So Matt Baker from BBC's 'The One Show' is off on a rickshaw ride from north to south of UK to raise money for Children in Need. Brought to mind a dodgy moral experience I had taking a human rickshaw ride in Calcutta a few decades ago. There are dubious ethics about this but at the time, on arrival at the station, these human rickshaws were the only form of taxis around and as everyone else was using them I just 'jumped on the bandwagon'. I guess it is a question like using porters in the Himalayas etc....The loads they carry seem obscene at times but equally you are providing a valuable income to an area in much need of tourism money.
Not sure if the human rickshaws are as prolific these days but there are of course much more enjoyable ways to enjoy Asia - such as the cyclo-rickshaws you can hop on during our city tours in Vietnam. Or perhaps by elephant-back through the forests of Chitwan National Park in Nepal.
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