5 Unique Pinoy Modes of Transportation that You Need to Experience

Only in the Philippines!

Cars, trains, buses, and planes aren’t the only way to get around. For first-time visitors, the Philippines has its share of unique modes of transportation. Here are just a few of the iconic vehicles and rides you’ll inevitably come across as you travel and explore the beauty of the country.

Jeepney

Originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II, jeepneys or jeeps have become a symbol of Pinoy art and culture. These days, they’re the most popular public utility vehicle, dubbed the “kings of the road.” They’re well-known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, usually with colorful airbrush paintings decorating the exteriors.

Where to try it: Jeepneys are used everywhere in the Philippines, both in the city and in rural areas. In some areas like Sagada and the Cordillera region where trips aren’t that regular, passengers opt to ride on the roof of a jeep when there are no more seats inside just so they can get to their destination. The practice of “top loading” has now become popular with tourists just for the thrill of it. If you’re in Manila, Jeepney Tours offer daily city tours aboard an air-conditioned jeepney with videoke inside!

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Kara Santos

Kara Santos

Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.