I AGREE WITH JOHNALEX ON THE INFORMATION ABOUT MR TOM BANGKOKS FRIENDLY TAXI DRIVER.WE WERE IN THAILAND IN DEC 2012.TOMS A GOOD DRIVER KEEPS IN TOUCH YOU FEEL VERY SAFE HE WILL TAKE YOU DAY TRIPS OR TRANSFERS TO BEACH RESORTS.I HOPE TO GO AGAIN THIS YEAR AND WILL CONTACT TOM AGAIN.
Mr (Jhirakit) "TOM"
OK his English could be better, but it is very good for a Bangkok Taxi driver. Also the car is bigger than the standard Meter Taxi. In addition to airport transfers Mr Tom will do city tours and also consider longer distances such as Hua Hin, Pattaya and Ayuthaya.
UPDATE January 2013. Mr Tom now has a very nice, brand new Mini Bus to take groups of 4 or more people. This year I have used him for the usual airport transfers, a trip to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak and Mae Klong "railway market as well as a transfer to and from Pattaya.
I have used him numerous times and he has been very punctual, polite and a good driver each time.
If he is double booked he wil arange for another driver, but he will phone after you have been picked up to check all is ok with what he has arranged.
A very nice, polite and professional guy.
The warnings about being ripped off at Bangkok airport can paint an overly gloomy picture of the situation there. I have been to Bangkok many times and over 99% of my cab rides have been without any problem at all. The fare from the airport to the city should be about 300-350 THB including Expressway Tolls. I often use a driver called Mr Tom, see my Bangkok pages for details, he has a meet and greet service which costs 500THB, the extra cost being for the fact that he will meet you outside the baggage claim area and help you with your bags to the car etc. The next option up cost wise is to use one of the Airport cars, around 1100THB - just look for the AOT desk in the baggage claim area. Most hotels will also arrange a meet and greet service and this tends to be the most expensive option.
If you want something better than a meter taxi then I suggest you use the limo serice provided by the airport. No need to book on line, they have plenty of cars. Their desks are in the baggage claim area, just book your car while you wait for your bags.
Another option is to get your hotel to collect you, although this tends to be the most expensive option.
OR, you can do what I do and use Mr Tom - see my Bangkok pages for more info.
I wanted to get a more comfortable transportation for my family of 5 from the airport to my hotel upon arrival and spotted AOT Limousine counter just in front of the baggage claim area. AOT arranged a van to take us to Grand President at Sukhumvit, Soi 11 for THB1200 (one way). I also booked the van with them to ferry us back to the airport from the hotel for the same fare. You can pay using your credit card and payment for toll is included in the fare. The journey took about 45 minutes and traffic was bad as we got nearer to the city. Overall, the ride was comfortable. The van, clean and new. On the day of our return, the van was already waiting for us before our appointed time. When we reached the airport, the driver got down, found us a trolley and unloaded our luggage for us.
Mr. Taweesak, also know as Mr. T, is a good, safe, reliable driver who runs his own Volvo between Bangkok, the airport, and Pattaya.
Mr. T is a rather large man with a very gentle personality and a desire to do a good job. His prices are around the going rates and he won't take advantage of you. He will probably beat the rate of the taxi services. He is well known by the frequent travelers to Pattaya. You can also call him ahead of arrival and he will be waiting for you at the airport. I and many others, highly recommend him.
There are about 6 types of airport limousine service from suvarnabhumi to bangkok ranging from mercedes benzes to BMW's. The Limousine fare is at set rates between 600-1500 baht, depending on the type of limousine. I had a mercedes benz E class car as limousine service of which a friend of mine paid for FREE hehehe. (i wouldn't spend 1000 baht for just a limousine ride! i'd rather spend it on shopping!)
Limousine Counter is at Level 2, Baggage Claim Hall and Arrival Hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Sometimes I several important appointments during the day and I had to make sure that I'm on time for them; other times I just wanted to be able to do some work on the road; or I had important guests to take places.
