Tuk-Tuk for Bangkok Living.

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Thailand. –  Always take a Tuk-Tuk ride.

I’ve realised that no matter what country or city I’m in, opting for a Tuk-Tuk as my mode of transport always thrills me. One of the icons of Bangkok, Tuk-Tuk’s are found on most of the city’s streets, lines of them on busy intersections eagerly waiting to pick up their next passenger …

Actually, I just learnt that the number of Tuk-Tuk licenses in Bangkok has recently been drastically reduced, and the annual fee heavily increased, which means that the price for the service has gone up somewhat.

I still found it cheaper that the formal cabs, quicker as they skirt around most of the traffic, entertaining as the driver talks to you – mostly in Thai, and great fun as the wind blows through your hair and you are able to watch Bangkok Living go by, whatever the time of day or night.

A safe, fun and welcome option for getting around this wonderful city. Tip. Negotiate the price in advance. Make sure the driver understands where you are going. Don’t use this for journeys longer than about 3-4 kms. There’s a lot of car fumes out there …

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My ride from the Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri above.

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With my Travel Massive shirt on, ready for the day at TBEXAsia.

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Another reliable option if you’re feeling brave, is to hop on the back of a motorbike taxi, no helmet, and weave through the traffic. Works well during peak hours. Used mostly by local Thais for relatively short journeys to and from work, tourists and visitors are welcome. Motodop drivers generally wear orange vests, as a guideline and to avoid you hopping on to a private bike …

See the posts on my stays at Green Pearls properties here and as well as my previous visit to Thailand.

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