A June 2007 trip
to Thailand by greghuntoon
Quote: My wife and I headed to Thailand for a much needed and welcome holiday to celebrate our new marriage.
Transportation in Thailand is abundant. Taxis, tuk-tuks (a cross between a rickshaw and a motorcycle), subway, and the sky train make any destination easily accessible. The key to travel here (as with many things in Thailand) is to make sure that you get the right price if the cost of the trip is in question. Tuk-tuk drivers are rip-off artists; never accept their first offer unless you know for sure it is a good deal. I usually traveled for about half of what they first offered. "Two hundred baht!" yelled from a tuk-tuk driver was always met with a laugh and a "70 baht for taxi, no thanks" response from me. They usually come around, but be prepared to take a cab if they won't budge. So many unassuming tourists want to travel by tuk-tuk for the novelty and adventure, and as such, the drivers will hold on higher prices to anyone who looks touristy.Taxi was my (pregnant) wife's favorite mode, and mine too, most days. They're air-conditioned, pretty knowledgeable about most places, and are generally kind (in comparison with the taxi-driver personality stigma). Also, if you demand they turn on the meter and know that there won't be much traffic, the only cheaper ways to travel are walking and the sky-train or subway.
Two important notes though: 1) if you are traveling with a taxi on the meter and taking the tollway, they will require you pay the toll (usually about 40 baht); 2) if there is going to be a lot of traffic, you might want to negotiate a set fee (which will include the tolls, if any). It is definitely variable. Ask your concierge, friends, or anyone who looks more seasoned for advice. You'll start to pick it up and get a feel for it after a few days.The sky-train and subways are great. They are super clean, affordable, prompt, regular, and filled with friendly Thai people. I never once felt any uneasiness on the trains.Personally, I recommend setting out on foot, and heading towards where you think you want to go. I hope you get lost. There's plenty to find accidentally in such a large and full city. You'll find your way, and learn a lot in the process.
Hotel | "The Sukhothai Bangkok"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2007
13/3 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10120
+66 (2) 344-8888
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2007
762/2 Rama III Road
0 2682 94579
Beverly Hills, California