One of Asia's most famous, and durable, forms of transport ... the trishaw .. is?
GV trishaws parked at roadside
GV trishaws along road (TWO SHOTS)
SV Mr Bum cleaning his trishaw (TWO SHOTS)
LV Mrs Samluai and her children leaving house and walk to trishaw
SV trishaws being taken onto road with Mrs Samluai driving
SV Mr Bum and Mrs Samluai driving trishaws
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Background: One of Asia's most famous, and durable, forms of transport ... the trishaw .. is disappearing. The famous three-wheeled bicycle is going the way of its predecessor, the hand-pulled rickshaw, and becoming yet another victim of progress. The growing number of buses and cars in the big cities of Asia means the three-wheeled tourist attraction is being banished to the countryside.
SYNOPSIS: Here in the Thai town of Phrabudhabaht, 85 miles (140 kilometres) north of Bangkok, the trishaw still holds its own as the main form of transport. But although 300 drivers still peddle their passengers along the rutted dirt roads, they, like the trishaw, are a dying breed. Almost all are over 50 and children are not attracted to a job that pays an average of two dollars (GBP 1) a day.
Many of the drivers came to the town from Bangkok 18 years ago when the authorities in the capital banned the trishaws from the main streets as a hazard to motorists.
For 44-year-old Mrs Sam Luai, feeding and clothing her nine children properly has meant joining her 53-year-old husband on the push-pedal circuit. Luckily she has become a popular driver in the town and most days, brings home more than the average driver.
A disappearing scene....but a disappearance not entirely regretted.