Bangkok taxis work on a meter system with fares determined by the Department of Land Transport. There are a few significant matters that visitors to the Thai capital should consider when renting a cab, although Bangkok taxi fares are controlled.
- Not switching on the meter
Some tourists complain that motorists refuse to switch on the meter or the driver says the meter is that is broken. All these are always the cabs parked up outside resorts and tourist attractions. The motorist will usually attempt to negotiate a fare that is set as opposed to using the meter. The reply is easy if you don’t need to do that; flag down a taxi that is moving. If a taxi is parked up outside a tourist attraction or hotel where you need to go as well as the driver asks you, you’re probably going to pay over the odds for that journey. It mightn’t be a lot more, and you may even decide, so it’s your judgment call the benefit variable makes it rewarding. But in case you would like to make sure you get a taxi Bangkok that bills the meter cost that you’ll need to flag down a cab that is moving.
- The best way to hail a taxi in Bangkok
Taxis which are offered for hire is going to have reddish indication illuminated in their front window. Move your arm slowly up and down, and the civilized manner of asking a cab to quit would be to stretch out your arm with your palm. There are thousands in Bangkok so it’s not hard to locate one if for any reason the motorist doesn’t would like to make use of the meter, get out as well as a wave down another cab. Determined by where you’re going to and from, there are times when the motorist may understand that he’ll be stuck in traffic so he can decline to pick you up if he takes your fare. This can occur during significant rain or rush hour, but only try another taxi till you find one willing to pick you up.
- Fare rate table
Last month I shot the picture on the right during my time in Bangkok. The taxi Bangkok had the price card conspicuously exhibited in the cab.
- Example fares
These fares are approximations; any other surcharges noted below and the exact fare will depend on traffic.
*A journey of 5km = 55 Baht
*A trip of 10km = 80 Baht
*From Terminal 21 shopping mall (Asoke Skytrain station) to Grand Palace = 90 Baht
*From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport to MBK shopping center (National Stadium Skytrain station) = 260 Baht meter fare 70 Baht expressway tolls 50 Baht airport pickup surcharge.
- Do motorists speak English?
Bangkok taxi drivers don’t talk an excessive amount of English beyond stock phrases and several essential words, so in case you begin showing him and wave down a cab in the road your Lonely Planet map with street names in English, isn’t going to be much use. Knowing where you would like to go, ask the staff at your resort or guesthouse if they can write down the name in Thai and only reveal the taxi driver that when you get in. If you are hiring a taxi from Bangkok airport, there are dispatchers who can speak English so there should be no problems.