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Bagan Three-Wheeler Taxi Service Different but Enjoyable

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With a special safety feature to fulfill travellers’ needs and wants such as a safe and comfortable ride, a Grab taxi service has been launched in Bagan, a major attraction for Myanmar’s tourism.

“The service is to pay costs to drivers and service users under an ASEAN system of travel insurance if an accident occurs and do them any harm while using the Grab taxi services there,” said a senior executive with the Grab Myanmar.

The service has so far deployed about 30 three-wheeler taxies – known as ThoneBane – in the cultural heritage city.

“We’ve introduced the service, based on our thorough assessment to live up to travellers’ expectations for transport.

The taxies are available to serve on demand at reasonable charges as well as upon a traveller’s time,” said Alvin Loh, acting country manager of the Grab Myanmar.

The executive’s comments came at the launching ceremony of the service, which was held in Yangon on November 29, two weeks after a test run in Bagan.

He said the service made about 150 journeys during the trial.

Unlike the Grab’s services in other cities that need Grab app, there are four service plans to hire a three-wheeled motorcar available just by a phone call to the service’s call centre at (+959) 750 10 8734 or (+959) 750 10 8735.

It is K10,000 for a two-hour service; K15,000 for four hours; and K25,000 for an eight-hour drive, a three-wheeler. A one-time journey to and/or from the airport, or the bus terminal, or a jetty, the charge is just K5,000.  A requirement for the service by a taxi is set to commute two travellers with two pieces of luggage.
This is the latest expansion of Grab Myanmar in the country, preceded by the taxi services in Yangon and Mandalay. As for three-wheeler services, the Bagan service is the second.

“The Bagan service is different but relatively enjoyable for travellevers to go sight-seeing and explore around, compared to using bikes arranged by themselves,” said Ko Aung Myint Myat, a partner driver with the Grab Myanmar since the test run.

He added that the drivers could share with service users many pieces of reliable information about visiting Bagan.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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