MOST countries in Asia have a local version of a rickshaw, an affordable and efficient two or three wheeled form of transport for anything from tourists to goods. The word itself comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha, meaning human powered vehicle, although today they can be hand pulled, cycles or even automatically powered by electrics, solar or fuel (natural gas, two and four stroke).
IT’S a tale of Olympian proportions: A man, a rickshaw, and a slow journey from a Chinese village to London through 16 countries. Chinese farmer Chen Guanming claimed Thursday that his two-year odyssey to the London games took him from Thailand’s floods to Tibet to snowed-in Turkey to Britain since he started in 2010. The…>
Two weeks ago I profiled the ASEAN Rickshaw Run, an adventure involving the hair-raising process of getting a rickshaw from Jakarta to Bangkok through muddy swamps, scary mountain roads and crazy amounts of traffic. Well the race got under way on October 16 and there have been plenty of live updates and photos to check…>
If you’ve travelled much in Asia you’ll no doubt have come across the ubiquitous rickshaw – although it does take on a different shapes and forms, from the motorised to cycle and hand pulled versions. But whatever the kind you’ve seen or been in, you’ll no doubt have realized how impractical and hair raising it…>
KOCHI, India (AP) — Traditional drums rolled as hundreds of spectators bid farewell and good luck Sunday to scores of flimsy autorickshaws starting the ride of a lifetime: from India’s southern tip to its northeastern edge. Keeping limbs intact will likely be a very real challenge for the 180 people from 19 countries who began…>
INDIA’S former British residents utilized high altitude towns across the nation as a place of refuge from the intense summer heat of the plains. Many of these had a central mall or a focal point such as a lake, around which activities could be based. Today the idea of the hill station is not lost on modern day tourists with Indian and other visitors flocking to places in Kerala, Uttarkhand, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states for a little respite.
THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.