December 29, 2008

Luxury jeep

Metro Manila's king of the road, the jeepney, is open and sits about 14 people—two in front beside the driver and six on each side at the back. I saw this large, colorful jeep parked near Harbour Square one night and wondered about it. I knew that WOW Philippines is the flagship project of our Department of Tourism and it took a little web search to find out what this was. Basically, it's an air-conditioned jeepney—with more comfortable seats, I assume—specially made for tours of Metro Manila. There are several tour packages available, one of which brings you to the nearby province of Pampanga, but you can also buy a hop-on-hop-off ticket from hotel kiosks or from the tour facilitator inside the jeep. Jeepney Tours has a website which lists and describes all the stops and packages available. Though most of the hop-on-hop-off stops are in the cities of Makati and Manila only, one of these days I'll just hop on one of these jeeps and be a tourist for a day in my own metro.

luxury jeepney of Jeepney Tours Manila

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20 comments:

melanie said...

Bonjour Hilda. Je n'étais pas chez moi ces jours derniers, je ne vois donc tes images qu'avec retard ! J'ai toujours beaucoup de plaisir et je t'en remercie.

NYD said...

I would find it difficult to do the tourist thing in my home town, but if the buses looked like that then I'd hop on in a New York Minute!

hadv said...

Hm..I've never seen these kinds of jeepneys before. But sure looks pretty..

Tamera said...

Wow, the jeepney sure has evolved!

RuneE said...

You are right - the whole jeepney looked a bit out. Sort of out of the way for us northerners.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have always been fascinated by the conversions made in jeeps and other vehicles in your country. This is a real eye popper. Nice shot too.

George said...

That's the fanciest jeepney I've ever seen. I encourage you to be a tourist in your own city -- I often missed sites in places I lived until I took visitors around.

Lois said...

This looks like it would be fun to tour the city in. Very colorful!

Marc said...

A tourist in your own town, just for a day. Look forward to your report on it.

marley said...

Taking a tour in one of these would be cool! You should do it :)

I liked your firework photo. Very good. It sounds like you had an experience like me - only a couple of decent shots! Lol!

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

Fun!I think school buses should be decorated like this.

lunarossa said...

I want one of those!!! I wouldn't be able to drive it but it would so cool to have one on my drive just to upset the neighbours!!! Jokes aside, I'm sure it is a big hit especially with children. Ciao. Antonella

babooshka said...

I keep thinking the Scooby Doo gang are going to jump out of the back.

the donG said...

wow! kakatuwa naman yan. ang jeep na yan ay talagang sumisikat dahil dito lang ganyan ka ganda ang mga jeep.

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

Great shot, Hilda.
Merry Chritsmas to you and have a good new year's eve

Jana said...

How fun! Being a tourist in your own city might be a fun thing one time. Maybe you will notice something you haven't before.

Eki Akhwan said...

I find it not as "classy" as the ordinary jeepney. But I guess it's more comfortable with the airconditioning.

PAK said...

In polish magazine "Automobilista" (no 105, December 2009) is presented article "Taxi!" about the most important/interesting taxi-cars in the world. They have also photo of Jeepney, and a short story about them.

Afyonkarahisar said...

New year'S to you happiness, and quiet and the welfare will bring.

Joe Narvaez said...

Hanep! Gusto ko rin sumakay dyan hehe.