How much does it cost to buy a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok?
They can be found everywhere and it's estimated that there are 35,000 of them cruising around the streets of Thailand, but in certain areas it seems like there are a lot more, always with lots of fun colourful lights and often blasting sound systems. So every visitor to Bangkok has seen a tuk tuk, but have you ever seen where they are built? We went out of our way to visit Khun Chett's small factory near Bangkok and see how it's done.
Of course, it involves mechanics with 500 and 650 cc water cooled engines mostly with manual transmission but also with automatic transmission on request. The rest is extremely spartan and so resistant, it is said that in a case of collision with a car, a tuk tuk would barely get some scratches while your car would be wrecked. As much as we like to research everything first hand here at Bangkok.com, we'll have to take their word for that one.
The Phuket Tuk Tuk, often red, is a small Daihatsu converted truck. The cutest one is the Trang Tuk Tuk, originally a Midget MP4 also from Japan. It was first built in 1959 and is very art deco, reminding us a lot of a toaster from the sixties.
Tuk Tuk FactoryAddress: Khun Chett Taikratoke, 183/118 Moo.8 Sukhapiban 1, Bangkae, Bangkok, Thailand 10160
Tel: 08-1173-5992, 02-803-4209