Vespa Sidecar Taxi

•March 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This Vespa Sidecar taxi plies its trade at a N. Sumatra bus station

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Indonesia, March, 1995

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The Wild West

•March 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Horses provide most of the transport needs in rural Tibet. Under Chinese occupation, Tibetans subsist in extreme poverty in the countryside, and do not own motorized vehicles.

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May, 1995

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Vauxhall Wyvern in Chiang Mai

•March 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I spotted this 1949 Vauxhall Wyvern while I was taking a shortcut on my bicycle through the grounds of a wat (temple) in Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, February, 2002

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Local Motorcycle Bus, N. Cambodia

•March 20, 2007 • Leave a Comment

It was still dangerous to travel in most parts of the country during my first visit to Cambodia in 1996. Some Western journalists had recently been killed. There were bandits on nearly all roads, and ‘Pol Pot’ guerrillas in the north – sometimes the real Pol Pol group but usually bandits calling themselves Pol Pot.

Siem Reap was one of the three designated ‘safe’ destinations for tourists, though getting to it from Pnomh Penh could be dangerous too – the fast speedboats up the river were often shot at by locals who were annoyed that they disturbed local fishing. So speedboats had machine-guns mounted on them.

When I travelled to outlying areas of the Angkor Wat temple complex, I had to pay an extra £2 for a young lad carrying a wooden pretend rifle to sit on the back of the pick-up truck (with blacked-out windows); I felt much safer.

I’m not sure what it’s like now, but Cambodians were very trigger-happy when I visited Cambodia in the 1990’s. I was once in Pnomh Penh during a local festival and I found that, whereas in other countries locals throw firecrackers, Cambodians simply fire their guns in the air. Bullets often kill someone on their way down.

This motorcycle pulling a trailer is a typical ‘bus’ for locals.

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Siem Reap, N. Cambodia, March, 1996

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Dragon Car

•March 19, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This ornate dragon car I spotted on a side street in Saigon was used for funerals.

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, April 1998

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Autorickshaw in Delhi

•March 18, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Autorickshaws can be found all over India in various states of dismantlement and decay, or propped up at various angles to work on the underside.

If you’d like to see more photos of autorickshaws, tempos, bajaj’s, cyclerrickshaws, delivery tricycles, etc, please click here

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Delhi, India, February, 1997

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Daihatsu 3-wheeler in Chiang Mai

•March 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Daihatsu made three-wheelers from 1930 (motorcycle triporteur style with the pick-up bed behind). The first 3-wheeler car, the Daihatsu Bee, was produced in 1951.

The company was taken over by Toyota in 1966 and ceased manufacturing 3-wheelers in 1976.

I spotted this delightful little Daihatsu three wheeler on Moon Muang St in Chiang Mai.

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Chaing Mai, Thailand, January, 2005

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