I HAVE ALWAYS OVERHEAR PPL BARGAINING WITH THE TUTU driver and they looks very PLEASE when they settle with A price like 120 baht per person!!!????
for tutu .... they charge for onlY 10 to 20 baht for short trip (example big c to world trade centre) and 20 to 30 baht per person for a longer trip.
but definatly u have to visit some of the jewellary shops along the way or temples. BUT DO REMEMBER DO NOT BUY ANY OF THEM AS THEY ARE ALL FAKE.. juz go in and look see look see for a 5 min in that way the tutu driver can redeem petro coupon . it quite interesting to visit the temple too . (STILL REMEMBER DON BELIEVE THE PPL IN THE TEMPLE WHO TOKS TO U ABT JEWELLERY ) they might seem real with proof card or whatever ..
Fun Alternatives: TAKE BTS ITS THE SAFEST.
Many tourists mentioned about the tuk-tuk driver and how they cheat you. Yes they did try to cheat, but not only tuk-tuk drivers, they are many of them, and there exist in many countries all around the world as you can imagine. What i feel to be fair to them is, they are really so poor, and they are making life on it. On my trip I actually made a few trips with tuk-tuk, and all were the pleasant one. There was a driver while bargaining the fare, he politely told me whether I can help him by allowing him to bring me to stopover at a store before to my destination, as that way can help him to claim a free meal or petrol and I need not buy anything. I really want to help the poor guy but I was in a tight schedule so i had to reject the offer. In fact, they know it is getting hard to cheat the tourist, as we are getting smarter, and there are too many tuk-tuk around. They realised if they don't take the business, we can easily get another in the fare we request. I think it just the way how you will to deal with them and everything will be fine.
Unique Suggestions: You must always bargain with the tuk-tuk driver. If their offer is too cheap, you can just ask directly whether they are going to make some stops, and I believe they will just be honest to you. If the fare seems a bit high, I always cut down to the half at the beginning, and slightly increase at the end of the bargaining. This way always work, at least for myself. Riding on the tuk-tuk is too fun that you really won't want to miss it.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative way? Don't take the tuk-tuk if you really so scare. But since you are already have the courage to leave your home, what so scare to only BARGAIN?
After getting a Tuk Tuk to a particular destination, you may be asked to stop in and look at suits or jewelry for the driver. They usually say that they get gas coupons if you just go in and look at suits at certain shops in Bangkok.
Unique Suggestions: My brother and I were involved in this scam a couple of times while in Bangkok. After trying to get out of looking at suits, we ended up trying to spend 10 minutes (that is what the driver said was the minimum time before he would get a gas coupon) I got kicked out of the store after about 3. My brother somehow managed to stay in there for the full time, however I never did see a gas coupon given to the driver.
Even as my brother was still in the siut shop, the driver was wanting me to go see some gems, because he happened to notice my rings.
Fun Alternatives: The best suggestion that I can give would be tell the Tuk Tuk drivers that are offering a "cheaper" than normal ride, that you don't want to see any suits, or gold/gem shops. If you tell them this right away it may help to avoid getting caught up in this particular scam.
Beware of tuk-tuk drivers that while negotiating the service charge for a trip, they’ll ask for a ridiculously low price and offer that before they drive you to your chosen destination, they’ll stop you at a particular shop. Usually they mention one of these – tailors, jewelleries, Thai massage and holiday agents. If you’re not interested in any – be straight to the point and decline immediately. I NEARLY GOT INTO TROUBLE JUST TO GET AWAY WITH FEW BHATS CHEAPER. Once I flagged a driver from Chinatown to drive us to downtown. As it was late he suggested me to stop at a ‘ Government Travel Agency’ to plan me a trip to Chang Mai or Kancanuburi. I told him that everything was planned from my local tour leader but he insisted that I play the part as if interested. To cut an extremely long story short we went into this agency and acted as we were interested and after two coffees and a desk full of broucheres we walked out on him. He certainly wasn’t pleased. Later I found out that the tuk tuk drivers get free petrol, lunch and a drink as a commission for every client they present.
Fun Alternatives: Most of them will understand if you decline the offer, but if they keep on insisting, tell them that you’ll report them to the police as they’re aware that they’re breaching their Law. Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand at 694-1222 ext. 1090-1094 or after hours call 1155 for the Tourist Police.
