Got your ticket to Bangkok ready, booked a hotel near in Sukhumvit road and your bags are packed but do you know how to get around the city? There are many transport options in Bangkok and one of the easiest is to take a taxi if you are simply going one from place to another. This guide will answer your questions regarding taxis in Bangkok in general.
First, you will notice that taxis in the capital city of Thailand are covered in bright and colourful paints such as the pink ones. This does not mean that they follow a certain colour code but it only means that they are operating under different taxi companies. The fares as well as the features are all the same regardless of the colour. You can easily check of the taxi is available because the sign on top of the taxi will be in red and says vacant.
You don’t have to do much negotiating when it comes to fare because all of the taxis in Bangkok are already metered. If the driver is not willing to use the meter for your trip, you should consider it as a red flag. Some drivers will try to trick tourists by setting a fixed fare going to their location especially if it is quite far, if your driver does this then it is best to find another taxi in the location. Be wary of taxis that are standing by at the hotel’s front yard because they are intentionally waiting for foreigners to earn more.
From time to time, you might encounter taxi drivers that are unwilling to take you to your location. There is nothing you can do about this but you can contact the Land Transport Department to report using their hotline number 1584. Make sure to get the plate number of the taxi.
If there is a bus stop in your hotel near in Sukhumvit road, you can flag a taxi if no bus is coming but do not do so if there are buses approaching because you will be honked at.