Tuk-tuk is definately a fun mode of transport in Thailand. Even if you don't really need a ride, I will still suggest you at least try once.
However, there are some reminders before you hop in one.
1. as usual, you have to agree with the fare beforehand.
2. always bargain the fare
3. ask whether they are going to make more stop other from your destination
4. never expect they will return the change, so prepare exactly the amount.
5. better to have a Thai version of destination name, some driver will not know the place even you show them the photo.
These three-wheeled 'open-air' motorised taxis are popular for short journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance. Minimum fares, for journeys of up to 3 kilometers, are approximately 30 baht.
for new adventure in the city, some people like Tuk Tuk, some said that it's too fast and dangerous, some said Tuk Tuk is expensive. I think Tuk Tuk is a unique transportation in Bangkok which not bad to try.
Tuk-Tuk drivers will always answer Bt100 when you ask how much, but you have to negotiate and start with Bt60 and stick with it...they will eventually say yes...
In riding this, it's okay if you just need a picture taken...but not an everyday ride...
Tuk-tuk is one unique transport not found in many countries. Thailand happens to be one of those places dense with Tuk-tuks.
Tuk-tuk is a good alternative for expensive taxi ride (in comfortable Toyota Altis). Before you use the service, please do negotiate with the tuk-tuk driver & often time can reduce to 40-50% of the initial price.
Avoid jumping into a tuk-tuk at famous tourist spot without negotiating; else you'll be paying too much for the ride.
The "samlor" offers exciting rides within the city. It is IMPORTANT to settle the fare before proceeding. Fare range vary widely depending on your bargaining power. Normally they asked for 80 Bhat wherever you go. I got one ride as cheap as 30 Bhat, the driver brought me to temples in 3 hours, he waited for me while I browse inside the attractions. Why was it so cheap? Because I agreed to stop over some "tourist shops" of his choice i.e. jewellery shops & tailors. I didn't have to spend money on these shops, but the driver got free gasoline as commission for bringing tourists inside these shops. This is a good method to hire your personal driver cheaply, provided that you have plenty of time.
The Tuk Tuk is Bangkok's unique contribution to public transport. One should take at least one Tuk Tuk ride in Bangkok just for the experience. Once you have that experience then take the cabs, they are cheaper and air conditioned. Unfortunately the Tuk Tuks have no meters and the drivers are worse than the taxi drivers , if that's possible, in trying to take advantage of you.
Ok, a tuk-tuk is neither the cheapest nor the safest way to get around, but for me a visit to Bangkok isn't complete without it.
Always negotiate the fare before getting on and don't fall for offers to show you around BKK for 10 Baht/h unless you want to end up visiting one shop after the other.
Yes, this is a must do in Bangkok just because it is quintessentially Bangkok itself. Although it's not always the best experience, it can be interesting. Beware though. You can and should bargain for Tuk Tuk rides. They know what they can get and at times won't accept anything less. Don't fall for it unless you really want to take that trip. They will accost you at every opportunity. Just be polite and say no thanks or bargain for a price. Outside of major tourist attractions beware of price gouging. We tried to get one outside a major Wat and were told it would be 250 baht! We said forget it and walked a bit aways from the foreigner exit and found one to the same place for about 60 baht. So don't fall for it and don't worry, the taxis are metered if you can't 'find a cheap Tuk Tuk.
One thing while riding in Tuk Tuks- keep your personal items secure and hidden. They are open and subject to drive-by thieves. I haven't seen it happen but suspect it wouldn't be difficult. Also, wear a face mask to breathe. The air is infamous for it's pollution and driving around with notorious Bangkok traffic in an open air vehicle is asking for breathing troubles.
The tuk-tuk is an enduring symbol of Thailand, but it is also cramped, loud, and smelly. Still, everyone should ride in one at least once. Bangkok definitely has no shortage of these golfcarts-on-crack, and the drivers can sometimes be very aggressive in harrassing tourists for rides. Sometimes tuk-tuks are perfect to get you where you want to go, but other times you are better off taking a regular taxi or the skytrain. Just remember to settle on a fare before you get in and don't let them talk you into stopping at their friend's store.
