MRT- Mass Rapid Transit ala Laos PDR (Please Dont Rush)
Whilst wandering in the early morning through the rural Hmong village north of Van Vieng, I come across this fascinating multi purpose slow moving vehicle locally called ' Songthaew' - a standard mode of public transport linking deep rural hinterland and the terminal along the main highway Route13. Usually the folks are expected to cram themselves and sometimes literally anything that can carry objects will be filled to well over capacity. This is probably only unique in Asia and nowhere else.
As you can see, it uses a small tractor engine with manual handles to steer the vehicle. The tractor engine is attached to a wooden carriage which has 2 benches for passengers to sit on. The name “songthaew” literally means “Two Benches” and it’s pretty obvious when you see the vehicle. I can guarantee that it is not the most comfortable things to ride on, especially on rough terrain, but it serves the purpose really well as it has managed to develop its own way of taking people from point A to point B. But the great thing about this hardy makeshift-looking vehicle is its ability to run like a 4WD and plough through mud and even do river crossing as I have witnessed in Nam Song River
Happy ride folks............
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mesutilgim (89076) 2013-12-21 3:02
Hello dear Abmdsudi,
Nice capture of this -most probably- self constructed tractor.
Good layout and interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice wekeend
daddo (25807) 2013-12-21 3:10
Salam neighbour. Evidence of human ingenuity wherever people make their home. Great POV. I like the ladies' expressions and the rich colours overall. Regards. Klaudio.
gojo (1769) 2013-12-21 3:12
Wonderful image from every day life in Laos. The red part of the vehicle makes it stand out.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-21 3:21
fin dalla miniatura la foto appare in grande evidenza sia per i colori che per il soggetto e, soprattutto, per il particolare punto di ripresa unito all'0uso di una corta focale.
Un'altro bel ritratto della vita di tutti i giorni che si svolge nel nord del Laos, ripreso con la tua consueta perizia.
Ciao, buona giornata e buon fine settimana
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-21 4:21
hello abmdsudi. what an original vehicle this is! from the thumbnail i thought i'd gonna find out some tractor, but this is tractor's cousin! obviously, those dirt roads could only host some donkeys, some 4x4s or this one. the people there should be genius!
npecanhuk (69998) 2013-12-21 4:25
Hi! Very interesting and attractive daily life photo! Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent! Cheers, Neyvan
Sergiom (67404) 2013-12-21 5:37
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue qui nous offre une belle ligne de fuite dans l'image. On dirait bien que les gens vont ou reviennent du travail et que certains conservent le sourire pour le photographe.
Noel_Byrne (27396) 2013-12-21 5:52
in this world of magnetic trains and high speed ferries with all the luxuries it is so cool to see another type of transport, that of ingenuity and purpose. It is a strange looking vehicle but no doubt serves a critical purpose. You have composed this scene beautifully to accentuate the length of the vehicle and to include both the passengers and that beautiful backdrop.
thanks as always
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-21 7:05
A strange looking vehicle, I am not all that surprised though, because in rural Bengal we see all kinds of ingenious vehicles serving many purpose.
In recent years there is a new vehicle called 'VANO' which uses the engines and wheels of old motorbikes to prepare a vehicle which can carry loads and passengers. Your photo makes me remember that strange vehicle.
Your photo also shows that people in rural areas specially in the third world are carrying on in spite of very little help from the government. They are using their years of experience and ingenuity to make the best out of tough situations. Fabulous photo and thanks for sharing.
saxo042 (37666) 2013-12-21 7:40
A very interesting tractor construction! It is well placed in the picture, adding a bright red colour. Beautiful landscape here and a group of very happy people!
eldancer1 (32033) 2013-12-21 7:46
I really admire the creativeness of people--some for better productivity while others for practicality. We are so adaptable to what is available. Nice capture of this contraption with good details. WEll done, tfs.
nikkitta (16758) 2013-12-21 8:07
Wowww, creativity and skill have no limits when transportation is need, here a vehicle that serves ato work at the fields as well as to carry people
Great the way you capture it in contrast with the orande soil and the bluish mountains at the back
Don t you ask for a ride with them?, must have been interesting to be carried that way a bit
Way is back with incredibles photos!
jemaflor (89385) 2013-12-21 8:26
A rural scene well captured with these people at work, grteat depth result with the good choice for this angle to take your shot.
rychem (28037) 2013-12-21 8:32
Original and creative construction, I have never seen such a quaint vehicle, very nice photo, well captured and presnted
Fis2 (89993) 2013-12-21 9:30
Very interesting vehicle, interesting construction.
Good frame and composition.
I like this daily life shot.
pajaran (55025) 2013-12-21 9:40
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan mali traktor i prikolica sa ljudima.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting and good text ...
Good time recording and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice to show you a small tractor and trailer with people.
All the best for the weekend, good luck.
dta (71407) 2013-12-21 10:12
Hello Abmdsudi ,
For someones , it could be an archaic mean of transportation . But that is more modern than a Buffalo !
