Tuks Tuks are a simple way of transportation around bangkok considering the traffic jams that occur quite frequently in bangkok.
However, do take note that some of the tuks tuks driver will make a detour to some jewellery/gem shops along the way so that they can earn a voucher for free gas.
Unique Suggestions: If you feel that it's ok to make a detour just so that driver can have the free voucher, just go into the shop, walk around and exit. Do not let them persuade you into buying anything.
And always ensure you agreed on the cost before getting on the tuk tuk.
Fun Alternatives: The BTS goes through major tourist attractions so you can always take the BTS instead
We knew not to but we did it anyway and got scammed, we haggled a price to the sky train station and told the driver straight there please and after a while noticed we were going the wrong way and we ended up at a fake tourist shop in the middle of chinatown in the back streets, the driver would not carry on till we went in the shop so he could get fuel vouchers, we walked away and around the corner we got a metred taxi thank goodness.
Unique Suggestions: Always carry a map and use a metred taxi but remember to ask them to turn the metre on. Do try a tuk tuk though it is an experience but don't get suckered into going into gem stores or fake tourist offices.
Fun Alternatives: Always use a metred taxi, we never paid more than 80 baht to go where we needed to go and they are air conditioned.
These are a have to have 1 ride thing, but beware they are a trap.
They will tell you many things to get you to tailors, shops where they receive commission.
Unique Suggestions: Negoiate a price before the ride, and insist, straight there and straight back, no where else.
Some Tuk Tuk drivers are genuinely helpful, fairminded people. They are the exceptions to the rule, and the rule is that most Tuk Tuk drivers are out to get you. Tuk Tuks are not just a disproportionately expensive form of transport, they are a means of conveying you (often against your will) to a whole range of rip-off suppliers, including massively-overpriced seafood restaurants, fake jewellry shops and massage parlours. By all means take a short Tuk Tuk ride, just for the experience, and agree the price before the wheels start to move. But be warned, Tuk Tuks are always more expensive than regular Taxis and they are out to take you for a ride, one way or another!
Unique Suggestions: Everyone likes to try something new and Tuk Tuks can be fun. But never even get into a Tuk Tuk without first fixing a price that is acceptable to you. And be sure that the driver knows that you know precisely where you want to go.
Secondly, be advised that many of the drivers are on amphetamines, it's the only way that some of them can keep going, work long hours and support their families. Look into the eyes of the driver and you will know if he's high or not.
Fun Alternatives: Unlike Tuk Tuks, taxis have metres. Sure, even with a metred taxi you can still be taken for a ride. But usually they are pretty good and take you the most direct route to where you want to go. And knowing where you want to go is the key. Be sure to refer to your map, or get your hotel to write in Thai language where you are going.
Becareful if someone offers you a cheap tuk-tuk ride. There is definitely something behind it. I was offered a tuk-tuk ride for only 20 baht that will bring me to 2-3 temples in the town. This was introduced by a 'lecturer from a nearby university' who approached me at the entrance of the Grand Palace. Well, the ride is not expensive at all and it's a good experience to sit in a tuk-tuk and you'll still get to visit the promised attractions. But in between he'll bring you to gem shops after gem shops. In fact be prepared to visit more than 5 of those darn shops. I stopped after the second, paid the 20baht and left. It was worth it anyway since I have visited one of the temples. According to the tuk-tuk driver, if he brings me to a certain nos of shops he gets free fuel voucher for his tuk-tuk!
Unique Suggestions: If you want a really cheap ride that covers a few destinations you want to visit (and if you have plenty of time and patience) then this is not too bad an offer. Don't worry to stop in between if you think you have enough. The tuk-tuk drivers are quite friendly and they mean no harm. They'll even help you to flag down a taxi for your next destination!
Fun Alternatives: Tuk-tuks and taxis are not that expensive and are plentiful. Just take a point-to-point ride and ignore such 'tour offers'.
We were warned, but had to experience it for ourselves anyway. You have to have a tuk-tuk trip when you're in Thailand - hair-raising driving in heavy pollution. We gave in and agreed to a driver taking us to see the three main temples - he waited outside for us at each one and we just hopped back on again - which was great. The downside was that we had to go and pay an obligatory visit to the tailor...
If your offered a tuk-tuk for under 20Baht to anywhere in the city its usually a scam. You'll end up at some silk or diamond shop, placed under pressure to buy something.
Normal fares are around 50-70B for Tuk-Tuks, don't be too GREEDY!!! remember its only pennies for us!
Unique Suggestions: Agree a price higher
or say to the tuk-tuk driver
Fun Alternatives: wave down a tuk tuk
We all understand everybody's just trying to make a living. But at our expense? Big no. These tuk tuk drivers are everywhere in the city, esp tourist areas. They will approach u and offer u a 10baht ride but usually yr destination will be interrupted with a short trip to somewhere else that has 'tie-ups' wif these drivers, who gets commission for bringing tourists to their shops. Another ruse is that they parked themselves outside some eating places and tell u its closed and offer to take u to another place that sells even better food at cheaper prices. Now if u hop on, good luck to u (your wallet).
