Experience the coastal town of Pekalongan on a breezy becak ride!
Becak is a carriage with three wheels, where a man sits on the back to pedal it forward. Today, this traditional mode of transport can only be found in a few small towns across Indonesia. Back in the 1930s, Becak was mostly used by Chinese traders to carry and transport goods. The name Becak came from a Hokkien dialect ‘be chia’, which means a horse carriage.
Here’s a little secret we’d like to share with you: the best tour guide in Pekalongan could be a becak driver.
In a small town like Pekalongan, becak driver is a local guide who knows about the town’s well-hidden culinary scene. They know where the locals shop for the best batik. Or when is the best time to visit certain tourist attractions. Plus, they know the best routes to fit all these experience into your schedule!
Today, becak--that has become a rarity in other big cities--could be one of the last environmentally-friendly means of transportation in Indonesia.
THE SIDJI has helped some Pekalongan becak drivers to pimp their ride, and recently, together with them, we designed #YOKNAIKBECAK: an experience for our guests to explore the coastal town of Pekalongan on a breezy becak ride.