Saturday, February 23, 2013

Five-Star Tuk Tuk

In Bangkok, where there are many wealthy tourists and expats, and where certain Thais are obsessed with their social status, many five-star restaurants, hotels, spas, and other services prevail. Even the driver of this three-wheeler installed five taillights in the shape of stars to designate that his vehicle and services are top quality. Most people who take tuk tuks, however, could care a less about that. They just want to get from Point A to Point B safely and for the least amount of money possible.          

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ferocious Tiger

In Thailand, tigers are a symbol of strength, power, and fearlessness. In this culture, you can find Thai-style images of them in the form of tattoos and on lucky yantra cloths, like this one hanging on the ceiling of a three-wheeler. Because tigers can be ferocious and scare away smaller animals, tuk tuk drivers frequently choose this particular image as they believe it drives away other auto rickshaws vying for the same customers. Indeed the competition can be fierce in this city overrun with various forms of taxis.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Happy Chinese New Year 2013
If you happen to be in Bangkok this weekend, hop in a tuk tuk and tell the driver to go to Yaowarat Road to celebrate Chinese New Year. Never mind the hoards of people, the sights in Bangkok's Chinatown at this time of year are spectacular! Be sure to try some delicacies on the street, stop at a Chinese-style temple, watch dancing dragons and troupes of acrobats, and take some photos of the themed decorations in the form of this year's astrological sign, the snake.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Path

“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”  - The Buddha