I used Image Limo many times for such occasions and was never disappointed. They are always punctual and service is excellent.
Their fleet is comprised mainly with Nissan Teana - comparable to the American Lincoln Towncar. The Teana's are fully equipped with DVD player and the drivers speak good enough English to converse - overall highly recommended.
One of the best things about our trip to Bangkok was our local driver. We were lucky enough to have access to an ex-pat friend's regular driver and he was a wonderful additional source for us. If you have the option try to find a local to hire for your entire trip!
If you need a good guide to visit around Bangkkok you can hire Tong.
She is a a so cute girl with great sense of humor and excellent english.
We hired her to visit Floating Market, Tiger Temple and Kanchanaburi. Her car is really new and she has always fresh water or soda waiting for you inside the car.
you can contact her at :
Mamen, was our taxi driver for two days. We flagged her down on Sukhumvit Road to get to Little India one morning and got to talking with her. A nice lady, in her late 40s, had driven for a good number of years. We made do with her limited English and had a few laughs with sign language. When we enquired about how to get to Damnoen Saduak (for a next day trip), she mentioned that she charges 1500 Bhat for a whole day affair. We thought that was a bargain as the hotel would take more for a return trip to the floating market, and that's just a return trip!. So, she comes to pick us up at out hotel at 6.30 the next morning, took us to floating market, back to the city thereafter, then a full day trip around the city, where we had our time at the Grand Palace, the Victory Monument, she showed us the Government Offices and other palaces etc etc. We wanted to do some shopping so she brought us to Bobae Tower (a wholesale bargain centre), Pratunam, showed us the local markets.....oh she gave a tour of Bangkok from a lay person's point of view which was indeed terrific and worthwhile. For that amount, we thought it was a bargain. We reached our hotel at night. Yes the traffic was at times horrendous but this lady knows her way around and took some back lanes, she's a pro. Ask around and you might find someone reliable and trustworthy like her to whisk you around. What's good is that we tell her to pick us up at a certain point at a certain time, and she does, plus a taxi ride is always the best option for damn tired feet. Sometimes, if we are too early (having been too tired walking about shopping) we would call her on her cell phone, and she'd come not long after. Super lady...super experience. Mum loves her. We have her phone # in case anybody wants to call her. For a long day trip with her, that 1500 baht was close to nothing. We learned so much about Bangkok and Thailand, and it was even nice to get to know a local!
Metered taxis are good and comparatively cheap way to get around Bangkok.
Just make sure that the meter is on, that the driver speaks sufficient English to understand your destination and how to get there and do not hesitate. Quite often the cars are oldish and not as comfy as we know them here in Europe but they will have Air con and you won't breath the nasty fumes from the exhausts as you travel.
This, in Bangkok, is very much to say, believe me.
They will normally charge you an airport tax to take you from and to the airport but charges should be displayed inside the vehicle so you know.
We used a private driver for some of our tours rather than booking with a tour group. Since there were 5 of us our driver had a 9 passenger van that was fully decked out. He also provided cold water and soft drinks and was always trying to make us happy (which he did) and even helped guide us through the Grand Palace and answered all of our questions on Buddhism. He charged 1000 baht ($25) for trips to and from the airport, and 3,000 baht ($75) for the day. I will gladly give anyone his e-mail if needed.
A taxi driver offered to hire himself for the day, for just a few dollars, when we caught his cab for a short ride. We thought it was a scam, and we were wrong. He was outside our hotel the next day at the cue. We waved him over and hired him for that day. For $16 equivalent, he took us shopping, as we requested, to stores where he knew the businesses, took us to a local neighborhood restaurant for our lunch and to the airport. The kindest, humblest man and a courteous safe driver. If I can ever find his card, I'll post his contact info.
Mr. Lee is a wonderful driver, he was very nice, we used his service twice when in Bangkok! He picked us up directly from dream hotel to bring us to the Airport on our last day
Very safe driver!