Vientiane is a fascinating and exciting city – but sometimes it can be a challenging place for visitors to explore and enjoy. Husband and wife team, Ere and Peta, founded Tuk Tuk Safari to help visitors get the most out of their time in Vientiane. They love living in Laos and have a passion for showcasing the secret attractions that Vientiane has to offer!
Ere and Peta have worked hard to create day tours that help travellers explore Lao life and culture in Vientiane.
- View our full range of day tours and home stays
- Meet Ere and Peta, the founders of Tuk Tuk Safari
- Your guide – Ere
All of our activities have been developed in partnership with local Lao non-government organisations, independent organisations and small businesses. Your participation in a Tuk Tuk Safari tour directly supports these organisations and enterprises financially, as well as promoting and valuing Lao culture and traditions.
The tuk tuk low-down
Ere and Peta are passionate about supporting the continuing existence of tuk tuks in Laos! They have their own tuk tuk which is used to run the Tuk Tuk Safari tours. The tuk tuk provides a relaxed and informal way to travel to the many exciting activities and attractions on your Tuk Tuk Safari. This quintessentially Asian mode of transport allows travellers to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Vientiane while they move around the city.
Tuk tuks are an iconic, economical, practical and hardy form of transport. They use less fuel than cars or trucks over the same distance and can last for 20 years or more in good working order. They are the modern Asian packhorse and can be seen driving around Vientiane carrying any number of passengers and types of cargo. You can also remove the roof from some styles of tuk tuk to fit in the really big stuff.
Increasing car traffic, high registration fees, and stricter regulations on where tuk tuks can drive means the number of tuk tuks and other forms of three wheeled transport in Laos is declining. They are the only form of transport for Lao people who don’t have the money to buy their own vehicle, or need to transport large items or extended family members.
Vientiane and Laos just wouldn’t feel quite right without tuk tuks. And of course they are such an iconic part of travel in Asia that no trip is complete without a ride in a tuk tuk!
Can you spot the difference between a skylab, a jumbo and a songtaeow? Check out the Tuk Tuk Safari guide to the iconic vehicles on the streets of Laos. Know your Lao tuk tuk!