|Twilight, and a Samlor driver and
his gleaming machine wait for
customers on a busy intersection
in a North Eastern town in Thailand.
The young man's T-shirt says
'World Famous Ski Champion'.
I guess he fits snow chains on
the wheels of his Samlor to climb up
to those renown Thai ski resorts.
In the background, blurred by this
time exposure, a tuk-tuk (a motorised
version of the Samlor) rushes past.
|Look at the gorgeous
swan-like proportions of the elegant Thai 'Samlor' with all its
delicious lovingly polished chrome work. It looks like a frisky
light weight racer compared to the heavier over-engineered British
designed Trishaws of Malaysia. Samlor means 'three wheels', a perfectly
adequate description of these machines. Unlike the Indonesian Becak
and the Malaysian Trishaw, the driver pedals from the front of the
vehicle. The passengers also ride a lot higher off the ground than
these lower-slung counterparts.