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.
Ban Mai Khao community‘s Vice President of Tourism Manit Saithong has said 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 many other local attractions.
This form of public transport seems to be an ideal solution to a continuing issue for visitors and locals in Cha-Am.
The lack of multi-passenger transport around the city without a songtaew route, tuk-tuks or any other options for commuters to traverse along the beachfront, travel from a bus or train station or visiting nearby attractions has long been a source of frustration. Mum, dad and the kids perched on the back of a motorbike taxi just doesn’t work!
Of course, there are selengs to be seen on Cha-Am streets. The locals use them as delivery vehicles, mobile food stalls or even for simple and low cost family transport. But as an equally simple and low cost taxi solution, never. Despite some legal hurdles, apparently overcome in Phuket, why not?