Local Transportation

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Nov
2021

Local Transportation

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Transportation in the provinces is certainly less frenetic than in Bangkok: bicycle rickshas (samlors) and colorful tuk-tuks run alongside services such as songthaews, and bargaining for the fare on samlors is part of the Thai experience. Do not climb on before agreeing a price, or you may be taken for a ride in more ways than one. The one city outside of Bangkok to run its own bus service is Chiang Mai and this has only been in operation a few years, so the most convenient form of transportation in most towns and resorts is the ubiquitous songthaew

Taxis

Meter taxis operate in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, and Pattaya and are distinguish[1]able by the “Taxi­Meter” sign on the roof. Drivers tend to know only the names and locations of the major hotels and sights. In nonmeter taxis, mainly found in Ko Samui and Phuket, you need to bargain for the fare before getting in. Motorcycle taxis operate in some towns. Drivers tend to congregate near markets and long sois (streets) and can be identified by their colorful numbered vests. Prices are negotiated. Although motorcycle taxis are sometimes the quickest way to get between two points think twice about using them as they are not the safest form of transportation. They are also not practical if you are hauling a suitcase. Shared taxis are not too common except in the Deep South where it’s possible to share a taxi between Hat Yai and the Malaysian border and beyond. Drivers wait for cars to fill up, usually with a maximum of six people, before departing.

Songthaews

Songthaews (literally translated as “two rows”) are vans with two rows of seats in the back. They are more common than city buses outside Bangkok and run popular routes for set fares, typically between 20 and 40 baht. Drivers may wait until they are at least half full before Samlors and Tuk-tuks Samlors are three­wheeled vehicles that can transport one or two people up to a few kilometers. Motorized samlors are known as tuk-tuks – their two­stroke engines, introduced by the Japanese during World War II, are notoriously noisy.

Long-tail Boats

Thailand is a country of water ways, especially in the central region around Bangkok, and where there’s a waterway there’s a long­tail boat waiting to take passengers. The water­taxis in Bangkok should be used with caution; passengers are often splashed by dirty canal water. Other areas of the country, such as Krabi, also play host to a variety of long­tail boats. The greatest drawback of these elegant boats is the extremely noisy diesel engines clamped to the back. A maximum of twenty passengers is the norm and costs vary depending on whether the boat has been privately hired. Expect to pay around 200 baht an hour to rent a boat privately  .

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