Thai Taxi Survival Guide

By Fanny — Posted in Depaysemoi on

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How to understand taxis in Thailand ?

When we arrived in Thailand, it was already late, we were tired, so we were allowed to be carried by the crowd and we made the mistake of taking a taxi from the airport to the center. In the middle of the road, we have to pay the highway and in addition we pay too much. You can't say that the 1st impression with the taxis was good.
As the days pass, we see them circulating in all colors, and so we learn to know that they are the differences between all.
All this to say, that even if we were lost at the beginning, we finally tame these means of transport and we share here our experience and our advice so that you arrive well prepared during your trip.

What differences between taxis ?

Each taxi company has its own taxi color. Normally, the rate is the same for all.

How much does a taxi ride cost ? :

The price of a race remains cheap (especially in comparison with European countries). The starting price starts at 0.80€ (35 baht), the longer the trip, the higher the price per kilometer. Here's an idea:
Between 1 km and 12 km : 5 bahts/km
Between 12 km and 20 km : 5,50 bahts/km
From 20 km up to 40 km : 6 bahts/km
However, if you take a taxi to or from Bangkok airport, you will have to count in addition to the race (5 to 8€ / 200 and 300 baht), airport tax (1,3€: 50 baht) and the toll(s).

Where to find a taxi? :

Everywhere ! But especially on the main thoroughfares. If the taxi is free, there will be the red light on the front passenger side, which means "free" in Thai.
More than once a taxi honked us to offer its services (but we didn't ask), so you understand that it is relatively easy to find a taxi in Thailand.

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