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Phuket’s saleng taxis ready for tourists

 

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PHUKET (NNT) - Villagers in Phuket are now ready to drive tourists around in their modified motorcycles as part of a community-based tourism package, including a stop at Mai Khao Beach where tourists can closely observe aircraft landing.

 

These sidecar and roofed motorcycles known as saleng are owned by villagers at Ban Mai Khao community in Phuket, who are now ready to offer Thai and international tourists a fun form of travel when they wish to visit the famous Mai Khao Beach.

 

The beach is located just off Phuket International Airport’s runway, and provides a perfect spot for planespotters to snap photos of aircraft on their approach to landing at the airport.

 

Ban Mai Khao community‘s Vice President of Tourism Manit Saithong said today the community anticipates visitors will soon be back as the COVID-19 situation has greatly deescalated.

 

These saleng taxis will transport visitors to and from Mai Khao Beach, as well as other community-based tourism attractions, such as the last rice farm on Phuket, a buffalo farm, or a cicadidae catching activity. Visitors can book these activities at the Saleng Taxi stand in Phuket.

 

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Aren't these things classified as illegal modifications?

There are increasing numbers of domestic tourists in Phuket, especially at the weekends but far easier to knock things I guess for some.

just what I want to see...airplanes landing and taking off

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1 minute ago, Psimbo said:

There are increasing numbers of domestic tourists in Phuket, especially at the weekends but far easier to knock things I guess for some.


i don’t think it’s ‘knocking things’ rather it’s recognizing that Thailand is in dire need of international tourists, a ‘domestic weekend clientele’ is maybe just enough to keep the wolf from the door for some of the hotels, restaurants, taxi’s and salaengs.

 

The current situation is devastating in all areas usually reliant on international tourists. 

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9 hours ago, Psimbo said:

but far easier to knock things I guess for some.

 It's not really hard to do, they tend to leave themselves open for it!

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9 hours ago, stuarty said:

Aren't these things classified as illegal modifications?

 

Legality is open to interpretation and bargaining power!

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A couple of things.

Domestic flights are operating all over Thailand including to Phuket. Those who are wondering why planes are in the air should try to understand simple concepts, such as domestic travel and tourism.

 

On topic, these saleng taxis have been operating for at least a month as evidenced by this youtube video posted by an expat domestic tourist on 9th of October.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, nausea said:

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but with that three wheel configuration they're inherently unsafe, I would've thought.

Have you ever been to Asia?

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Mai Khao Beach, as well as other community-based tourism attractions, such as the last rice farm on Phuket, a buffalo farm, or a cicadidae catching activity.

Sounds very exciting 🥱 I can see hordes of tourists coming just for these activities.

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