Driving in foreign cities is rarely an enjoyable experience – with tricky to navigate winding streets, it’s sometimes best to leave the driving gloves at home and entrust your transits to the hands of those who really know the roads. The Peninsula Hotels are famous for the world-class fleets of chauffeured vehicles they provide for their guests and, with some truly unique journeys on offer, we thought we’d share our top tips for exploring the streets in the cities they call home.
Tuk Tuk travels in Bangkok
Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s sprawling metropolis with The Peninsula Bangkok’s customised three-wheel Tuk Tuk. Japan has been exporting these three wheelers to Thailand since 1934, and they’re the best way to get up close to the ornate shrines and vibrant street life of the capital. Of course, the added bonus of hitching a ride in the Peninsula’s signature green three-wheeler is that you get to enjoy a Quintessentially Thai experience in one of the shiniest and most comfortable Tuk Tuks on the road.
Soaring heights in Hong Kong
Start your trip off in ultimate style and request to be met at the airport by one of The Peninsula Hong Kong’s MD902 Explorer helicopter. As the only hotel in the city to offer helicopter services – both for airport transfers and for flight-seeing around Hong Kong – you will enjoy unique and mesmerising views of Victoria Harbour and the towering scrapers of the city skyline. Our favourite part of the experience? Landing on the rooftop twin helipads, where you’ll be welcomed by a cocktail in the hotel’s stylish 30th storey China Clipper Aviation lounge – a beautiful part of the hotel that celebrates Hong Kong’s aviation history and the era of the seaplane.
Jeepney jaunts in Manila
Originally made from WWII US military jeeps, these authentic school-bus like vehicles are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. Putting a lavish twist on this cultural icon, The Peninsula Manila is the proud owner of its own bespoke Peninsula Green Jeepney. Fitted with plush leather upholstering for the knee-to-knee seating that gives the vehicle its name, in this you can enjoy the authentic Filipino experience with signature Peninsula comfort thrown in.
Rolls-Royce revelling in Tokyo
The true vintage ride, watch the envious stares of Tokyo’s pedestrians as you take to the streets in an immaculately restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Painted the signature Peninsula Green and customised with refrigerators and iPod connections, explore the city in ultimate comfort. Fancy something a little more discreet? The hotel houses a stunning fleet of luxury vehicles that includes two Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantoms, two BMW 740Li, two MINI Cooper S Clubmans and a Tesla Model S – the first all-electric car to be offered by any hotel in Japan.
Pastoral parcel deliveries in Paris
Whilst the beautiful Citroen 2CV fourgonnette is for collecting your bespoke requests rather than chauffeuring you directly, we couldn’t resist a mention of this little van of the fifties which holds such a valuable position in The Peninsula Paris’s Green car fleet. Watch from your bedroom window in delight as your goods are delivered by the vehicle which epitomises rustic French charm.