As long as the weather is good which it has been so far this trip, you have all sorts of choices when it comes to getting around in the city and we’ve tried most of them.
In Bangkok though I must warn you, even crossing the street is life-threatening. There are traffic lanes but why I don’t know because rarely are they adhered to.
Here’s another busy street in Bangkok
Metered taxis (the bright yellow & pink cars in the lower left of the photo) are the way to go in Bangkok rather than haggling with the driver’s in the non-metered cars or the tuk-tuk operators. First of all there’s the language barrier and of course we do stand out as tourists. You can get most anywhere by metered taxi, even an hour ride from the airport for between 200-300 Thai baht, or 6-9 US dollars.
Tuk-tuks we’ve learned are for tourists, so there’s an unspoken license to get the best price they can from us. It’s a learning experience and we got roped in with a driver who insisted in taking us to one tourist trap after another.
A line of Tuk-tuks waiting for business.
I guess maybe they figure the more places they take you, the more money will come their way or maybe they get a commission. Several were high-end jewelery outlets along with high-pressure sales clerks, “Just take a look, good quality, good price” etc. We had NO interest and sadly we had to get rude to escape.
The Sky Train is the overhead high speed rail and it’s a lifesafer in heavy traffic and then there’s the Metro which is also a good alternative in stand-still traffic.
Now in Chiang Mai up in the Northeast of the country where we are now, the infamous red “Chiang Mai taxis” is the way to go. They are not metered, but there’s a set price -once you’ve been clued in that is. Twenty Thai baht per person (60c) anywhere in town. There are loads of them so you just wave one down and hop in the back of the open-air cab.
Still another choice are the taxi-scooters which we have not used. I think you have to have a little more confidence in the driver and other traffic for that. The red Chaing Mai taxis are easy, plentiful & cheap, so why bother?
Lastly, there’s Uber but apparently its new to Thailand and we’ve been told there’s quite a war going on between the taxis and tuk-tuks for turf, so we haven’t had any luck with Uber. Maybe in the future.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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