Bangkok, Thailand

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The auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk in Thailand, is a widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other Thai cities, as well as other major Southeast Asian and South Asian cities. It is particularly popular where traffic congestion is a major problem, such as in Bangkok. The name is onomatopoeic, mimicking the sound of a small (often two-cycle) engine. There are no meters, and trip costs are negotiated in advance. Bangkok fares have risen to nearly equal normal taxis due to foreigners willing to pay the asking price, but leaves passengers more exposed to environmental pollution than taxis. The solid roof is so low that the tuk-tuk is a difficult touring vehicle. Today few locals take one unless they are burdened with packages.