To get around over short distances or travel within towns, maybe no means of transportation are better than tuk tuk. In this article, we will give you some tips when travelling by tuk-tuks in Thailand.
Agree on the fares before getting in
Before you get into any tuk-tuk, agree on the fares with the driver. Tuk-tuks are not like taxis, they do not have meters and so you may be charged anything and if you are not careful you could end up paying up to ten times the normal price. Get to know the fares to a certain place and then compare that fare to that of a taxi. Generally, tuk-tuks should charge the same or even cheaper than taxis. Do not be afraid to haggle over the price; some drivers will easily agree to charge you less. If you are pleased with the service, you can leave a tip.
Imagine six people, six shopping bags, three chairs and a small table all in one tuk-tuk. Such a tuk-tuk is a big hazard. Do not agree to get into an overloaded tuk-tuk no matter how experienced the driver tells you he is. With three wheels and a small size, it is very easy for the vehicle to tip over or careen out of control and cause an accident.
Avoid tuk-tuk rides along congested roads
A tuk-tuk ride on a road with high traffic congestion can easily end up in an accident. Other than the danger of being in an accident, you will also get exposed to exhaust fumes which can be hazardous to your health. Do not use tuk-tuks during peak hours such as in the morning between 7am and 9am or evening between 4pm and 7pm; during such periods, a taxi is preferable. Additionally, tuk-tuks are not to be used for travelling over long distances. They are not the most comfortable vehicles around and you will soon get tired.