Friday, February 22, 2008

Trishaws in Palembang

When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I remember going for some really fun rides with my grandmother on the 'Beca' (pronounced be-cha). These are trishaws. We used to have them in Malaysia but they are a rare sight these days. I never thought I'd be on one again.

In Palembang, they are still a popular form of transport for short distances. Here they all are, lined up outside the Perumnas market.


I don't really want to use them on the roads to go anywhere but I thought it would be fun for Aaron to try it out. We called this guy to the house and paid IDR 10,000 (USD 1.10) for a trip around the neighborhood.

Aaron absolutely LOVE IT! He squealed and giggled the whole time we were on it. I took the maid along with us just in case I didn't understand the 'driver' and that brought our total weight to about 110kgs. The poor guy had to get off the bicycle and push when we came to a slight incline. Although, I think they are used to much MORE weight than that. These men are scrawny but incredibly strong. Anyway, the added weight made the downhill runs extra fast.....we were rattled and bumped the whole way but it all worth it.



Here we are all squashed under the low roof:

4 comments:

Kellan said...

What fun! I was telling my friend the other day that we needed one of those - she likes to walk and I don't, I said she could walk and pull me along in a trishaw - I could be with her and not have to do any walking - tee hee! Great pictures - what fun! Have a good weekend Amanada - see you soon. Kellan

John said...

Looks like great fun for Aaron!

Bilbo said...

In the last photo, Aaron looks a bit puzzled by the whole thing...although he's probably glad he the one riding and not the one pulling! Very interesting look at something we don't see here in the U.S. Thanks!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Actually a variation of these are used in London, here in Britain.