Tuk-Tuk is the most classic transportation mode in Bangkok. Riding this three-wheeled vehicle always included in a things-to-do list when visiting Bangkok. Even if Bangkok has other more effective transportation modes such as BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway, many tourists still want to take tuk-tuk at least once. Riding tuk-tuk is more like an adventure and fun experience. I even saw some people selling a tuk-tuk tour.
When I was young, I many times took tuk-tuks to several places around Bangkok with my family. At that time, 7 people could fit in a tuk-tuk (3 adults and 4 children). For short rides, we preferred tuk-tuks because it was cheaper than taking taxi or bus. Nowadays I rarely use it, maybe because I am now not a child anymore. And the weather in Bangkok is always too warm for being in a tuk-tuk.
For visitors who come from countries that do not have this kind of vehicle, I recommend you to try it at least once. Just for fun. Then, maybe you want to use it more to explore Bangkok!
Tips to use the Tuk Tuk
- First of all, you should know that there is no metered-tuk-tuk in Bangkok. So, the fares vary depending on distance, traffic, and so on.
- It is possible to negotiate the fare, and if you think it is too expensive, you can say ‘No’ to the driver. I always ask for 10-20 baht off the offered fares. You can ask local people at your hotel or hostel to have an idea about the fare.
- I recommend you to take Tuk Tuk for short rides. It could cost the same or a little cheaper for taking taxis. (Anyway, since there is no standard, sometimes it costs more!)
- I recommend you to take Tuk Tuk in either early morning or late evening. Peak hours should be avoided. Being stuck in traffic for hours is bad, and it is worse when you are in tuk-tuks because you are likely to sweat a lot and breathe air pollutant.
- Beware of tuk-tuk scams. Say NO to a tour sold by tuk-tuk drivers (also taxi drivers). Usually they will take you to the shops that if you buy something, they earn commissions.
- And, be careful even more in touristy areas such as Grand Palace and Khao San Road.
Have you ever been to Bangkok? Have you ever ridden a tuk-tuk in Bangkok? Share your experience with me in the comments!