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Is it safe to take a taxi in Bangkok?

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By Stephanie Katz - Posted on
14 April 2011
I'm nearly on my way to the land of noodle dishes and sex tourism and was wondering what the protocol is for taking a taxi in Bangkok? Are the rickshaw looking things safe? How are fares charged? Do you tip drivers? Any other recommended ways of getting around Bangkok?
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Matter of fact, Bangkok's brightly coloured taxis provide the most reliable, cost-effective service in the city for getting directly from point A to point B. All proper taxis come equipped with a meter that begins at 35 baht (roughly 1 USD) and increases by around 4 baht per kilometre. If your taxi driver refuses to use a meter, refuse to use his/her taxi and find another.

The motorcycle taxis - er, the rickshaw-looking thing-a-ma-bobs, you're asking about are pretty-much safe and reliable, just don't mind the adolescent drivers who sometimes drink too much yadong (Thai alchoholic punch). No meter on these bad boys, so take care to negotiate a price beforehand.

Otherwise, Bangkok's beloved Sky Train (BTS) is sleek, stylish and efficient; unfortunately it's not always the most efficient mode of transit - and it closes at midnight, so you'll have to take a taxi past that point.

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