Top 10 Most Bizarre Transportation Methods Still In Use Today


There are some unique forms of transport that exist around the world apart from the regular ones that we are all aware of. Buses, taxis, and trains are some of the most

common modes of transport, but some of the countries across the world use the most bizarre transportation methods even today.

Let’s explore some of these transportation systems in more detail and learn some interesting facts about them.

10. DUKW (London)

DUKW (London) bus about to go in lake

DUKW or Duck tours are actually amphibious tour buses that are specifically provided as tourist attractions along the lake cities, harbor and riverside in Central London. These were mainly designed during the World War II by the American military for the purpose of carrying and transporting goods and equipment across land and water. The first duck tour company was started by Mel Flath and Bob Unger in 1946 and now the modern versions resemble buses and are equipped with diesel engines.

These duck tours can be the best way to explore some of the prominent landmarks of Central London using both land and water. 

9. Barco De Totora (Peru)

Barco De Totora (Peru) ship in lake

The fishermen in Peru have been using reed watercrafts since the past 3000 years with the purpose of carrying their nets from one place to the other and storing fish inside space. The best way to explore around Lake Titicaca is by using this Barco De Totora which gives magnificent views of the lake by crossing the waters using this unique mode of transportation. 

8. Chiva Express (Ecuador)

Chiva Express going over bridge

The Chiva Express is a bus that runs on railway lines that allow tourists to explore some of the most fascinating mountains along the scenic route of the Andes mountains. There are many different modes of transportation to explore this region but Chiva Express is quite a popular one among them. It offers all the facilities similar to a regular coach including comfortable seating, bar and toilet facilities. The most interesting thing is that tourists can climb onto the roof of this coach to catch a glimpse of the scenic surroundings. 

7. Long Tail Boat ( Thailand)

Long Tail Boat by the beach

The Long Tail Boat came originally from Thailand and they are a type of watercraft which has an automotive engine. It was mainly designed to carry travelers along the canals across Bangkok but since then, the modern roads have replaced these canals. However, still the Long Tail Boat continues to be a popular mode of public transport by the locals who wish to explore the country. These boats are quite long and slim as the name suggests and the ideally suited for cruising along the canals. 

6. Jeepneys (Philippines)

Jeepneys (Philippines)

Jeepneys are one of the most popular modes of public transportation used widely in the Philippines and the modern versions look more crowded and decorative. These Jeepneys were actually made from the US military jeeps from the World War II period. Most of these Jeepneys are used for carrying people across places, some people prefer to use it as a form of personal vehicles with rear doors that are attached to them with an appropriate sign for use. 

5. Bamboo Train (Cambodia)

Bamboo Train (Cambodia) workers prepare

Bamboo Train or Norry is one of the most fascinating forms of transportation used in Cambodia, which is actually an improved version of the rail vehicle. It runs at 50 km/hr across 1-meter gauge tracks along the capital city Battambang and Poipet. There is a bamboo platform for the passengers to sit and enjoy the outside views but the train ride can be bumpy due to lack of well-maintained railway tracks. It is the most efficient form of public transportation as the fares are quite cheap. 

4. Tanga (India)

Tanga (India) Riding horse carriage

In some countries across the world, still the Tanga (horse carriage) is a more popular form of transport than the rickshaws or taxis. Before the introduction of automobiles, these were commonly used in some of the Asian countries by the commuters to travel and get around to different places. This Tanga or light carriage is drawn by two horses and have a pair of large wheels with a driver in the front and passengers in the back seat. The use of Tanga is slowly declining in the urban areas but still prevalent in most rural towns across India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. 

3. Chicken Bus (Central America)

Chicken Bus (Central America)

Chicken buses are colorful and bright that transports people from one place to another and are the most economical form of public transport used in most Latin American countries. Especially people living in the regions across Panama or Guatemala, they are quite inexpensive means to go from one village to the other. Sometimes, live animals such as “chickens” are brought on board by the travelers and the bus are quite crowded and hence, it gets the name-Chicken bus. 

2. Cyclos (Vietnam)

Cyclos (Vietnam)

Cyclos are actually a tricycle taxi which is quite popular attraction among tourists who prefer to explore the city using this bizarre form of transport across Vietnam. They are also one of the best ways to commute and beat the traffic and congestion in the city as well as more environmentally safer as compared to cars. The use of cyclos have declined over the years around the urban areas but they are still popular around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and around Hoan Heim Lake. 

1. Underground Funicular (Turkey)

Underground Funicular (Turkey)

The Funicular is a cable railway and one of the oldest types of passenger transportation system that has existed around the world in some form or the other. This cliff or cable railway is attached using the help of cables to a pair of vehicles that resemble a tram across rails that allows movement upwards and downwards the slope. However, in Istanbul, there is an underground version of this system that covers a route which is more than half a kilometer.

Travelers can explore the seaside along the Golden Horn and also the well-known pedestrian mall. This is second oldest subway after the London’s Underground and is a popular tourist attraction of this region.

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