Taxis In Thailand
Metered taxis are a very cheap and easy way to get to your Bangkok Hotels. There is a public taxi queue counter outside of the popular airports around Thailand. If there are no public taxis then there will a counter where you can organise a lift by a private operator or a bus service.
Sometimes a taxi driver will attempt to organise a price with you without putting on the meter. It will occur all around Thailand as people who agree on a pre determined price can pay more than what the taxi meter would be and if the price is OK with the passe]nger then the drivers get paid more. You can tell taht the taxi is metered by the sign on their roof and their yellow number plates.
Taxi meter fares from around the Bangkok metropolis will normally come in under 100฿ (U.S. $3). It is most times easier to hail a transferring taxi rather than approaching one that’s parked, particularly outside hotels or tourist areas because these drivers will target vacationers who are naive to the fare or they are going to be hired for the entire day while the tourists goes out on their full day or half day adventure.
Once you are at your hotel and you need to go out for the day, it is imperative that you request a business card or have reception write down the hotel name and address in Thai for you, this can save any misunderstandings as to your intended destination or even so you can ensure that you are going back to the correct hotel. There are a lot of free maps at the airport (right near the luggage carousel) Have a map with both Thai and English, and point to the place on the map for an worry free trip. It will also form a good relationship with you and the driver.
Some taxi drivers will attempt to negotiate a flat fare rather than use the fare meter. This manner they’ll earn 2 or 3 the amount of what they otherwise would by get off the meter. Some common tourist areas don’t use the meter which is against the law, so be sure that you mention this and they should then comply with your wishes.
In Bangkok a cab can be ordered by dialing 1661 and they’ll get you from where you are, or it’s just as straightforward for the hotel reception or bar employees to call you one. If you are in a popular tourist place then hailing a cab in the street is easy and there are plenty around. There also are taxi ranks in busy tourist areas and at train stations and shopping centres.
Be polite and friendly and that way you will be assured that your taxi driver will be courteous and friendly back to you and will be less willing to rip you off (if you were rude and obnoxious). You will then enjoy your ride more as then you can chat with the driver and look around at your new surroundings. You then may want to use home everytime you travel around. If thios is the case, ask for his phone number.
Taxis, like everywhere are driven by locals that at the low end of the working class, so if treated badly they will treat you the same. Be friendly and you will enjoy your holiday a whole lot more.