Bamboo Train - Cambodia
|Bamboo Train, Cambodia (by Noud W.)|
Dhow - East Africa and the Middle East
|Dhow in Zanzibar (by ld_germain)|
The Dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel used throughout the Middle East and Eastern Africa. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are used for different purposes. Generally larger Dhows are used to lumber heavy goods between the Persian Gulf and East Africa, while the smaller Dhows are used for personal transportation and leisure. From Zanzibar, off of the coast of Tanzania, Dhows are a used frequently by tourists experiencing the local culture.Auto-Rickshaw - Asia & South East Asia
|Auto-Rickshaw in India (by eyesore9)|
The Auto-Rickshaw (also known as the Tuk-Tuk and numerous other names) is a mode of transportation commonly used through a range of Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia and more. Other countries throughout the world also use the Auto-Rickshaw, although much less commonly. Two major issues with the vehicles are pollution issues and top-speed issues, due to the fact they cannot keep up with other automobiles they share the road with. Despite these issues, the Auto-Rickshaw is still a major form of transportation in developing countries.
Elephant Back - South East Asia
|Elephant back riding (by JKDs)|
Elephants have been used for human pursuits for centuries in logging, zoos and circuses, safari-style hunting and medieval warfare. Elephants are still used in logging throughout the world, but are also commonly used in the tourist industry as an attraction to foreigners. They are easily found throughout South-East Asia and provide an unique and adventurous way to discover the sights and sounds of the tropical countries throughout the region.Ostrich Riding - Southern Africa
|Ostrich Riding in South Africa (by jomilo75)|
Although not an official mode of transport, it is a very uncommon and unusual ride! The first signs of humans riding Ostriches were found in a tomb in Egypt, with a statue of Arsinoe II of Egypt riding an Ostrich. Since then there have been countless other forms of Ostrich riding, which is still a common practice throughout Africa. Ostrich racing was also first popularized in the US in 1892, and races are still held annually in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
As you can see, although this is only a very small list, throughout the world people have come up with various convenient modes of transport. Please leave a comment if you know of or have experienced any other interesting forms of transport.