible to fit more in but
it gets cramped.