Unique Suggestions: Tuk Tuks are fast, and they cut corners to get u there in double quick time. But its a bit dangerous though, looking at the way they weave in and out of traffic. Its a hairblowing smoke-inhaling experience and a unique form of transportation not found elsewhere. One good option if ur in a hurry although not necessary the fastest when there is a jam. It's very cheap if u meet an honest driver.
Fun Alternatives: Take a taxi anytime. They worked for me all the time. Price is almost similar. Bangkok is famous for traffic jams, among other things...so a little patience is always needed.
I was also approached by a tuk-tuk driver just like one of my fellow VT. He offered me 40THB to go to a gem factory somewhere in the heart of the city. The driver said that the Grand Palace is closed for the day due to Buddha Day! Fortunately, I read the comment by the VT member about this so, I told the driver, "No, thank you."
did anybody know that if you actually talk to the tuk tuk drivers about this they will actually cut you into this scam for fifty percent plus you get to travel around with a personal guide for free around bangkok> open your minds please tourists
1. Tuk Tuk driver quotes some ridiculous price
2. Agrees reluctuntaly to a more reasonable fare...
3.`Ah- today the Grand Palce and Wat Arun are closed- theres a ceremony that the King will attend'
4-Sujjestion- `let me take u to an alternate place- a gem store, sitting buddha, sleeping buddha, marble buddha, old buddha, young buddah'........... ooof
5- Me - `No way - just take me to those places i asked for. After much debate- he says this to me frankly- `come with me to the gem store, they give me 5 litres of fuel for every customer i bring' i didnt have to buy anything he also added...
6- First instinct- no!! Then perhaps it was curiousity, or just the frank talk, or maybe some kind of a journalist curiousity- i said ok.
7- Job done- he is waiting outside- smiling.
8- At the Palace, theres another man waiting to pounce and tell me the very same stuff, Palace closed etc- go here instead- i walk on
9- Soon, another guy - same thing.
10- I decide to take a Tuk Tuk to the ferry terminal to try and get a ride, plus Wat Arun is on the other side.
11- Ride complete- anothet man finds me- same dialogues. I take a Tuk Tuk again- to the Palace.
12- Before i know it- Tuk tuk driver is taking me someplace else- `sitting buddha' he says- then u will be back in time for palace opening- takes me some place- nothing there!! I ask him qeustions- his english speaking abilities have suddenly diminished- i threaten- he drops me to some place...
13- Reach the Palace- its open- had been open all day... 3 hours wasted- doing pretty much nothing!
14- People tell me thats a common thing- a well known scam to Bangkok people... hmmm
I don't think Thais people understand Western principle of "personal space". Vendors think nothing of gently touching you and tuk tuk drivers will try to gently guide you into their tuk tuk. No man-handling, but akward since in America it's a no no to touch anyone without permission or unless you know each other well.
Many tuk tuk drivers will say they will give you a tour of the city for 10 baht. Don't believe them. I found them more pushy than anyone and I avoided them at all cost and took cabs or BTS skytrain.
beware of drivers side tracking your destination to visit his/her mates at shops on the way, so you are pressured into buying from their stores. If you are offered such a low rate for a ride it is likely you will be taken to one of these places.
Unique Suggestions: pay for the fare and get out, get another taxi or tuk tuk. there are plenty in Bangkok.
Fun Alternatives: take a taxi or use the metro in bangkok..metro takes coins as far as i remember on auto ticketing
The tuktuk men outside of our hotel offered us a tuktuk ride to MBK for only 30 baht. So, seeing that it was cheaper than what the hotel quoted for a ride, we climbed aboard. What we didn't know was that he was going to take us to a horrid little gem shop were all the attendants follow you like dogs! we hated it all and we also got really annoyed.
Unique Suggestions: if you're inside the store just pretend to browse and then after about 2 mins get out. SOme of those nondescript stores sell FAKE jewelry so it's better if you buy gems at your home country, where you are more familiar, or at the many respectable malls in bangkok. (though they are much more expensive, at least you're guaranteed that they're genuine)
Fun Alternatives: after enduring the scam by the tuktuk men just go to ocean world, located at the siam paragon mall ;) you can swim with sharks (black tip sharks, nurse sharks etc.) Also it's said to be the largest aquarium in SEA
I already know how to avoid this incident. However, this tuktuk driver name Charlie, just drove me directly to a non famous jewelry store. I already said no, and still insist me to go inside so he could get a free fuel slips. I have no idea whats gonna happen next. I then go inside to check but said to my self that im not gonna buy anything. People in the jewelry shop insist me , forcing me to buy even in US Dollars or via credit card.
Unique Suggestions: To make a long story short, IF YOUR NOT INTO JEWELRIES and GEMS, dont go to these places. If the Tuktuk driver still insist, leave the tuktuk driver and get another one or grab a cab.
They may be friendly outside but deep inside, the'yre just trying to get money from me in a different way.
Its not bad to show that you dont have to follow their orders. You pay for their service, you dont pay for what they want you to do.!!!
Fun Alternatives: Grab a map, take a walk and use the mrt or public bus.
If its impossible to walk, use a cab and insist them to use the meter. If they dont, at least bargain for the right price before you hop on to the cab.