Saturday, November 05, 2011
This trishaw rider in Penang is taking the opportunity for a quick snooze.
There are about 200 trishaw in Penang which are mostly scattered around Georgetown area. Penang trishaw comes in many names, Rickshaw, trishaw, taxicab or locally referred to as beca.
The modern beca in Penang is a pedal-powered trishaw rather than one that’s pulled by runners. It ferries tourists through narrow lanes, offering them a closer view of the neighbourhood in an unhurried manner. The nostalgic feeling sitting on top of the three wheeled beca does indeed an unforgettable experience. Besides the novelty of traveling in this open-fronted three wheeled vehicle, trishaw allows visitor the opportunity of visit the sights at a more leisurely pace and stopping at any point to
snap picture or to buy souvenir.
Beca riders are equipped with information about the interesting sights along the tourism route that they took, thanks to the state government initiative in providing training and the re-branding effort which includes beatification on the current old beca. This will makes a visitor's ride more interesting and at the same time raise the image of Penang trishaw riders which are one of the frontlines in making foreign tourist stay in Penang enjoyable.
The price of using a beca in Penang varies from about RM 15 to about RM 30 per hour. Try to negotiate for the best price before using this service. Some tour agent or hotels provide a package tour which includes sightseeing on trishaw with lunch or dinner included. The package tour cost about USD 35 to USD 45 and lasts about 2 to 3 hours.