Apart from tasting local cuisines, meeting with local people, and immersing into local culture, we believe that local transportation provides an authentic way for travelers to move around like the locals do. But in the real world, local transportation have been increasingly disconnected with travelers and commuters. Take Thailand’s iconic Tuk Tuk for instance, many visitors would love to try the the 3 wheel ride, but a growing precaution about Tuk Tuk scams and unsafe drive have put world travelers away from Tuk Tuk. As a result, Tuk Tuk have become less and less popular, and the drivers were left with no choice but to go into another scam to raise their income – a vicious cycle as we call.
SMILING TUK TUK™ is here to solve such problem. We are a social enterprise aiming to reconnect travelers with safe and reliable Tuk Tuk and other local transports. Through our unique tours and services, travelers will experience authenticity and charms of Thailand through local eyes, and local transport drivers will benefit from new source of income – via travels.
We work closely with local transport drivers to improve their ability. We train them to communicate well, including the improvement of their English skills. We train them about different cultures and values and how to get engage with world travelers. We cooperate with them on the safety standards. We develop innovative travel packages focusing on unique local experiences and local rides are only mode of transportation on our tours and activities. While many of our tours incorporate major sites as to serve what world travelers are looking for, we also incorporate local activities not otherwise include in most mainstream travel products.
Apart from our financial goals to develop a sustainable business, we are very serious about our social goals, including the followings.
Smiling Tuk Tuk is social venture, and is a part of Navatas Hospitality Co.,Ltd. Navatas is bounded and licensed travel operator in Thailand. We are one of the leaders in local tourism in Thailand. Our sister brands include Bangkok Food Tour, the first and most-awarded food tour operators in Thailand. Navatas is an experience-based, innovative travel company providing innovative solutions and innovative travel products with its goal to improve the quality and reputation of Thai tourism industry as a whole.
Smiling Tuk Tuk is a social venture and we are here to solve big social problems. Therefore, responsible tourism is key to our success and sustainability. Our tours and activities are designed to minimize environmental impact and sustain local economy. The followings are some practices we are committed ourselves to.