Taxis are slightly better than tuk tuks to get around Bangkok, but having said this I've often run into trouble with taxi drivers who pretended that their meter was broken (a classic) and tried to overcharme me (sometimes 5 times or more the original price). Using approved taxis only did not really help, as even those drivers tend to try and cheat people. Of all the taxis companies I used I found only one company to be reliable and with honest drivers: the company that runs the red and blue taxis. Their drivers ALWAYS switched on the meter without having to ask them.
Make sure the taxi driver turns the meter on! Mine did so only grudgingly after I had noticed it was still off!! Very cheap though 40Baht for a trip that would cost me 10x that in Japan.
Tuk Tuks: You will need to agree on a price before you get in. Then, get ready to guzzle FUMES!! Fun for a short trip and do what we did, choose an older calmer wiser driver. Ours (pictured) was lovely, so smooth around the curves and safe.
The simplest and safest form of travelling is via taxi. Always ask for to go by the metre before you board or expect to get ripped off by the driver. However, due to the very uncertain jams in the city, prices can vary widely to the extreme. All taxis from the airport are metred. Dont try taking the bus unless u speak Thai or its pretty pointless really with no one being to understand you.
They are everywhere and could grab one at no time. Select those marked 'taxi-meter' on its top as most of them do not need reminders to turn-on their meters.
BKK is a excellent SE Asia gateway for further travel into the region. Unfortunately, BKK lives in the shadow of Singapore and the numerous air connections of Singapore Air (@ Changi). Most major carriers offer service in/out of BKK, but schedule times are not very good for same or next day connections. Most international flights arrive well past 20:00, with some arriving near 02:00
Outbound flights from BKK start at 05:00 and peak at 10:00. Since there are only a few airport area hotels, most peope stay in metro BKK and therfore must allow a minimum of one(1) hour commute time to the airport, plus the check-in time wait.
From the BKK airport, use ONLY meter taxi, or have your hotel arrange for a car hire for you. They will meet you immediately outside customs with signs.
Four major options: taxi (best), bus (ok), tuk-tuk (bad) and motoci-bike (worse)...
Taxi is ALWAYS available, BUT, make sure that it is a METER taxi and the meter is RESET when you start off.
Bus system is good, but you need to speak basic thai and some reading would be helpful. Also, remeber to ALWAYS offer your seat to a monk, if there is no room.
It will also look very good for you if you give up your seat to a thai lady as well!
Newest mode of transport is 'Skytrain'. This is an monorail/train system that is evelated to approx a three story biulding level. It currently has a limited service area. Best buy is a pre-paid B1,000 card. Routes cover Sukhumvit/Silom areas with an interchange at Siam Square.
Subway is currently under construction, look for opening in mid/late 2002.
Taking a 'taxi meter' is the most comfortable way (most taxi drivers switch on the meter if you ask them - the minimum fee is 35 baht), but try to take a local bus sometimes, it can be fun and it's dirt cheap, though may be rather slow in the traffic jam
Taxi! Taxis are cheap in Bangkok. And airconditioned! Just be sure that you have enough change in Thai baht with you or you just might get a 'sorry, no change' dialogue from your cabbie after handing him a 100 baht note for a 50 baht fare. And, always demand that the meter is turned on as soon as you enter the cab.
not the best way to get around is the taxi - they are not the best. Whenever we get into a cab from the hotel we are staying, they usually jot down the cab number in a log book , and give one to us for referral.
Usually in the evening - and esplly in tourist areas- taxi drivers will haggle the price after you tell them your destination, It could cost you only 20 baht, but they would demand for 100 baht. I normally get very annoyed and slam the taxi doors!!! And wait for another taxi. I do not mind tipping the drivers - but hate to be demanded!!!
Other means include bus, taxi and TukTuk. The latter two can be a test of patience and courage. Taxi drivers, while obliged to use meter, is often reluctant or even refusing to do so. TukTuk is, of course, the unregulated means of transport and they are crazy drivers, so just keep that in mind when you decide.
Bangkok is a gateway to Asia and Europe...so flying is generally the easiest...
Now this is fun...the tuk tuk's are the 3 wheel motorbike contraptions that you see zapping in and out of traffic, it's such a buzz...before you get in the tuk tuk, agree to a price with a driver...do NOT get in the tuk tuk before bartering!
There are also 2 types of taxi's in and around Bangkok..one is the metered taxi..this is a set fare much same as most taxi's you get around the world...the light on the roof describes that taxi as 'metered taxi'...funnily enough...now if you enjoy bartering...don't get into this taxi...get into the one that does not mention meters and you can barter for all your worth...once again...do not get in the taxi until you have agreed to the price with the driver!!!
It was so cheap that we did not hesitate to catch a cab when we needed one, and not once did they try and rip us off. Extremely friendly guys we found.
I never saw so many different colors in my life. All metered taxis are very colored.
Taxi in Thailand is very cheap. You can run over 50 minutes and pay only 140bht
Taxi meter is cheap in Bangkok, sometimes at 6pm to 8pm driver try to made an fixed price really expensive and usually you don't have an other choice if you don't stay near an BTS station.
This is not airport limousine.. No.. NOT!!
It's just the taxi-meter...
Yeah yeah... that's BMW Serie 3 !!!!!
Ask always to the taxi driver to turn on the taximeter, and..from the airport, go via toll way, the skyway very cool!!