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Getting around in Bangkok by tuk-tuk

The famous Bangkok tuk tuks

tuk tuk bangkok Tuk tuks are an institution in Bangkok ! These small stylized vehicles are fun to take, it's part of the adventure of a tourist in Bangkok. A tuk tuk ride, and especially in Bangkok, is one of the things to do during a trip in Thailand as well as visiting the Wat Pho or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. The tuk tuks slide into traffic, are very noisy, you breath car gas but you must take a tuk tuk at least once during your trip in Thailand !                     

Then, you will probably prefer quieter and more corfortables or with air condition mean of transportation and opt for taxis which are gennerally contrary to popular belief cheaper than tuk-tuks. Despite the name tuk tuk in Thai meaning cheap. Tuk-tuks have no meter, you have to negotiate the fare before taking them. And do not hesitate to haggle, it's part of the game !

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Be careful, there are a few scams with tuk-tuk drivers in Bangkok. Beware of too low prices or drivers lurking around the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho and saying that the temples are exceptionally closed. Most of the time, it's a lie but it allows them to offer to take you to discover another temple. At best you'll miss the visit of a must-see temple in Bangkok, at worst, you will end in shops, jewelry shops most of the time where you will be strongly encouraged to buy things that are most of the time fakes you'll overpay.                     

Besides that, the big majority of tuk tuk drivers is honest even if they will probably charge you a little more than a Thai. But don't be too trustful especially near the tourist areas.

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Other public transport in Bangkok

Bangkok skytain

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The Bangkok Skytrain is called BTS. The trains have air condition and let you go over the heavy road traffic in the capital but you can not go everywhere even if connected to the Chao Phraya Express baots, it can let you go to major temples in Bangkok.

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Chao Phraya Express

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The Chao Phraya Express boats run regularly on the river running through Bangkok. They go to all monuments and interesting places on the river shores including Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, the three must see temples in Bangkok. Fare is cheap.

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Bangkok bus lines

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Taking the bus to get around is clearly not the easiest mean of transportation to use for a foreign tourist in Bangkok neither the fastest one but it's the cheapest one. Bangkok bus network is wide and you can go almost anywhere but just need to be patient.

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Transports Bangkok

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Only Thai city for the moment to have a metro (there is metro project in Phuket), Bangkok is the city in Thailand that offers more choices of public or individual transport (metro, bus, boats, tuktuks...). No, there are not just tuk-tuks and pink taxis to get around Bangkok !

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