Photographer's Note

Thailand has its Songthaew, The Philippines the Jeepney and in Indonesia, the Colt rules the road. This kind of public transportation typically operates on a fixed run, the catch being that anyone can flag down the car to stop anywhere along its route (and if you manage to get the driver's attention you can also ask to be dropped off at your choice). The drivers will often be reckless, the cars in questionable condition and the leg room meagre. The Colt will often be tuned with lots of trinkets to make them look like something out of The Fast and the Furious, and the boombox will be loaded with your typical Bahasa rap. To help the driver, a colleague apt at climbing around inside or outside the vehicle during transit, will be calling out to potential passengers and collecting fees.

Actually, in Indonesia the Mitsubishi Colt has been so successful that its name is now synonymous to "Mikrolet" or "Bemo", i.e. you would say you grab a Colt just as well as grab a taxi.

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