Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Modes of travel in Myanmar

Myanmar is transport challenged.  You have many options-many that haven’t been seen in the United States since about 1909.

You have the good ol’ tried and true ‘walking’–sometimes while carrying things on your head.

You have the bicycle–another tried and true option.

You have the trishaw.  Relative to the rickshaw but this is a bicycle (see previous entry) but also sports a sidecar (not the drink) that can carry two riders (back to back).  Here is Joe and Francie.

There is also the horse and cart.  A popular option back in the US circa 1909 or in the Amish country. 

There is also the very, very small Mazda taxi.  These blue vehicles where probably purchased from Russia in about 1978 (after being sold by Japan to Russia in 1966). Width is about 4 feet. It reminds me of the small car the main character drives from the movie ‘Brazil’.


April 21, 2007 - Posted by | burma, Myanmar, SE Asia, Travel


  1. That Mazda looks like it would be fun to take for a spin!

    I wonder if it has any classic car status here in the USA, if there are any around?

    I assume it’s manual? 3-4 gears or something?

    Comment by Joe | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. can you bring me back one of those cars?

    Comment by kim | April 26, 2007 | Reply

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