Asian transportation: Getting around locally

One of the first things a traveler will notice in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, are the colorful modes of transportation. At some point most travelers invariably find themselves on the back of a motorbike or tuk-tuk, whizzing through the market streets of Hanoi or the back roads of Indonesia (the mouses way) to avoid jammed highways.

In this first of a four-part series on Asian transportation, well discuss local transport, from tuk-tuks to jeepneys to becaks.

Although the modes of conveyance are similar, the terms vary from region to region. Heres a brief glossary.

beca (pronounced be-cha) a cycling rickshaw in Malaysia, still common in historical tourist areas s