You never know where it ends, the drivers will take You to their "sisters or Uncels" shops because if You go inside they will recieve a petrol ticket and then it goes on to next shop and next and soon You will loose an afternoon.
Hold on Your things during the ride - I lost my cellphone on the second day in Bangkok.
Unique Suggestions: A Tuk-tuk should not cost more than 50 THB, always ask for the price before You go!
Avoid Tuks that only wants 10 THB!
Fun Alternatives: Avoid the Tuk-tuks and go for a cab instead, it is twice as expensive (max 100 THB) but go for taxi-meters and insist on that the driver should put it on
This is a common "ruse" used by the cab/tuk tuk drivers. After you hop on their vehicle, they will claim that they need to make a detour to some place so that they can claim free petrol vouchers even if we just wander around the merchant's store. They might then suggest an alternative to where you had wanted to go. For example, we wanted to go to Chatuchak Market but he suggested somewhere else i coudln't recall the name.
Unique Suggestions: Luckily, we had read up that the drivers would do such a thing so we told him we were in a rush (which we really were) and couldn't spare the time.
Surprisingly, the driver suggested he let us off at the next BTS station so that we could take a traffic-free train ride to Chatuchak, which we did. Seeing that he wasn't so hard up on the lost business, we then gave him the hop on fare of 35 baht, though he seemed surprised that we did so.
Fun Alternatives: Hence, our reason of being in a hurry seemed like a good excuse to use. If one really encounters such drivers, take the train!
Beware of some of the tuk tuk drivers. On the pretext of taking you to some of the places that you want to visit or suggest that they take you on a sightseeing tours, they will take you to some gemshops etc. where you might probably get scammed.
Also, try to avoid taking the motorcycle taxis - they are pretty reckless drivers weaving in and out of traffic. No point putting your life at risk. Always take the BTS or Subway to avoid getting into a traffic jam rather than depending on the motorcycle taxis.
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.
I was warned by another traveller to not trust anyone in Bangkok. Fortunately, I've met some very friendly folks.
However, one guy on the street gave me tons of advise on how all types of event were free (like Thai Boxing, Thai dancing) at a fair, and how the "government took tooks" are only $0.25/hour today, and amazingly one pulled up right then.
It was obviously a setup, and when I told them no thanks, the driver even called me stupid. So I called him a liar, and said I'd find a cop if he didn't get lost. No big deal, but beware of these guys. I also heard they'll tell you something like the National Palace is closed.
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.
Tuk-Tuks, the small three wheeled taxis are all over Bangkok, but there is a relationship where the number of tourists in an area are directly proportional to the number and the aggressiveness of the tuk-tuk drivers there.
Just yesterday I was touring around Bangkok and was shocked at just how agressive the drivers were. One driver struck up a converstation in very good English and eventually told me that the place I was going was closed in the morning (it wasn't) and I should go to another site now that was closed in the afternoon (it wasn't). Of coruse the only way to see everything, he suggested, was in his tuk-tuk. All of this was done with a smile on his face and in a very friendly helpful manner.
Unique Suggestions: Riding in a tuk-tuk is not a HORRIBLE experience; even the locals do it. But I guarantee that the price you are charged is at least double or triple what the locals pay.
So, if you must ride in one, negotiate and bargain very hard. Don't worry about ripping off the tuk-tuk driver; he will never let that happen. So, go low low low.
Fun Alternatives: Bangkok has excellent public transportation: buses, canal boats, and the skytrain. Mingle with the locals for a truely Thai experience.
When in Bangkok I would suggest using cabs or the Skytrain as your primary mode of transport. Tuk tuks often offer you rides to any destination for a fee of ~10baht or even for free, but require that you first pay a visit to their 'sponsor', usually a gem store. You can then take a Free shuttle bus ride to any major tourist destination from the gem store after you've walked one round inside. The tuktuk drivers actually get free diesel from the gem store for dropping you off there. Who knows, they might actually be making more money out of selling their fuel?
Never, and I mean 'NEVER', take a tuk-tuk unless it is prepaid as part of a large tour outside of Bangkok. They will either try to charge you several times the amount a taxi will, or will bring you random places to try to make a profit off of you. They make commisions by dropping you off a 'gem' or 'jewelry' places and they will insist that they are showing you a special place. Don't fall for it!
Unique Suggestions: If you have no other option, insist on your price. If they say the trip will be 500 bahts or will not take you directly, jump out and talk to the next guy.
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.
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