"Dangerous but Cheap Mode of Transport!" Motorcycle Taxis Tip by machomikemd
Motorcycle Taxis, Bangkok: 8 reviews and 13 photos
Motorcycle taxis serve two purposes: Short hauls up and down sois (especially for those who ride buses down main roads) and Long hauls to beat the traffic during times of congestion. Motorcycle taxis always wear a vest which identifies where they are permitted to base their operations, and with a number on their back which is unique to the individual.The motorcycle taxis are usually found at the beginning (and sometimes the end) of sois ( I got one at intersction of sukhumvit and soi5) which have a lot of people, usually due to apartment buildings or businesses, and their main role is shuttling people up and down that soi. They are usually near a bus stop. The fee is usually standard, e.g., 5 baht in some places, 10 baht in others. No helmet is necessary on these little sois. If you need to flag down a motorcycle taxi within the middle of a soi or on a main road, you do so the same way as for taxis, turning your palm down and waving them in with your fingers. However, if you are close to a motorcycle taxi group, then no motorcycle taxi outside that group will pick you u.
The motorcycle taxis for long hauls are the same as those for short hauls. Just go to any motorcycle taxi stand. The fare for long hauls is negotiable. You will pay approximately the same as you would for a taxi, more or less. You will just get there quicker on a motorcycle taxi during rush hour, as they drive down the stripes between cars, off the side of the road, down back alleys, literally under buildings, and wherever a motorcycle with two people can squeeze. (Underneath buildings means thru build underground parking lots.) Be careful to keep your knees in and watch your feet in order to avoid injury. When the road opens up, they may go very fast, including between cars. If you have the misfortune to get a daredevil motorcycle driver, or come across an overly aggressive taxi, it can be a harrowing experience.
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