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The shot was taken while sitting in a tuk-tuk during a mad race in the huge traffic of Bangkok. It was another great experience both for the incredible race and the behaviour of the driver. He picked up us near the royal complex, telling that will show us a lot of interesting and by other tourists, not often visited sights, for very "little" money. And the price agreed was really "little".
So, first we ran to the first sight but the second stop was directly a jeweller's shop, where he invited me to go in, because there were big discounts only that day. I thanked him and told that I'm not interested in buying since just disembarked and have not many time to visit the city before taking a connecting flight.
For ten miutes, he insistently invited me to enter and have only a look at the shop. Since we were in the suburbs of BKK, there were no other tuk-tuks or taxis in the nearby to stop, so I decided to enter. Apart the sellers the shop was completely empty, so I said hello to everybody there and went out. I spent in, not more than a half minute and told to the driver that as he wished I had a look at and now, as promised he has to move to the next sight. He was visibly very disappointed because I didn't buy something in the shop but moved to the next stop. And while we visited the site, without saying anything and without being paid he left us there. Since didn't have a map of the city and with no idea of where I was in that moment, I looked for another tuk-tuk to take me to the royal palace, but every of them told me that they will take me first to a shop with big discounts only for that day!! Obviously, I understood that they're highly interested only in the commissions they get from the shops and not really for the transport fee. Finally, after nearly a one hour walk I stopped and found one who took me where I wanted.
I have to tell that also the taxi driver, who picked me up in the airport, left me at nearly 2 kms from the agreed destination...
So keep in mind these small (dis)adventures, could happen when visiting this city.

Here is the link for some infos about this funny means of transport.

Since I was not convinced which version to upload, I posted also a b&w in the WS.

***scanned from print***

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