The simple Tuk Tuk remains an important mode of transport , however I believe its presence is fading , possibly due to the Skytrain and the new Metro rail system giving better and more efficient transport. The Skyrail and metro only service certain areas and the Tuk Tuk remains prominent in areas where rail has not reached.
It is a refreshing experience if not scary at times to take a journey in these little machines. More often than not the tourist loses control when he enters the Tuk Tuk as the direct route is nearly always via a tailor or jeweller, where the driver earns commision in a petrol allowance should you stay 5 or 10 minutes. Should a sale be made he earns a commission and if he is generous he may not charge you for the journey.
Enjoy your trip.
Tuk-Tuks are the best way to get around short distances, or when you are lost. You should never pay more than 40 Baht for a single trip. Some tuk-tuk will rent themselves out to you for the day, selling you on the fact that they will not make you pay until the end of the ride, on an agreed upon price. Basically, you tell them all the place you want to go, and they will bring you and then wait for you as you tour the sites, and if the happen to leave (which they won't) then you don't pay.
Only get in tuk-tuk's with a yellow license plate, as these are the ones that are registered. Not that it matters much...
I'm not kidding here.. all 5 of us actually fitted ourselves onto 1 TINY tuk-tuk and it moved!! Fortunately most of us were of Asian sizes but we did see many a tuk-tuk carrying 4-5 larger sized `farang's without any problems. If you're one for a dare - do not miss out on these absolutely enchanting way of travelling around Bkk.
Word of advice though - NEGOTIATE the fare BEFORE entering unless you want to be scammed. Fares start from THB10 but should not be more than THB50. Otherwise you're better off taking the cab where its metered at least.
Sam-Lor, Tuk-Tuk, Theses three-wheeled, Open air, Motorized taxis and popular for short journeys or if you have to transport large items that won't fit in a taxi such as a broken motorcycle or a large-screen TV. Their name comes from the noise their clattering engines make. Some expects call them Chariots of smoke.
What would Bangkok be without the crazy tuktuk-drivers around? Mmmm, safe, perhaps? ;-)
A tuktuk is a sort of motorized rickshaw and very popular in Bangkok
Taking a tuktuk is a real experience. As tuk-tuks are open-ended, they expose passengers to the high pollution levels in the middle of Bangkok's roads and offer almost no protection in case of an accident. The drivers are going very fast and drive dangerously, but they seem to know what they are doing...
tuk tuk is something you will see a lot of in Thailand and bangkok. Tiny highspeed looking golf carts with three wheels. They are fun and you should do it atleast once while in Thailand. Use them to take you short distances (from train station/ pier to somewhere).
Make sure you haggle and agree on a price first. Prices in bangkok will be higher than in other Thai cities, such as Chiang Mai. Prices should start around 40 baht to 120- at most. But it depends on time and route.
Warnings-they race around the city, which can be a little scary. I have heard kids love this. Also, if you are stuck in traffic it can be miserable, Since you are seated low on a tuk tuk and right at various car exhaust pipes.
Also-if you need a toy for a child back home, who loves cars. You can get a mini tuk tuk at the international airport. It;s a big hit.
Moving about in a TukTuk is a wonderfully scary experience. You are exposed to the air pollution, heat and noise of the traffic. Sounds terrible but it can be exhilirating ! I felt like 007 whizzing about Bangkok in one of these.
Make sure you tell your driver exactly where you want to go and fix the price BEFORE you start your journey. Then its fun all the way :-)
Oh, this is the real way to go! You are right in there with all the noise, colours, he stops whenever you see a really nice shop, he can get through gaps that you couldn't walk through on your own, he changes direction on a man hole cover, he stops and waits for you, finds you a particular shopping item. Only drawback is that you end up with a headache from the noise and a sore throat from the pollution, and of course, it's a bit hot unless you are actually moving along.
If you really want to take your life in your hands, try the motorbike taxis. Fast, breathtaking in their daring skills and for the passenger who is totally insane...... They are the cheapest of all
Tuk Tuks are my favourite transportation mean in BKK. They are fast, comfortable (less than a taxi but more than a motorcycle), cheap and fun!!
