The word tuk tuk is synonymous with the three wheeler passenger vehicle that plies the roads of South and South East Asia. But, that is where the similarity ends. Each country seems to have their own form, design and variety of tuk tuks. In India and Sri Lanka, it is a small cramped vehicle with gears being operated by hand. In Thailand, it is a plush and long vehicle that operates on a car like stick shift gear system and it is known for its ‘boom boom’ sound and its ability to weave through crazy Bangkok traffic.
In Cambodia, it is a totally different version. Here there is a 2 wheeler motorcycle in the front and attached to it on its rear seat is a 2-wheeled passenger compartment that look like a horse carriage of the yester years. These carriages either seat two people very comfortably or four people in a tight fit. These are one of the more popular forms of tourist transport especially in the Siem Reap and Angkor temple area.