In the 1983 movie Octopussy, a bajaj in its native India was James Bond’s unlikely escape vehicle, making a series of spectacular high-speed manoeuvres during a thrilling chase. The only thing missing was the haggling over the fare at the start of the chase – which would have given Bond’s pursuer a perfect opportunity to shoot him in the back. When Jakarta banned quiet pedicabs in the 1970s, they were replaced by noisy fleets of rattling, three-wheeled, smoke-belching orange bajaj. Most of the older models have been phased out by quieter, gas-driven blue bajaj but don’t expect much comfort. Also, you’ll be restricted to backstreets and jalan tikus ( literally rat roads or side streets and small alleyways). Typical fare: Triple that of an appbased ride.