A kind of motorbikes are serving as Taxi , which is relatively fast and also cheap. the problem is they will drive you directly a shopping center that they are working with. Even if it is not even close to your target destination! After shopping!!! you can continue your ride.
Unique Suggestions: Simply take regular taxi. They have airconditions and secure. (Ask the price before taking a cab)
OK, we didn't get duped this time, but we fell for that one (twice) on our first trip. Some people like to take tuk-tuks. We refrained from it completely this time. You're liable to spend that hour getting driven to everywhere BUT where you want to go. Which is why we only managed to go to Wat Arun on this second trip - we were told it was closed, monk's only, by the tuk-tuk driver (a classic "white lie").
Unique Suggestions: Be firm. Insist, from the start, on where you want to go to. Point out the destination on a map, if need be (not always successful as there are many names for some streets - just like the city itself)
Fun Alternatives: If the tuk-tuk driver wants to negociate your destination, get on the skytrain, take a meter taxi or walk. There are other options!
For tuk-tuks, agree the price for any trip before you get in. The chances are the real price will be well under half of what the driver asks for in the first place. Haggle!
Tourist places attract tourist prices. Go where the locals go, for shopping, drinking etc. But please show respect at all times.
Beware the tuk-tuks. I strongly advise travelers not to succumb to the temptation of riding these interesting vehicles, if only to avoid being taken 'for a ride' by unscrupulous drivers intent on taking you to one of those tourist shopping traps en route to your destination.
Tuk-Tuk driver make it easy for you to get around but each and everyone of them have there own agenda. The best way to get what you want is to get the hotel front desk to write down were you want to go in Thai with directions for the driver and do not let the driver tell you about a better place.
Beware of going in a Tuk-Tuk. Although they are fun you are likely to be ripped off by the driver taking you to a tailors or gem factory where they are on comission.
We hired a tuk tuk one day with a very friendly and cheerful driver but when we refused to go into the tailors he had taken us to, he pushed the tuk tuk to one side, got off and left us sat there. Needless to say we just got off and walked away. He lost out though as we didn't pay him.
When you go on the Tuk Tuk always be very clear about the price, if you don't fix it first you will be paying extremely high prices. They always try to convince you to go to one of the many factories where they can get a commission. It could be a silk factory, wood carving, silverworks or a number of others. I went to a wood carving place reluctantly, but I had some time available and thought why not. Surprisingly it was extremely interesting. It is amazing the work they are able to do. I love the elephant in the right of the picture.
Tuk Tuks are a famous way of getting around Bangkok. In theory, they are very cheap but in practice the driver will almost always quote a very high price for tourists - much higher than if a local were going on the same journey and they are very, very hard to haggle down to a reasonable price. We found metered taxis to be much cheaper than Tuk Tuks (and they are air-conditioned too).
Tuktuks-those quaint little open rickshaws!Oh-they just tempt you to take a ride!!Literally!!!
Tuktuks are quite expensive,and just expose you more to the traffic and pollution.
If you're really dying to try it-just take a quick ride!:)
If you want to take a Tuk-tuk ride, make sure you've agreed on a price with the driver. These drivers tend to overcharge tourists, and it's also best to have the exact change on you, otherwise, they can claim to have no money on them and you'll be forced to pay them more than the agreed price! It's better and safer to take the taxi.
When you are leaving Gand Palace, there are many Tuk Tuks, offer to take you Wat Pho, Wat Pho is next door, easy walking distance.
Fun Alternatives: Ask a police, he will show main entrance of wat pho