Driving Tuk Tuk in Bangkok
If you think of Bangkok, you think of many things like food stalls and great food, monks and temples, the nightlife with many night markets and an exotic nightlife and you think of Tuk Tuks. To experience Bangkok, you have to tour the city, and Bangkok is huge. We have already reported on other public transport, no other is as much criticized as a Tuk Tuk ride. Critics say: Tuk Tuks are loud, a drive in the street sweeper is a dirty matter in the exhaust fumes, a ride is dangerous, some Tuk Tuk drivers are not honest, driving with the Tuk Tuk is overpriced. The driving pleasure you get for it, the disadvantages would not be worth.
Tuk Tuk have a distinctive sound
Tuk Tuks are loud, make noise. That's true! As a rule, Tuk Tuks drive with a two-stroke engine, and when a Tuk Tuk sweeps past one, it leaves an unmistakable sound. If you sit in a Tuk Tuk, you perceive the driving noise particularly intensively, because the driving noise is transmitted to the driving cab and the vibrations of the engine. That sounds worse than it is, because that's what makes the ride in a Tuk Tuk so unique.
Tuk Tuk in traffic
Exhaust fumes of road traffic. Yes that's true! In road traffic, exhaust fumes of cars and motorbikes develop. If you really want to compare it, then you will not be able to contradict critics. In a Taxi with its windows closed you will certainly not come in contact with car exhaust as much as when driving in a Tuk Tuk. The same point of criticism then affects all other road users such as motorbike riders, driving in buses (where the windows are usually open all the time), driving in a shared Taxi, which also drives open. If you would like to have it "clean", take the Taxi.
Tuk Tuk Safety
The potential danger of a Tuk Tuk ride. A Tuk Tuk is an open vehicle in which there are no seatbelts. Of course you do not use any means of public transport with the intention that a traffic accident could happen. You want to get from one point to another comfortably, quickly and safely. Seen in this way, you must certainly cut back on a Tuk Tuk ride, theoretically subject to a higher accident risk than with other means of public transport. A Tuk Tuk ride is often described as fast. The drivers should have their own driving style. That also seems to be correct, in the sometimes dense traffic the Tuk Tuk drivers are often more flexible and better off the road than others. To what extent one may call Tuk Tuk driver as speeder or the rides as fast, you have to judge for yourself.
Tuk Tuk Fare
Overpriced fares. As a rule, you should be aware of a basic rule as a Bangkok vacationer, tourists often get other prices for one thing, a commodity, a service offered, as locals. This can always happen if it is not a fixed price. A Tuk Tuk ride is such a thing. There is no taximeter like in a Taxi. For a ride, the driver is first talked about the destination and the driver gives his fare. This will be higher for tourists in most cases than for Thai. Is it unfair to ask for different amounts of money for the same service? Yes, it is. Tourists are "ripped off" all over the world. They pay excessive prices for souvenirs, they pay exorbitant prices for food and drink in certain places. This is a fundamental discussion with a moral aspect. If you want to follow this, you avoid the risk of paying too much for a Tuk Tuk ride and just choose the cheaper mode of public transport.
Tuk Tuk on the wrong road
Dishonest drivers are everywhere, even among the Tuk Tuk drivers. The dishonesty in the criticism refers primarily to the fact that the drivers do not keep what they promise you. Some Tuk Tuk drivers try to cheat passengers on a tour, promising a lower price, sometimes even a free ride. Tours are then made to certain shops where tourists should buy clothing, jewelry or other things. The shop owners sponsor the Tuk Tuk drivers. The recommendation can only be to tell the driver at the start of the journey clearly where you want to go and if a suggestion from the driver for a special tour should be rejected.
Tuk Tuk under the stroke
It often sounds more negative and complicated than it is. A ride on the Tuk Tuk may not be the cheap way to get around Bangkok, but it's one that can be fun. Unlike a ride in a Taxi, the ride in an open vehicle is just what makes Bangkok a little bit more intense.