Friday, November 23, 2012

Khao San Tuk Tuk

In Bangkok, most tuk tuk drivers have a routine area for parking their vehicles while waiting for customers. The operator of this auto rickshaw is a regular on Khao San Road, the street that British author Alex Garland called "the centre of the backpacking universe" in his 1996 novel, The Beach. Khao San is where budget travelers can find everything they need before and after heading off to the various islands in Thailand (and other locations around Southeast Asia), including internet cafes, ATMs, cheap food, Singha beer, travel agents, fake IDs, and fisherman pants. Oh, and for those who leave the street, there are tuk tuks like this one available for hire.      

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Night Rider

There's nothing quite like riding in a tuk tuk at night. Unlike the experience of traveling in an enclosed car, driving along in an open vehicle is not so removed from the blinking city lights, urban sounds, and action on the streets. Even after nine years of living in this city, I still get a rush every time I take a three-wheeler after dark.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thai Dingleballs

For Bangkok tuk tuk drivers trying to give their vehicles an 80s lowrider look, dingleballs are an essential accessory. They fit right in with the customized paint jobs made up of colorful stripes and other graphics. The only thing missing is fuzzy dice and girls in bikinis.        

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Handmade Souvenir

If you're visiting Thailand and need a fun and unique souvenir or gift for someone back home, I suggest buying a hand-crafted toy tuk tuk made out of beer and soda cans. My favorite ones sport Thai brands of beer, such as Chang, Singha, or Leo, but the ones that have Thai writing that spell Coke or Pepsi are pretty cool, too. You might want to pick up a few considering the low cost of 159 baht each, or roughly five US dollars, and if you purchase more than one, do as the native Thais do and barter for a lower price.   

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thailand's Top 10

Top 10 Things That Foreign Travelers Like To Do When Visiting Thailand
1.  Visit a Buddhist temple
2.  Attend a Thai boxing match
3.  Shop at Jatujak Weekend Market (Bangkok)
4.  Eat Thai food  
5.  Ride an elephant 
6.  Have clothing custom-made at a tailor shop
7.  Get a Thai massage
8.  Take a ferry ride down the Chao Phraya River
9.  Go to the beach
10. Ride in a tuk tuk