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.
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.
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.
So, the story is like this: A friend of my hubby talk to this driver and he gave us a very cheap ride for only 50 baht($1). Remember that in taking a tuk-tuk you should look for a yellow colored one not on the white or whatsoever since they will priced you over. Back to my story, after shopping in World Trade Center we decided to take a tuk-tuk to MBK so, we asked this driver if how much it would be for only a short ride he gave us a 100 baht which hubby told him it's only 20 baht but he just insisting that the place is very far and there I told him,Are you okey? Then we left and he started to gave us a lower price but it was late! So, you should try to bargain the prices here in Bangkok since if you will just okay and okay with them..it will not be a cheap travel you will have unless you can spend more!
Everything from flatulent golf carts to three wheeled tin cans, ubiquitos tuk-tuks still swerve around Bangkok's streets, though truth is much needed to cover short distances in a real hurry!
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.