Puerto Princesa – tricycles

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Puerto Princesa is a sea of motorised tricycles.  Car owners refer to them as cockroaches.  But they’re a cheap and convenient way for locals to navigate the busy streets.  Tricycle drivers follow few rules.   Amazingly, they can squeeze past each other – and pedestrians – with just millimetres to spare.

Tricycle fares often rise steeply for anyone with a foreign accent or a camera round their neck.  Fortunately our hotel staff  briefed me early.  On a couple of occasions, I had to remind drivers that an 80 peso fare is really just 15.  They took it well.

Whatever you end up paying, the ride is usually quite exciting..

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