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Tuk-Tuk App Offers Convenience to Foreign Tourists

Published: January 18, 2023 at 8:40 pm

TukTuk Taxi

The MuvMi app makes travel more affordable for foreigners by regulating prices.

Ride-hailing applications make Thailand’s popular three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxis more accessible to international tourists by removing the need for tiresome price haggling with drivers.

Urban Mobility Tech, which debuted its MuvMi ride-hailing service 4 years ago, provides electric tuk-tuks that can accommodate up to 6 passengers, as opposed to regular-sized Tuk-tuk taxis that can only accommodate up to 4 passengers.

Tuk-tuks, which look like motorized rickshaws, can get around Thailand’s crowded streets better than cars and are the best way to avoid walking in the hot weather all year round.

“They are convenient for transporting your child because you don’t have to fold the stroller,”  according to a 33-year-old Japanese woman in Bangkok.

The firm now runs 350 tuk-tuks in 12 Bangkok neighborhoods. Passengers can hail transportation at over a thousand pickup locations.

Before settling on a fare, tuk-tuk drivers and passengers commonly negotiate. This arrangement could be problematic for non-Thai speakers.

However, the MuvMi app provides distance-based pricing, eliminating the need for haggling. Passengers can pay in advance using a credit card.

Grab, the biggest ride-hailing app in Southeast Asia is rolling out a comparable tuk-tuk service in Phuket.

In light of China’s easing of outbound travel restrictions, the Tourism Authority of Thailand anticipates 25 million foreign tourists this year.

The tourism sector projects a robust recovery from the COVID-19 lows. MuvMi intends to increase its fleet size to 1,000 tuk-tuks by the end of 2023.

SOURCE: Nikkei Asia

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