You can hail them anywhere, just remember to bargain BEFORE going in. Just say the address and ask how much. Expect to pay 50-70% of the price they tell you. A normal fare could be between 20 and 100 bahts (40 Bahts = 1 USD).
Perhaps my most favorite mode of transport in Thailand was the tuk-tuk. It's so much fun to take. However, try using it only for short distances and/or during non-heavy traffic times of the day or your lungs will be paying for it as you breathe in all the exhaust and pollution from the other vehicles on the road.
This shot was taken as my driver zoomed from the World Trade Center down to my hotel on the other side of Silom Rd.
Don't forget to negotiate the cost of the fare before you get in. And sometimes, the tuk-tuk can cost as much as a taxi.
If you're visiting Bangkok, you have to try riding in a tuktuk at least once. It's quite an experience...not something I'd do again but it was fun inhaling the fumes from other cars as the driver sped and maneuvered through the midday traffic from Wat Pho to the Democracy Monument.
The real tip is to negotiate. The drivers will try to rip you off if you're an unsuspecting tourist but I was with Yen, who, in the picture, is showing the drivers a picture of where we wanted to go since none of them spoke english.
These are all individually designed and painted little open air “people movers”…some say they’re dangerous which they probably are but each one is a little different from the other and I kind of liked the tacky colors and dingle balls and neon that most were decorated with.
I used these little oil guzzlers more than a few times getting around in certain areas of Bangkok…and for the most part I thought it was kind of fun, for sure…a little noisy…and a little smelly but there was almost a feeling of a ride at the carnival whenever I used them. I like the feel of wind blowing on my face and through the little hair that I have left.
The fumes from the engines were sometimes a little much but it was a cheap way of getting around and it was a challenge to obtain a price that I thought was fair for transport.
PRICES for transport with these things are NEGOTIABLE.
BUYER BEWARE…these guys, Tuk Tuk drivers will TRY to squeeze you for more than what the ride is worth. So for sure..PLAY with them and enjoy the little battle of wills…more than once I let the guy drive away, unsatisfied with the price he wanted to charge.. soon enough there was another coming down the road looking for a way to make a buck.
There are a billion of these around Bangkok so don’t worry about letting them go on if he won’t meet your price.
When you need transport from the airport in Bangkok, the best method I found would be the airport shuttle bus. It runs every half hour up until 1200am, and costs 100bht per person. This bus is air-conditioned and allows people to carry on their luggage, most city buses don't allow this.
In the city itself the best mode of travel would probably be Tuk Tuks. They are fast, loud and quite reasonable in price, as long as you can handle crazy traffic, pollution, and driving. (see my comments about scams). After three trips to Bangkok this past year, I now rather travel by taxi, it is generally easier and less stressfull. The only problem is if you happen to get one that doesn't speak english and you are like me, not very good with speaking Thai yet. However if you have never had a Tuk-Tuk ride, it is worth trying at least once while in Bangkok.
Hiring Tuk Tuk in Bangkok could be fun experience. But in the same time it could be bad experience since it's usually overpriced for tourists.
Unfortunately there's no meter attached in Tuk Tuk (wish one day they'll have it to avoid this 'no standard price')
It's really hard to guess how much it will cost to go here and there. So, best way to do is asking from Thai people (at your hotel, guesthouse, etc) that how much you expect to pay to go to your destination. If tuktuk driver they ask a little bit more or less what price you know. It's OK (like normal prince is around 60 Baht but he asks for 70..80.. baht it's still OK. But usually if theys see tourists, From 60 Baht could up to 200 Baht. So DO bargain)
Normally, to hire TukTuk to ANYWHERE in Bangkok never go higher than 100 Baht this is maximum. If higher than this you should consider using a meter-Taxi. Will be cheaper. (and safer)
Anyway, not all of taxi drivers are trying to rip off tourists. some are really honest and just want to earn money to pay their daily rent. These guys earn not so much money each day. (except those they cheat a lot) So,giving them some tip if you are satistied their services is always appreciated. (normally 20-40 baht tip is good already or tell him to keep the change)
Another taxi-style mode of transport is the tuk-tuk, an open air three-wheeled vehicle unique to Thailand. It can almost take you anywhere in Bangkok. Rate is usually negiotiated from Baht20 for a very short distance to about Baht100 for a further destination.