5 Tips to Ride a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok
Tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled drive that is also called “sam lor”. It is considered the best form of transport to get to different places in Bangkok. This vehicle has actually evolved from the old-fashioned rickshaw which was the main source of transportation during World War II. It is considered as one of the most practical ways of get around the city because of its ease compared to the amount of traffic.
Following are a few tips that you should consider while hiring a tuk-tuk:
- Firstly, fares of each tour vary and it depends on the distance you travel. If you want to travel safely, you can download software or app from Thai app store. Usually the shortest trip will cost you around 30 baht.
- It is recommended to negotiate the prices beforehand because tuk-tuk drivers tend to increase prices when dealing with tourists. Negotiate 5 to 15 baht lessthan the fare the driver has proposed.
- Beware of the tuk tuk mafia that is usually present in tourist areas. They often claim to know the best discount markets to visit. At times, they also claim to be giving you the best rate to show all the tourists places but end up charging you more. So, it is advisable to decline them with a pleasant but firm no.
- Do not use the tuk-tuk service during rush hours that are usually from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning and 16:00 to 21:00 in the evening. This is because you are most likely to be stuck in traffic during these hours.
- These are considered the perfect mode of transportation for short trips and you can get cheaper service even at odd times.
By using tuk-tuk you can save a lot of time if you are doing it right.