Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh): Known as the rickshaw capital of the world, these three wheels cycles are everywhere in Dhaka. Half a million rickshaws ply the roads everyday day and are the main mode of transport. Rickshaws are usually beautifully decorated pieces of artwork, low-cost and non-polluting cycle but nevertheless the source of huge traffic congestion and, consequently, have been banned on a number of city streets. Meet rider Amir, at 80 years old a former freedom fighter for Bangladesh’s independence, who is fighting to break the chain of poverty.
Malacca: “Beca” is the Malay word for trishaw (a tricycle with a side seat for two). It is extremely popular with tourists as reminiscent of the days gone by and a novel way to explore Malacca, one of Malaysia’s most attractive cities. The trishaws here are works of art adorned with bells and baubles, chrome-framed pictures of footballers such as David Beckham or film-stars like Bruce Lee. Loud mouthed 56-year-old rider Ah Siang has been on the job for half his life. He tries to run a special tour for his guests and put a lot of heart into the decoration of his trishaw.