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Thailands electric tuk-tuks set to take on the world - The BigChilli

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Thailands traffic-beaters INTRODUCED here some 60 years ago, the motorized tuk-tuk is today one of Thailands best known and best loved icons. Also called a samlor, meaning three-wheeler, theyre seen and heard throughout the country. Numbering about 7,000 in Bangkok and 30,000 in the provinces, tuk-tuks are especially popular with tourists, who relish their eccentric design, and also with vegetable sellers, who pile their fresh produce on every available space. And with their ability to squeeze between stationary vehicles, theyre ideal for beating traffic jams. Their name derives from the sound made by their small two-stroke engines. Coincidentally, tuk also means cheap in Thai. This may have been the case in the past but some drivers nowadays demand relatively high fares, especially from foreigners. In Bangkok a tuk-tuk ride may cost more than one of the same distance in a taxi. Tuk-tuks dont have meters so passengers must negotiate the price with the driver, and this can be a lengthy process. In the provinces, though, theyre regarded as a cheap mode of transportation for locals.

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