Bangkok’s Tuk Tuk Urban Odyssey is one of our most popular food tours, and it’s super exciting too, thanks to the zippy Tuk Tuks we ride in! Our foodies love to zip along in a private, colorfully decorated tuk tuk through the historic Rattanakosin (Old Bangkok) area.
Tuk tuks are an urban mode of transportation, seen throughout Asia (and beyond!). The name, coming from the sound the small, 2-cycle engine makes as they move through the streets. In this blog we will introduce you to different types of tuk tuks or three wheelers around the world – there are so many varieties of this fun vehicle!
By Volunteer Marek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20510202
In South Asian countries like Bangladesh, it’s known as an autorickshaw – which is a motorized version of the pulled rickshaw (three-wheelers). But since January 2003, traditional auto rickshaws were banned and now only the new natural gas-powered models (CNG) are permitted to operate across the major cities.
By V Malik from New Delhi & Pune, India – More Karachi Main, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8901634
In India, different varieties of tuk tuks can be found in cities like New Delhi, Pune, Goa etc. In Sri Lanka, they are called trishaws. In Egypt it’s called a toktok. Similar, right?
By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6844341
Countries like Philippines, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Pakistan also have their own version of tuk tuks running across the major streets!
Our Best Picks in Old Town tour also uses tuk tuks for transportation, along with walking and a boat ride, to give you a full menu of transport options to help you navigate your way through the sights, sounds and tastes of Bangkok!