Tuk Tuk Travel Tips
What to know before taking your first Tuk Tuk ride in Bangkok
Like any good trip planner, learning the best modes of transportation in a new city is a major key. There are lots of urban legends about Tuk Tuk scams in Bangkok, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary for any top global tourist destination. Either way, it’s good to know the inside tips so that you can hold onto some extra cheddar in your wallet. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re not another mark.
Manage expectations: Make sure you pre-negotiate your price and agree on the destination, nobody has a leg to stand on if the fee isn’t agreed upon before you set sail. There’s plenty of fish in the sea, so don’t feel like you’re ever backed into a corner.
Do your research: Talk to a local beforehand, this way you’ll have a good base to go off when setting the price and managing expectation. It’ll be the fastest way to see if you’re going to be ripped off or not, the hotel staff will be able to guide you on how much dough it takes to get from place to place.
Negotiate: If you don’t ask, you won’t get. This is an open market where deals get made. Start on the right foot and just assume that you can cut every initial offer in half, you may surprise yourself.
Confidence is king: Be firm when bartering, nobody likes a pushover. If it’s not the right price, just kindly walk away. If a driver sees that you’ve stood your ground and waved off a few greedy drivers, he’ll know you mean business. It’s part of the culture, negotiate, be firm, or prepare yourself to be marked.
Healthy competition: Tuk Tuk’s aren’t the only rides in town. Remember that Taxi Cabs can be just as price efficient, so don’t get enamored with the local charm.
At the end of the day, BKK is an amazing place. Follow these tips and you won’t think twice about getting around and keeping some extra coin in your pocket.