The 1st time I took a Taxi to the Airport from my Hotel near Phra Arthit wharf, I was told a set fare of 400tb.
The second time, I asked for the Meter to run. I was travelling from MBK. What I didn't realize until too late, was that he wouldn't use the expressway, took the side roads and we were in bad traffic jams. The Expressway was often alongside, and I could see the traffic zooming along while we were at a standstill. Through this, I only just made it in time for my flight.
If you are going to use the meter, THEN CHECK FIRST IF THEY ARE GOING BY EXPRESSWAY OR BACKROADS, it makes a lot of difference to the time it takes to get there.
We did have some problems with tuk-tuks and taxi's in Bkk. On our first 2 visits we didn't use them a lot, but in 2005 we encountered several problems.
The biggest problem was that they didn't want to put the meter on. We stayed several times in Twin Towers hotel, each time for 1 night when stopping over. The hotel was very close to the Hualamphong trainstation, but we took a taxi several times to avoid the hassle of dragging our luggage over the streets. Each time they tried to rip us of by asking a fare between 300 and 500 THB, where the meter-fare was only 50 THB. I don't mind paying a bit extra or giving a tip, but they don't have to exaggerate.
At one time we called a taxi through the hotel to take us to the international airport (was still Don Muang airport at that time). The guy at the hotel told him to put the meter on, but when he drove away he refused to do so. Only after we were ready to get out of the car he agreed to put it on. Then he first took us to the domestic terminal (which was furher away) instead of the international, so the meter was higher than it normally had to be.
Also be careful when you take a taxi and pay extra for the toll at the expressway. There are several points in the city to enter the expressway: depending on where you enter you pay a fare to use it. Very often the taxidrivers charge you the highest rate, but they only enter at a point further down the expressway, so where they don't have to pay the complete fare they've charged you.
In Bangkok meter taxis are plentiful and available 24 hours a day. Sometimes you need to be sure that the driver will use the meter, if they do not want to then do not use them - just wave down the next one. Late at night, especially from the night life areas such as Patpong the cabs lined up waiting for you will refuse to use meters and try and charge you 3 or 4 times the fare as a fixed price. The best option here is to walk away from the lines of cabs and flag down a passing one. It is always useful to have the address of your hotel or destination written in Thai to show the drivers. Hotels usually provide cards for this purpose.
The normal way of taking a cab is 4 passengers. But on our last day in bangkok, the 6 of us were really short of money, and we weren't keen to walk miles. So what we did was squeeze into 1 cab. Yes, 6 passengers in 1 cab. We did felt bad for the cabbie and gave him a tip as well. Still, it worked out to be cheaper than taking 2 cabs. And since we 3 girls were petite, it was not that uncomfortable for a short 5min ride. I still can't believe we could all take one cab. That would never happen in my country.
The easiest and fastest way is by taxi. As you exit the airport you will see taxi stands just before you hit the road. Grab ticket, attendants will approach you usually, and wait for your taxi. It's about 500 baht or less from airport to downtown Sukhumvit Rd. You will have to pay for the toll road, minimal. Yeah it's more than taking the bus or MRT but so much faster and convenient, not to mention the taxi will take you right to your hotel. Bus or MRT you'll end up taking a taxi anyway once you get into town, and you'll have to drag your luggage around.
When going to Safari World, the advantage of having a private ride versus their park bus is you can tell the driver to stop for photos whenever and for how long you like when going around the safari or open zoo area.
I booked the hotel transport service which was 1,500 baht for round trip. The driver drove us around the safari and waited the whole day while we watched the various shows (dolphin, stunt, elephant, orangutang, spy war). I later asked a metered taxi, and he quoted 800 baht for the exact same service.
In Bangkok, there are tons and tons of taxis! Usually, taking a taxi from your hotel is fairly easy and cab drivers tend to always use their meter. But....once you're out and about, grabbing a taxi could cost you a lot of money. After you tell them your destination, they will blurt out a price to let you know what it costs to take you there. I guarentee that this is much more than what it would cost if they just use their meter to take you to the same destination. And if you asked them to use their meter instead, they usually refuse. Just wait for another taxi who will use their meter. One will come along, like I said there are tons of taxis. In any case, using a taxi is fairly inexpensive. Using the metro is even cheaper but the metro only makes certain stops.
Easiest way is to take a taxi! No, not being sarcastic but that is the easiest way.
Take Rachaprarop rd to Ratchadamri rd, same road to Silom Rd, you should see the Dusit Thani Hotel on the corner of that intersection. Down Silon Rd until it ends, take a right past the Shangri La hotel, the Oriental Hotel and another block or two to the Royal Orchid Hotel. Royal Orchid sit right at the end of Si Phraya rd.