Excellent capture of the scene with the great effect of the angle of view and of the diagonal .
holmertz (45187) 2013-12-21 10:54
I remember seeing the same kind of vehicle in Cambodia, and probably also in Vietnam. They're not fast, but they move and they provide good photos with their strange constructions and sometimes bright colours. They also offer interesting views of daily life in rural South East Asia. This looks like it was a rather dull day but you have saturated the colours beautifully, while still retaining perfectly natural tones.
ourania (36366) 2013-12-21 11:14
your composition has wonderful dynamism and excellent depth and sharpness that allow us to study the innovative vehicle thoroughly. With a little help from your note too, we can imagine a ride on these long dirt roads in the company of the other commuters who use this means of transportation regularly. Both the vehicle and the group of people are very interesting and I also like the contact with the viewer. You've achieved a superb colour definition. I like how you filled the frame with this strong perspective and how you cropped at the top allowing for a neat, contrasting backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Cricri (111373) 2013-12-21 11:16
Bel angle de prise de ce tracteur très original pour nous européen, intéressant détails, la position du conducteur, et les personnes dans la remorques, belle présentation et note intéressante
kato (11630) 2013-12-21 21:55
You're capturing well this unique vehicle by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see strong Songthaew which omitted all useless functions. It's tasteful for the long body, the tractor engine, big tire and unique handle. Although it don't seem to comfortable for passengers as you note, it can arrive at the destination certainly. And, it shows well the environment of this place.
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-12-21 21:55
thats a great wide shot and love the elements here.lovely to see happy looking people,and the tractor makes the pic n frame so attractive.great pov.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-12-21 23:39
This aggregate travel is very interesting. Thank you presented to us. I like the POV and good colors. Well done!
CLODO (32170) 2013-12-22 1:53
Clever invention very usefull and well taken with a wide angle to stretch it. Well, I don't know how they manage to make a U turn on this road for example!
ktanska (25893) 2013-12-22 4:15
It is indeed quite special type of vehicle. No doubt fairly good on muddy roads though it isn't 4WD. And for sure provides a bumpy ride. Good low close and wide angle. And nice group portrait too.
claudeD (35453) 2013-12-22 8:02
Very well executed shot from Laos showing this interesting scenery. I like your well choosen low pov and the perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
danos (90317) 2013-12-22 9:03
excellent the snapshot with the passing by tractor to carry the natives to the village or their job.
I like the light and colour management as the clarity of the scene.
Silvio1953 (130330) 2013-12-22 9:45
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daily life composition, nice scene, excellent perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
adramad (40642) 2013-12-22 9:45
Sensational image with this strange vehicle, it's the first time I see it, it seems practical for a mixed use, rural works and transport people, superbly captured with good details and perspective optima.
Excellent brightness and very good focus.
Very good job.
Enjoy a happy day.
marabu61 (9501) 2013-12-22 10:25
This curious vehicle just show the ingenuity of mankind in its best. It may not be as luxurious as our buses over here but it certainly serves its purpose to the best in these rugged terrain. Great catch indeed.
have a great week
papagolf21 (90440) 2013-12-22 14:49
Bonsoir, cher Abmdsudi,
L'intérêt de vos photographies est toujours présent pour notre plus grand bonheur.
Ici, encore, le résultat ne manque pas d'intérêt.
Réussite sur toute la ligne.
Très bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
jhm (144250) 2013-12-23 3:50
Really a wonderful picture with these engine and passengers in background. Colours and subject makes these picture attractive.
A nice composition, excellent captured
Very well done, TFS.
delpeoples (55090) 2013-12-23 23:34
I really like the angle you've used here, which together with the wide angle lens has really accentuated the perspective. The sharpness and vivid colours are delightful and you captured such an interesting and magnetic part of daily life in this country. Thanks for sharing and I wish you seasons greetings.
mcmtanyel (16625) 2013-12-24 21:32
When i saw this photo, I thought "a predecessor to a Star Wars vehicle." an excellent catch, fabulously rendered.
mkamionka (32469) 2013-12-27 7:20
Great presentation of the public transport in Laos. I like you interesting and so full of details note. The vehicle is so clear to see -we can almost see inside the engine :) Nice group portrait too.
Excellent reportage photography!
mirosu (15302) 2013-12-28 8:38
After very long journey and even longer after-journey recovery I’m again able to view and comment all the beautiful TE photographs.
Excellent daily life snapshot. You have taken this photo from very good viewpoint, the light is superb and the choice of tight crop perfect. Well done.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
adores (40960) 2013-12-29 2:58
That's a curious little tractor! I thought it was used to work in the fields but it's a good idea, it must be very useful to travel in the rural areas also. A nice shot with a very good pov! I like their expressions looking at you, they must be wondering why you're finding them so interesting!
Waylim (25368) 2013-12-30 9:48
MRT- Mass Rapid Transit ala Laos PDR (Please Dont Rush)
Very funny. There was not much reasons to rush around in Laos. Beaside with the dirt road and pot holes, you really can't go that fast anyway. Though now that is changing, more streets are being build and more cars and bridges between Laos and Thailand. Life is moving faster now.
Love the POV, give the feeling of the MRT a 3D quality and depth. Excellent quality image. All is sharp and clear. It is not very often yous see such a machinery is Laos, since most farmer are poor. It is more common to see water buffalo carrying card than this giant machine. love the background of bluish mountains and green vegetation and forest.
macjake (61434) 2014-01-06 16:05
now this is pure awesomeness at its finest!
its absolutely brilliant, a good use of the available items :)
I like the way you photographed it too, as the long perspective lines work well and a give a special 'look' to it.
a fun photo!
gildasjan (42480) 2015-07-01 10:20
Une excellente image parfaitement cadrée dans ce format.Un très beau rendu de cette scène de vie.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (46898)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-14
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Farm Machinery, Interesting Transportation III [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-21 2:58