Tuk tuks are a cheap way of getting around Bangkok. You will have no trouble flagging one down, in fact they will more than likely approach you first!
Make sure you agree on a price before you get in, prices are negotiable.
We caught one from Chinatown to Khao San Rd for only 80baht which we thought was good value split between 3 people. Yes, 3 of us fitted in the tuk tuk...but only just!
It was a case of get in and hold on tight. Our driver took great delight in zipping in and around the traffic!! I think the object is to get to the destination as quick as possible and find another fare.
Lots of fun and an experience not to be missed.
My first suggestion would be to use the BTS sky train if you can but there are still lots of areas to which it doesn't go so there will be times when it is necessary to get a taxi.
If your journey is more than a 10 minutes get a taxi rather than a Tuk Tuk as it will be far more comfortable and you will not have to breathe traffic fumes.
When taking a Tuk Tuk it is absolutely essential to negotiate the fare before you get in. Tuk Tuk drivers are probably the most unscrupulous characters in Bangkok and will rip you off whenever they can.
When taking a regular aircon taxi you have 2 options. You can negotiate a fixed price upfront or insist they use their meter. Some drivers will tell you the meter doesn't work.
Here is an example of fare pricing. I wanted to go from the Siam Square area to the Grand Palace. The first taxi driver quoted me 100 baht. A Tuk Tuk driver quoted me 200 baht which I laughed at. Yeah sure, twice as much to ride in one of these things and breathe in lungfuls of carbon monoxide compared a comfortable aircon taxi.
The second taxi driver I asked also said 100 baht so I knew this was about right. However, I asked him to use his meter. The actual fare was 69 baht.
If you have never ridden in a Tuk Tuk before you should do so as it is all part of the Bangkok experience but choose a short ride and ALWAYS negotiate the fare first.
If a Tuk Tuk driver offers you a sightseeing tour for 10 baht refuse. He is not trying to do you a favour. He will try to take you to shops, and if you are male to massage parlours, where he will get a commission from the establishment. This will be added to the price you pay. At best you you will pay a lot for what you get. At worst you will be conned into some kind of scam and possibly lose a lot of money.
You couldn't help having this love-and-hate feelings towards the tuk-tuks in Bangkok. For a start, they are ever ready to rip you off, expecting you to pay 200 Baht for a trip, even though a more comfortable taxi with air-conditioning can cost a lot less, with the meter running of course. Always agree on the price before you step into one. If you don't get the price you want, just hail another tuk-tuk. It's quite a challenge to communicate with the drivers, even with my finger pointing on the map telling them where I want to go.
You don't want to be caught in a traffic jam in a tuk-tuk, breathing in the gas from the vechicles around you, esepcially the trucks and buses. But then again, a trip to Bangkok isn't quite complete without a tuk-tuk ride.
I do not know what to categorise this kind of transport. Is it a motorcycle, a taxi, but whatever it is, it is the most convenient and cheapest way to get around busy Bangkok.
We got a Tut-Tut driver just outside the Siam Centre and booked him the whole day. He brought us around Bangkok and we even invited him to for meals. Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture of this very nice fellow.
Hey, Mr Tut-tut man, if you happen to see this picture, please accept my apologies.
It's our daily transportation during stay in Pattaya. From our hotel to the beach, the fare for 7 of us was 80 Baht. This Tuk Tuk kinda like pick up, so we can find the winds blow directly. Also beautiful views and ... hot temperature in the middle of the day :) Anyway, pick up and double cabin cars are very popular in Thailand.
Tuk Tuks aka as Samlors (motorised three wheelers)
They are small utility vehicles, powered by notoriously noisy two-stroke engines, They are worth using for short rides, but can be uncomfortable and unstable in heavy traffic or during rainy days. Fares should be negotiated before departure.