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.
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.
Never trust tuk-tuk drivers who approach you and offer you advise.
Standard practice is to offer you valid advise at the offset and then tells you the place you currently is visiting is going to be close for the day or is close for prayers, etc. Don't believe them.
Next, they will offer to take you to adjacent tourist spots that are still open, at a price of course.
They will think nothing of disrupting your travel plans.
I found this out the hard way when one of them approached us while we were approaching (walking) Wat Pho and he claims that the temple will close at 3:30pm everyday (time was then 3:00pm). We ingored his approach and continued to make our way to the entrance and ticket counter, preferring to take our chance.
Upon reaching the ticket counter, we asked the ticket sales personnel what time the temple will close and was told 9:00pm daily.
If we had believed the tuk-tuk driver, we would have our travel plan disrupted and, probably, never get to visit Wat Pho and ended up visiting other minor tourist spots or shops selling tourist goods.
Another instance was the day before, after alighting from a taxi at the wrong entrance, we were approached by the tuk-tuk drivers who uses the same tactics.
We were told the Grand Palace / Wat Phraew was closed in the morning for prayer and would only open in the afternoon. He offered to take us to visit other tourist spots and perhaps take us back to the Grand Palace after 1:00pm. That disrupted our plan and we decided against it and took another cab to go shopping instead.
To make matters worse, we wanted to try one of the tuk-tuk ride and was armed to the teeth on the location, maps, routes and is very certain how to get there. The tuk-tuk driver agrees to bring us there at an agreed price. He drove pass the obvious signboard and even pointed out it to be a fake and drove us to another location where he claims to be the authentic place. We ended walking backwards for 10 minutes (with the help of on-hand gps map) to the correct restaurant location.
The restaurant he had driven us to was a pathetic place and the actual site location is as shown in the picture below. The Seafood Market & Restaurant (though expensive) was a plesant place and good ambience and we all enjoy our meals there.
For those who paid more then THB20 for tuk-tuk rides, hope you will realise that the fares are way too high.
With tuk-tuks, the main problem is that they often take you to all kinds of shops where they get a percentage on the sales or coupons to buy fuel.
Once one of them only charged us 10 THB to take us to 2 temples. Before and while driving, we very clearly pointed out to him several times that we weren't interested in any kind of shop. When we left the first temple ... we looked for him ... but he was gone !! He just took off and "assigned" someone else to take us to the next temple. We hadn't even paid him yet, as we were to go to another temple.
The other guy insisted to take us to the second temple for the 10 THB we agreed upon with the first one. But he would probably dropped us off at some kind of shop also. Therefore we walked a bit and stopped a taxi-meter to take us further to our next destination.
Since then we avoided to use tuk-tuks in Bangkok.
Tuk tuks are absolutely everywhere in Bangkok. They are cheap, efficient, if a little small and dirty; made out of a motorbike, seats and a roof welded together.
50 baht should be enough for most local trips.
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.
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
WHEN I THINK OF BANGKOK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES ME SMILE IS THE MEMORY OF MAD MAD RIDES ON TUK TUK'S.. SO IF YOU WANT A GREAT MOMORY OF YOUR TRIP TO BANGKOK TAKE A TUK-TUK ON A CRAZY ROLLER COASTER FUMES IN YOUR FACE FILLED RIDE OF YOUR LIFE, THESE LITTLE MACHINES ARE GREAT FOR NIPPING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC TO GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, JUST BE WARNED THESE WEE MACHINES CAN TIP OVER BUT IN GENERAL THEY STAY ON ALL THREE WHEELS WITH YOU SAFE AND SOUND.
MOST TUK-TUK DRIVERS WILL TRY TO SELL YOU SIGHT SEEING TRIPS OF THE CITY FOR VERY LITTLE MONEY...THESE OFFERS MAY SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE JUST BE WARNED THAT FOR THAT VERY CHEAP PRICE YOU WILL SEE THE SITES BUT THE DRIVER WILL TAKE YOU TO GIFT SHOPS THAT HE KNOWS AND WILL PAY HIM FOR BRINGING YOU TO THEIR SHOP WHERE YOU MAY GET A HARD SELL...NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AS LONG AS YOU KNOW BEFORE SETTING OUT ON THE TRIP.
WE USED TUK-TUK'S MOSTLY AT NIGHT TO GET US HOME FROM THE LIKES OF KHAO SAN ROAD,
WE FOUND IT A PERFECT WAY TO END A PERFECT NIGHT OUT...I LOVE THESE LITTLE MACHINES AND LONG MAY THEY BUZZ ROUND THE STREETS OF BANGKOK.
PRICE FOR AN HOUR IS AROUND 40BHT.
Normally first timers in bangkok take tuk tuks, you tell them to go to a wat or someplace x ,and they will take you to a tailor or to anybody who give them comission..I think that they normally never do what you want to do, try taxis same price or less, air conditioning and less dangerous. and no bargaining....if he doesn´t put taximeter tell him to do....I´m not telling to not use them because in bangkok is a must..you need the experience at least once.
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.
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
The tuk-tuks are cute to look at, and fun to ride once. Then that's it. I would recommend staying away from them the rest of your time in Bangkok unless you don't mind spending a lot of time haggling rates with the driver and choking on smog.
The first thing you want to try about the local transports is the Tuk-tuks. A simple and small vehicle running on grass cutter machine. Its pretty interesting to ride in and you will notice that they will turn off their engines when they stop at a traffic light or a small traffic jam as to avoid their engine from over-heating. Good way to get around the city to avoid the main traffic jams. The prices they usually quote are pretty steep compared to taking a city taxi. So make sure you come to an agreed price before getting on. How do you know how much to pay? Easy, get on a proper taxi that runs on meter and then estimate how much to pay them. Just beware as they will give you all sorts of reason to "squeeze" money out of you.
Tuk Tuk's are everywhere in Bangkok...they buzz around the streets all over the place. You will easily find Tuk Tuk's anywhere where you find tourists and they will take you anywhere for fairly cheap prices. They can be a bit hair raising if you're not used to driving fast through traffic but they are also a lot of fun!!! We were told not to scream or laugh too much because it would just make the drivers go quicker...hehe...
This february my friend and I decided to get around town in the evening with a tuk-tuk. Despite all the recommendations that VT members gave us, we fixed the price for 50 BT. After getting aboard he tried to take us to strange places he insisted. After refusing to visit 2-3 places, he stopped in a sort of deserted area and turned the bike off. He pretended as if the bike was broken down. At last we had no choice to get out of the bike and take a long walk to our hotel. You cant rely on them. Take a taxi or BTS especially if your travelling with your family.