Laos Transport

Vive la diference

I've been amused at the differences in transport from country to country--some delighted me, others frustrated me
Auto rickshaw/Tuk tuk/Moto

Those terms are sort of variations on a theme:  bare bones human transport, mostly on three wheels



I started with India's auto rickshaw (or "ric")

Cheap, flexible human transport

Downsides:  a tall person has to bend over to get a good road view; somewhat uncomfortable ride



I didn't sample much of Thailand, since I didn't move around much

But here's a larger version of the auto rickshaw



When I got to Siem Reap, Cambodia, though, I was deeply impressed with the tuk tuks there

Great visibility, comfortable seats

And modularity



But as I moved into the eastern part of the state, those elegant beasts disappeared

Only motorbikes for individual transport (well, ok, there were a few cars)

Nice little machine, but riding on the back wasn't my idea of great fun--not to mention the risk in being helmetless



But things got better when I crossed the border into Laos (this in Pakse)

A bare-bones sidecar

good visibility, somewhat comfortable seat

Not so bad



or for even barer (and possibly sorer) bones


But moving north into Vientiane, I lost that simplicity

and reverted to a clumsier tuk tuk--uncomfortable side bench seats, horrible visibility

not to mention that the prices were outrageous



In Luang Prabang the choice was still that clumsy tuk tuk or a motorbike


though I did see this version--but not generally available for taxi service



or a slightly breezier version



For cargo, many simple sidecars



And in Laos I again saw trailers behind motorbikes--but without the elegant hitch arrangement




a sad loss



In human-powered vehicles I again saw simple tricycles for cargo

and ordinary bicycles galore


In human-powered vehicles being pushed, the variations were numerous


wood collection



food distribution







garbage collection and recycling



In Luang Prabang I began seeing many of these human-powered wheel-less modes of transport



always try to get a coupla monks in the photo

love that saffron!

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