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    Tuktuk

    by limledi Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    Tuktuk

    Tuktuks are fun way of getting around Bangkok. Just be careful cause tuktuk drivers are notorious of ripping the tourist off. These are also quicker than taxis. Better set the fare with the driver 1st before boarding. They also tend to take you to shops where they can get commission.

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    Con Artists on Wheels

    by GracesTrips Written Oct 27, 2008

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    They all seem to have the same lines asking where are you going to or what have you not seen yet. Promises that they will take you for a mere 20 baht (less that a US$1). But then, you are in tuk-tuk hell! They take you to jewelry store and tailors and can waste your entire day with making you shop! Anyway, don't let them bully you into going to these places. It's always just "one more stop" before you get to see what you really want to see. We, fortunately, ended our tuk-tuk excursion with him dropping us off sorta close to where we wanted to go and then walked back to catch the boat taxi back to our hotel.

    There are no seat belts in these things so Hold On! They drive rather recklessly. I think you're better off catching a cab but it's like choosing the lesser of two evils.

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  • Tuk-tuk........

    by Juani Written Sep 19, 2008

    The tuk-tuk are special.
    They give to Bangkok a special touch.
    The drivers are really well prepared to do their job... but their job is not only to take people to the place the want to go. I had different experiences on a tuk-tuk. Let's sea.
    The first time I had to take a tuk tuk, it was simle. The driver accepted our price quickly. It was great. But then we understood that there are several kinds of tuk-tuk drivers. Most of them try to take you to shops you dont want to visit. They say taht the shop's owners give them a voucher for free oil to them. We made a mistake the first time, we said yes, we had nothing to loose, and the driver had the chance to get free oil. But we spent the whole morning visiting shops we was not interested on. Be carefull, they try to take you to this places ALL THE TIME! You may think your having a free travel, but you have to pay with your time. And when you are travelling, the time is the most important thing you have!

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    Tuk TuK!

    by YaaDong Written Jul 16, 2008

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    No trip to Bangkok is complete without a spin in the classic Tuk Tuk.They are O.K. for short trips but for longer trips they can be fairly dangerous depending on your driver.Furthermore,It's no fun getting cought in a traffic jam in a Tuk Tuk as the combanation of heat and pollution on the roads can really get to you.They are a fun way to get around but you have to bargain for the fare and they can be a rip off for tourists.Especially the ones that hang around temples and hotels.

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    Just be wary

    by clueless83 Written Jun 7, 2008

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    Me on a tuktuk. How did that happen?

    We were fully aware of the tuktuk scams but we still managed to end up on a tuktuk tour. A random Thai man flagged a tuktuk down for us and showed us (and the tuktuk driver) places we should visit before we go to the Grand Palace (apparently it was closed for the morning and we believed him on this occasion because a reliable source told us it was a public holiday that day). So anyway, we were told it would cost us 40 baht. I was very suspicious yet somehow my boyfriend was convinced it would be ok and we ended up on this tuktuk.

    Our first stop appeared to be a dodgy back alley carpark which worried me what I had got myself into, until I got out of the tuktuk and saw a building with an ornate roof and was told that this was the "Lucky Buddha Temple" which was only open to tourists one day a year (I'm pretty sure that was a lie but we got some nice photos and it didn't cost us anything so I didn't mind). Then we were taken to the Marble Temple. Then unfortunately our next 3 stops were at various gem/silk shops. Our tuktuk driver was very honest and told us if we spent 5 minutes looking around, we didn't have to buy anything, then he would get a petrol voucher. We appreciated his honesty and obliged, particularly as we hadn't paid him yet and he had already taken us to a couple of temples.

    We parted ways with our tuktuk driver at the Grand Palace, so we got there in the end. It was a good experience to ride a tuktuk but just be wary and always negotiate a price before you get in.

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    Just don't take them

    by Snipernurse Written May 24, 2008

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    Some of the awful air you'll be exposed too
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    Going for a ride in a tuk tuk is a must, but reserve that joy for any other city in southeast asia besides Bangkok. There are no honest tuk tuk drivers in Bangkok, they could care less about what sites you want to see, all they want is to get you to go to a suit shop or jewerly shop and will ditch you in a moment. The air in Bangkok is HORRIBLE and sitting in a tuk tuk will expose you to countless exhaust blasts. Also, if you're of any height (I'm 6'1") these things are very uncomfortable. Just take a taxi around Bangkok! Or walk

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    Tuk-tuks

    by roamer61 Written May 6, 2008

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    Tuk-tuks are 3 wheeled vehicles unique to Thailand. They serve as another mode of local transportation. But before getting on one, make sure you agree on a price first as these are not metered like regular taxis.

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    Tuk Tuk

    by boltonian Written Apr 9, 2008

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    King Tuk

    Half bike, half erm phonebox?

