Moving along fairly slowly, the three-wheeled vehicles known as tuk tuks are a comparatively safe and definitely popular method of transport in Bangkok. Vehicle collisions involving tuk tuks are quite rare, but there are a few things potential passengers should be aware of.
The fare you will be expected to pay depends not only on the distance to be covered, but on traffic; the time of day and the driver’s mood. Asking how much a ride will cost you before you board the tuk tuk is therefore, elementary. Initial amounts named by drivers are typically highly inflated, especially when tourists are involved. The idea is to haggle the price down as much as you can before getting in.
- Mafia tuk tuks
Tourists must be wary of the so-called mafia tuk tuks gathering in great numbers in touristy areas. Drivers will boast of privileged knowledge of ‘special’ or ‘secret’ places, shops, and so on. Offering their services to take you to these places (typically without being asked to do so) and sightseeing tours, their fares are usually way above the norm and refusing to pay them could lead to unpleasant consequences. As a rule, a simple, but firm ‘No thanks’ will keep them at bay. This, by the way, also applies to taxis.
- Peak hours
Open-side tuk tuks do little to protect you against the heat or hazardous engine fumes when stuck in traffic. Avoiding tuk tuk rides during the peak hours (from 07:00 to 09:00 and again from 16:00 to 19:00) is therefore, recommended.
- Bangkok streets
Packed with traffic even at the best of times, the streets of Bangkok are occasionally the scenes of motoring accidents. Even riding in a slow-going tuk tuk is no guarantee that you will not end up being involved in a road traffic accident. Should you be injured in a traffic accident while riding in a tuk tuk or taxi or on a bus, you could be entitled to passenger injury compensation.
Your chance of success
You can significantly increase your chances of successfully claiming for personal injury compensation following an accident in Bangkok by using an Accident Advice Helpline solicitor to conduct your case. The assistance of our injury lawyers can be enlisted by calling the 24/7 freephone number 0800 689 0500 and discussing the circumstances of your tuk tuk accident with a sympathetic advisor. Any personal information you provide is kept strictly confidential.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice