The tuk-tuk experience is a must have for first
time Thailand visitors. Tuk Tuks are practically an icon of Bangkok –
small motorized rickshaws that can seat up to three people at the back
and it’s really fun to ride during breezy Bangkok nights.
The tuk-tuk consists of a driver (who usually drives in a manner
that would make most professional F1 drivers green with envy with their
daredevil weaving through traffic and general disregard for safety) who
takes you on a comfortable seat at the back, which is partially sealed.
I went with MDC (My Dining Companion) and Jia Chui (read previous post)
for the tuk-tuk experience.
It is advisable to negotiate the fare before going coz we got
charged 300 baht (RM 30) for a trip from Siam City Hotel to Siam Square
(for a comparison, a metered taxi would cost 45 baht – RM 4.50) but it
was worth it coz of the photo op and the experience. I bargained for
150 baht for the return trip. This shows me with the driver and Jia
Chui at the back. MDC took the photo.
Download: Tuk tuk video [sixthseal.com]
Get a virtual tuk-tuk ride! The video shows the tuk tuk going through
Bangkok streets and also Jia Chui (but not MDC who must not be named,
or seen for that matter).
Tuk tuk drivers will also not-so-subtly encourage you to patronize
certain outlets, e.g. we got asked many times if we wanted to go to a
particular seafood restaurant by the return tuk-tuk but the first tuk
tuk didn’t do that so YMMV.