    These loud, polluting things are the best way to get down back alleys and in and out of the heavy traffic. Cheaper than a cab and faster in rush hour.

    Negotiate the price first

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    Not for the faint of heart

    by beetlebummer Written Apr 3, 2008

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    A must try for Bangkok travellers, the tuk tuk. It takes you to your destination faster as it beats the traffic and jams by squeezing its way through. But be sure to bargain your price before getting on one. Tuk tuk is not for the faint of hearts though. You got to hold on tight ya. But I love it.

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    Not always the best option

    by PierreZA Written Mar 29, 2008

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    A barge on the river

    I must say I had much better fares with metered taxi’s than with Tuk-Tuks. The Tuk-Tuks drives inflate prices hearing if you don’t want to go to a shop/emporium with them (for their commission)
    Do bargain with both taxis and tuk- tuk drivers.

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    for area within short distance

    by markbank Written Jan 10, 2008

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    this is icon for transportation wihin bangkok and thailand....for tourist u must try this tuk-tuk,,,really open-air,,,,but the safety cannot be guarantee,,it depend on driver....it suitable for short distance only,,,

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    TUK TUK

    by ancient_traveler Written Dec 16, 2007
    a funky tuk tuk at Khao San road

    Tuk-tuks or 'sam lor' (three-wheeled) used to be everyone's favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over. Originating from an old-fashioned rickshaw during the second World War, a tuk-tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine fitted in. Tuk-tuks have become one of Bangkok's most recognisable transportation features, and are still popular among tourists and visitors. Riding a tuk-tuk is more of an experience rather than a practical way to get around. So, if it's your first time, there's no harm in giving it a go. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you wave one down:

    - Fares vary, depending on the distance travelled, the time of the day, the traffic, and the mood of the drivers. Normally a very short trip will cost 30 baht.
    - Fare negotiating and haggling is a must because the price named by the driver is always an 'inflated rate' (especially if you're a tourist). The trick is to negotiate 5 - 15 baht off the proposed fare, and take it from there.
    - Be careful of the 'mafia' tuk-tuks around touristy areas, who often boasts privileged knowledge of 'secret' or 'special' shopping places and things. Some of them may offer sightseeing tours and unsolicited help to take you places. A short and sweet "no, thanks" will save you from their scams. The same rule applies to taxis.
    - Avoid taking a tuk-tuk during peak hours (07:00 - 09:00, 16:00 - 19:00). You don't want to be stuck in traffic for hours, sweating and breathing in the hazardous fumes from engines all around you.
    - Tuk-tuks are most ideal for short trips. (Sometimes it would cost the same, or even cheaper, to take a cab to the same destination.)

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    What would Bangkok be without its Tuk-Tuks

    by Vita500 Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Tuk-Tuk

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    First things first:
    Taking a Tuk-Tuk is actually not as bad as people say it is.

    YES, it is noisy!
    YES, it usually is more expensive than a taxi.
    YES, you are sitting completely exposed, inhaling the fumes of the passing cars.
    YES, it could be rather dangerous at times.

    However, especially for first-time visitors, it still is a great experience and you should try to take a Tuk-Tuk at least once to later tell your kids about it. ;-)

    Rule no.1: Don't get in without having agreed upon a fixed price.
    Rule no.2: Don't get in if you're in a hurry.
    Rule no.3: Don't get in if you're not prepared for the draught of wind/fumes.
    Rule no.4: Get your camera ready but fasten it around your wrist.
    Rule no.5: Enjoy!

    It is advisable to have an approximate idea on the fare to your destination. Compare the fares of the BTS or Metro (if available) or estimate the taxi fare and set yourself a limit. Once you're set, haggle, haggle and haggle again and don't compromise too much. If they don't accept your offer, just walk away and try the next Tuk-Tuk...

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    Tuk tuk

    by smirnofforiginal Written Oct 17, 2007

    Running on two-stroke tuk tuks are name so because of the noise they make.

    The cost of the trip should be negotiated / haggled before you get into the little open sided cabin.

    Tuk tuks are a great way of getting from a to b in Bagkok which is heavily congested city. They are fun but often the drivers are from the provinces and may not know the way to where you want to go!

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    tuk tuk

    by paragianna75 Written Sep 13, 2007

    The easiest way of transportation in Bangkok but you are exposed to the air polution and to the 80-90% humidity that its insufferable...When I was the first time in Bangkok a local man adviced me to ¨rent¨ a tuk tuk for the whole day and not taking a tuk tuk everytime that I wanted to visit another place, or temple.You arrange the price first and finally it is more cheap and you dont waste time.The only problem is that tuk tuk drivers take you to tax free shops around the city so they can take free gas tickets for their vehicles, you dont have to buy something its enough only to take a look and leave.

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