Adventures In Transit: Planes, Trains and Tuk-Tuks

There was a time in my life, not too long ago, when the A train from W. 4th Street to Times Square was my idea of a thrill ride. But since June I’ve racked up some serious frequent flyer miles, hit the open seas, and taken many a road less traveled. In fact, some of my biggest adventures this summer were in transit.  From crashing on the banks of the Mekong River in a rickety Cambodian motor boat, to zipping around Bangkok in a 2-person Tuk-Tuk with five robust Italian men, to treacherous scooter rides along the jagged coastline of Sorrento, getting from point A to point B hasn’t been anything by boring. Here are some of my most memorable moments.

Cambodia Speed Boat on Mekong River
Cost: 20 USD per person
Perks: We sailed beneath stiled houses and through thick groves, waving at curious children as they splashed about in the water. Sit on the bow for the most unobstructed view, but beware: our boat crashed into the brush, breaking the wire attached to the motor and stranding us for a good 20 minutes. I nearly went overboard.

Courtney Scott Thailand Siam Reap Boat

Yellow Pages Delivery Van
Cost: Free (hitchhiking)
Perks: The driver graciously offered us the latest edition of the Milano yellow pages, hot off the presses!

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Horse and Carriage
Cost: Free activity – part of Cirie’ English Camp
Perks: La Mandria park in Torino is even more beautiful when toured atop a vintage carrozza from the beautiful Cascina Vittoria. www.parcomandria.it/index.shtmlProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Capri Self-Driven Motor Boat
Cost: USD 25 per person for 2 hours
Perks: Check out my previous blog entry “You Drive It” for all the details. It was just too go to be true!Capri Self Driven Boat - Courtney Scott

Than’s Tuk-Tuk
Cost: How well can you negotiate?
Perks: Aside from being a cool dude, Than knows Siam Reap like the back of his hand and has the cleanest tuk-tuk in the city. Here’s Than photographed on the bow of our boat trip. Not only was he a star Tuk-Tuk driver, but look at his moves. Email him next time you’re in Cambodia and tell him tell him Courtney says “Sues’day”! (thanbontuktuk@yahoo.com)

Than on the Cambodian Speed Boat in Siam Reap

Dirt Bikes
Cost: Free – an extension of our Tuk Tuk ride with Than
Perks: When monsoon season hits, the roads become too narrow and muddy for tuk-tuks to pass. Than called some of his buddies who took us deep into a remote village on their dirt bikes. I should probably have been holding on with two hands, but I coudln’t pass up the chance to snap this photo of Alby and Marco.

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Other interesting ways I’ve gotten around: Romanian family’s luxury sedan, overpriced Milano taxis, Cirie’ bicycle without breaks, Guiseppe’s race car (never again), Italian buses…ticket? What ticket?

1 Comment

  • Anonymous says:

    FABULOUS! FABULOUS! FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing your travel adventures. I delighted in reading them repeatedly and couldn’t wait for each new entry. Welcome home, bella figlia!
    Con amore,
    Papa

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