Warnings and Dangers in Bangkok: Tuk-tuks
Bangkok is both the capital and most heavily populated city in Thailand. A common means of getting around the city includes the use of a Tuk-tuk, but visitors should be aware of the dangers associated with these vehicles.
Tuk-tuks vs. Taxis
There’s a big debate on whether tuk-tuks are more affordable than taxis. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get conflicting reports. In some cases, you’ll hear from people who say tuk-tuks are cheaper and make for a more affordable ride. In other cases, there are stories of drivers who charge up to four times as much as a taxi driver. The truth may be that how much your ride costs comes down to what tuk-tuk driver you talk to.
One of the most common complains about tuk-tuk drivers is that they will make unannounced stops at various locations throughout the city. This isn’t by accident, and it’s not only to drive up the fare for your trip. The drivers make these stops at specific locations in the hopes that you’ll buy from the store. Tuk-tuk drivers get benefits, like gas vouchers, for doing this. Unfortunately for the passengers, this not only ends up costing more for the entire ride, but also ends up extending the total trip time. Visitors to the city may want to consider other means of getting around.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tuk-tuks in Bangkok.