With a Taxi in Bangkok
Bangkok is colorful, Bangkok's Taxis are the same. The picture on the streets is dominated by the colorful Taxis, they are available in various bright colors, pink - blue - green - orange - yellow-green, so you will quickly recognize a Taxi. In Bangkok are many ways to get to a specific destination, each has its advantages and disadvantages, including driving by Taxi. Getting someone to drive from A to B is always comfortable, for example, it is quite relaxing when you have just arrived at the airport and with your luggage you will not be able to reach the accommodation for a long time with the Airport Rail Link and the BTS would like to. But otherwise it is a good means of transport, in itself very cheap, and if you are traveling with a group all the more. Bangkok has a high traffic volume, stuck at a certain time in the traffic jam is partly plan.
Taxi free or not?
A free Taxi is easy to recognize, behind the windshield is a small rectangular box with red or green LEDs, if these are turned on, the taxi is free. In order to signal a moving Taxi that you are almost willing to drive, you have to wave it to the roadside. A high outstretched arm is rather uncommon, it is sufficient to signal the hand of the driver at the hip height with a simple wave from the wrist out your driving wish. If a Taxi has stopped, you do not get in immediately, but talk to the driver, preferably through the back door or through the side window, please do not run into the street! First, the driver wants to know where to go, not every driver drives to every location. As a passenger you should not be disappointed or annoyed at a no-answer from a Taxi driver, Bangkok is too big for a driver to know it completely.
In Bangkok, there are two ways to pay for a Taxi ride. The Taxis are equipped with a taximeter and you pay for the trip by Baht/km, some other Taxi drivers would like to handle this and offer the passenger a fixed price. As a tourist is neither orally knowledgeable, nor can know the distance usual prices, it is advisable in any case necessarily by taximeter bill to drive. For some routes, such as from the airport to the city center, tolls will be charged. The Taxi driver will draw the attention of the passenger at the appropriate place, tolls are always charged extra to the actual travel costs. There is also an airport charge of 50 Baht the passenger has to pay.
In Bangkok, there is only the possibility to pay the Taxi fare in cash, by credit card is not. So if you come directly from the airport and would like to enjoy your first Taxi ride, it is advisable to exchange some money at the airport in the Thai currency Baht. But please pay attention to how much money you exchange at the money exchange office. If you exchange a lot of money right at the beginning you will also get mostly big bills, with 1000 Baht notes you will probably be able to enchant one or the other. What does not seem like much money for many Europeans must be worked hard by Thai. So not every Taxi driver will be able to change big notes. Please remember to get you enough small notes at the money exchange office, preferably 100 Baht notes.