go all the way and hire a tuk tuk
The traffic is not so bad around the river apart from the narrow Charoen Krung Rd. Use the orange flag cheap river transport as much as possible daytime. I have never had an issue with Bangkok taxi's. But I try and avoid the "shiny path" around Nana and Asoke where many there are many hotels and tourists will fall prey to the taxi mafia. The traffic is extra bad here so use of BTS is imperative. If you do need a taxi try to hail a moving one and stand well away from your hotel
When getting a taxi never take it from outside a five star hotel or you will be expected to pay a five star price. Always hail a moving taxi and only get in if he does NOT name a price and switches the meter on. If he starts talking about prices just wave him on and get another taxi because it means he is not prepared to use the
meter and will try to cheat you.A bargained for fare is always two or three times as much as a metered fare. There are some p!aces where the drivers may not want to go because of road works. Chinatown for example is often congested with traffic. If you have plenty of time and want to experience it the local buses are extremely cheap . Around Khao San Road you can usually buy a bus map of Bangkok for about 40 baht which shows the numbers. Use the river boats to save time on some journeys as it is quicker than taxi and cheaper too.
You're confused about driver and taxi .... which one? Do you mean a driver who drives a taxi? Do keep in mind that very many taxis can just go from A to B (and many can't even do that without precise and exact instructions from the passenger). So don't think you can jump into a taxi and expect it will understand what you want.
Thank you ALL! We are staying at Pathumwan Princess Hotel which is not near the river. We still have to get a taxi to the river? I read that someone flags down 11 taxis, none would agree to use meter. Any advice the best way to travel to see temples etc? Tuk tuk? We are staying there because my husband has a conference near the hotel. Thanks.
Every taxi I have taken on the trip have used their meters
What about GRAB, better than taxi? That is, if we have no choice but to call for a car ride. Bus is not door to door for us tourists' need.
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