Two English girls – Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (Ants) and Jo Huxster – decided to make the biggest trip ever undertaken on three wheels, driving a bright pink Tuk Tuk from Bangkok (Thailand) to Brighton (England).

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On the 28th of May 2006 they set-off from the British Embassy in Bangkok on their epic 12.500 mile / 20.000km drive in a pink Tuk Tuk called Ting Tong, with the goal of raising £50.000 for mental health charity Mind. The money raising part of their project, for this particular charity, is very important for them as both have closely witnessed what kind of damage mental problems can do to a person: Jo suffered from severe depression in her adolescence herself, having spent having spent over two years in psychiatric hospitals. And Ants had a close friend committing suicide due to mental problems not long ago. They decide they want to do something and, after Jo traveled to Thailand she came back with the idea to drive a Tuk Tuk back to England from Bangkok – TukTuk capital of the world.

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In 98 days they covered 12,783 miles, two continents and 12 countries in their overly bright and pink attention-magnet Ting Tong the Tuk-Tuk.
One earthquake, several landslides and the odd snapped accelerator cable later they reach Brighton setting the Guinness World Record for the Longest Ever Journey by Auto-Rickshaw and raising £50,000 for the Mind charity.

Route map TukTuk to the Road

Their kickass trip is covered in the book: Tuk Tuk to the Road: 2 Girls, 3 Wheels, 12.500 Miles which you can get through Amazon here.

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Rather amusingly (according to themselves) they were awarded Cosmopolitan magazine’s 2006 ‘Fun, Fearless, Female’ Award on their return.
We would like to firmly put them in our Kickass Girl-power Gallery.

Well done girls!

P.s. if you like to see more pinkness check out the motorbike trip across Vietnam on an (amphibious) Pink Motorbike here.

Sources: theintinerant.co.uk, BBC news, Gapyear.com, Tuk Tuk to the Road Blog