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No Trip To Bangkok Is Complete Without A Tuk Tuk Experience

Lifestyle

Published on 07 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

No Trip To Bangkok Is Complete Without A Tuk Tuk Experience

Lifestyle

Published on 07 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

What better way to roam the streets of Bangkok than on a three-wheeled vehicle? Here are the Dos and Don'ts for the best experience when riding a Tuk Tuk.

We inhaled some road fumes and got splashed by street juice in order to ask some tuk-tuk drivers how tourists have managed to piss them off, and have put together a do and don't list for you.

Tuk-tuks can be fun and touristy, but they are also practical ways to get to your destination, especially when you don’t see any cabs in sight. The drivers will usually be touting for your attention and business, and they can be an intimidating force to be reckoned with. Here are some quick tips on what to do and what to avoid.

DO TAKE A TUK-TUK

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  1. If you agree on a reasonable price before setting off. A 3-mile trip should not cost more than 100-150 baht, and a short trip can be as little as 20 baht. Don’t get ripped off. If possible, ask your hotel reception about the average price for the journey so you’ll have a ballpark figure.

  2. If the driver is too pushy. Thai people are usually nice and they should make you comfortable!

  3. If you remember to be careful with your belongings while on the tuk-tuk as theft driving is real. Keep your valuables away from the sides!

  4. If they don’t seem like a part of the ‘mafia’ tuk-tuks, usually gathered around touristy areas. Scams are associated with these types of rides that include sightseeing tours that take you to unsolicited jewellery and clothing vendors.

  5. If you can politely say ‘no’ when they offer to take you on a sightseeing tour. As mentioned above, they might do unnecessary detours.

DON’T TAKE A TUK-TUK

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  1. If you are prone to asthma. The traffic pollution and diesel fumes might mean a trip to the hospital instead.

  2. If you are easily anxious about safety. There are no seat belts or airbags, and drivers can speed above 50mph.

  3. If it’s raining. Quite obviously.

  4. If you are expecting to have a cool ride in the wind. The tuk-tuk may not be driving fast enough and if it’s sweltering, you may melt.

  5. During peak hours. Traffic is notoriously bad in Bangkok and you’ll be stuck.

Riding tuk-tuks is a must do at least once for the tourist experience, but do know that there are other ways to get around the city. You can also use the BTS, taxis and Grab or Uber!

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