Monday, June 14, 2010

The Jeepney and the Tuk-tuk

The jeepney and the tuk-tuk are popular modes of (low-cost public) transport in the Philippines and Thailand respectively. In both cases the open air design is a double-edged sword: the outside breeze alleviates the tropical heat, but you're also exposed to smog and dust. Air-conditioning is out of the question, unless you want more expensive alternatives like a cab or bus. More recently, there are a few fully electric jeepneys ("E-jeepney") plying the streets of Manila.

The tuk-tuk has equivalents in many developing countries, and is generically referred to as the auto rickshaw. In the Philippines there is a slight variation ("tricycles") where passengers are in a cabin adjacent to the driver.

For the uninitiated, here is a funny how-to guide for riding jeepneys in the Philippines:


Hip Hop Clothes UK said...

Jeepneys are really fun to ride on.

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