In traffic it should take you about 20-30 minutes, maybe a bit more if traffic is bad.
God luck, hope that helped.
Getting around in Bangkok city, BTS is the best transportation for tourists who do not know Thai language or the way to your destinations.
Though travelling by taxis is sometimes cheaper then taking the BTS, just the jam is enough to take you stuck for at least 20 mins!
I was staying in Holiday Inn Bangkok, Ploenchit, just infront of Intercontinental Hotel. Or should say right next to Chitlom BTS station. But those taxi drivers don't seems to know where I'm going after explain in detail to them. There was one driver drive me to Silom Holiday Inn after I kept telling him 'Chitlom' NOT 'Silom'. I asked him to put us down immediately and will not pay him a cent. (As we took the taxi from Pratunam (just 10-15mins walk from our hotel) back to our hotel, but he took us a big round to Silom)!! From there, we took another taxi whose driver is more honest to bring us back, and paid 60 baht! I told the hotel staff and she said some drivers pretend and act blurr, and said I had done the right thing by not paying him :)
1. The basic rule in Bangkok is that there are fake everything and buyers beware.
2. Never ever trust your taxi driver to bring you to the place you want to go for FOOD, SHOPPING, or ANYTHING RELATED TO AN EXPENDITURE (MASSAGE, RESTAURANTS, etc). This is inspite of giving them specific directions written in Thai.
3. The problem is, for every famous place, there is an imitation (eg the famous Somboon Restaurant versus the fake Somboondee Restuarant). All taxi drivers will automatically bring you to the fake places period (regardless of instructions in Thai / English, etc).
4. All fake places charge at least 5x - 10x the price of the original places.
5. I had a simple seafood dinner consisting of 800grams crab, 900gram Fish/Seabass, a fried rice and a plate of vegetables (Kangkong / Morning Glory). The cost came out to a shocking 7,000 bahts. The correct price should probably be only about 1,000 bahts in Bangkok.
6. Even the restaurant owners will lie to you upon being confronted. They will lie about the road / location they are on, the name of the restaurant, etc.
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At Least Do This: Use a credit card to pay if you suspect of being scam. Then deliberately sign under a different name or initials. Upon receiving the bill, tell your credit card company that you didnt sign for that bill. One scam deserves another scam!! The only people who loose out are the original scammers as the credit card company will back charge the restaurant or shopping place.
Alternative: Always take the sky train or MRT if you intend to go to any restaurant or shopping places. Make sure you have a photo of the place you want to go to.......otherwise be prepared to be brought to a fake location where prices are easily 5X to 10x of the origional.
There are plenty of taxis in Bangkok and while they are alot safer than tuktuks (and air conditioned) you still need to be wary. We caught 3 taxis during our stay in Bangkok and only one of them put the meter on. Always agree a price beforehand!
One taxi driver asked us how much we wanted to pay and tried to get more money from us because the traffic was alot busier but we negotiated a fare that everyone was happy with (we were probably ripped off still but the fare we paid was alot cheaper than we are used to back home).
Another taxi driver showed us a card and wanted to take us to a silk shop. We politely refused and he took us to where we wanted to go. We only thought it was tuktuks that tried taking you to shops, so make sure you're alert (it took us a few minutes to understand what the taxi driver was saying).
Just got back from Bangkok last week, being first timer there, I really don't know my way around, so its better to take a taxi from the airport to the city, it save your time, and all the hassle you might face there, and its cheap as well.
A note to point is that, remember to get the Airport public taxi not the Airport Limo or the taxi tons tons.
You will be at the 2nd floor (the arrival gate), after collecting your luggage head outside and turn right, you will see the Airport personal manning the taxis, go to them and tell them where you are going, they will give you a piece of paper for the taxi driver, this is to make sure the taxi runs on meter. You will be told in advanced that you are required to pay additional 50bath for the toll.
There you go hope this help
With the busy traffic in Bangkok and the speed that is being used, please make sure your taxi has a safety belt. We were caught out the moment you wanted to put one on....tell your hotel doorman before he gets you a taxi!
Taxis are best way for wondering around city..But you should ask the taxi driver to turn on the taximeter..Most of the taxi drivers prefer to bargain with tourists..It's cheap but taximeter is cheaper..Also it's practical to ask for a hotel card ( ''take me home'' ) from your hotel..Those cards have the hotel's name and map both in English and in Thai language.So the taxi driver can easily understand you and transfer you to your hotel..
Another safer and hassle-free alternative to travel around Bangkok is by taxi. Always ask them for 'meter' before getting in (if you don't wanna get ripped off or bargain). Hassle-free because you are not exposed to the smoke and dust from the bad traffic, plus it is air-conditioned (good if you want comfort after a long day of shopping).