"Taxis in Bangkok are good & value-for-money" Taxis Tip by Durfun
Taxis, Bangkok: 69 reviews and 50 photos
The minimum charge in Bangkok taxis is 35THB, after that it's another 2THB for every 0.4 km beyond the 1st 2 kms, plus the meter also takes into account waiting time in traffic, etc. Good value if there are 2-4 passengers.
As long as you stipulate using the meter, you will be charged a reasonable amount.
The added benefit is that it's air-conditioned, a relief from the sticky heat & fumes/exhaust from the often heavy traffic.
Tuk-tuks on the other hand often start quoting ridiculous amounts & then you start haggling, probably still settling at paying more than you would for a taxi!! Needless & messy!
Even people in Thailand don't realise how cheap taxis are; they are seriously though unneccessarily underused. Eg I was advised that a tuk-tuk will cost 100THB for a certain journey, whereas a taxi will cost 250THB. In fact the taxi only cost 60THB!!!
Another time, a tuk-tuk quote me 300THB from Hualamphong to Sam Yan, then he dropped to 150.. I wasn't impressed with this silly dutch auction thing, so took a taxi, costing only 45THB!
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