How to Take?
Colourful taxis are seen everywhere in Bangkok. They come in bright colours of pink, blue, orange, green and yellow. You can flag any taxi which is cruising or waiting, when you see that there is a red illuminated light at the front window.
Don’t take a taxi which has its engine turned off, and the driver waiting outside, approaching you and asking where you want to go.
Flag one which is either cruising or queuing up together with all other taxis along the side of the road, with their engines on and the driver inside.
Tell them the place that you want to go before boarding. For example, if you are going to Siam Paragon, say this to the driver: “Bai (go to) Siam Paragon“.
If the driver is ok with your destination, ensure that they are ok to go by meter. Usually if they do not want to go by meter, they will quote you a fixed price after hearing your destination.
Don’t take a taxi which does not want to on their meter. Under the new law, it is illegal and they can be charged. Well, don’t waste your time. There are plenty of taxis in Bangkok. Just get the next one.
Some taxi driver may tell you that the place that you want to go is closed and suggest bringing you to another place where they can earn commission (especially Yaowarat, Somboon Seafood, RCA). Reject their offer, be persistent and stick to your destination.
Under the Thai Law, seat belts are compulsory for both drivers and front-seat passengers. So, please remember to belt up!
fyi: Tollway/Expressway Charge
Drivers will ask if you want to take the tollway. It will be faster to get to your destination since you will escape most of the jams. Tollway charge ranges from 25 to 45 Baht. You will have to pass the cash to the driver to pay first. It will not be included in your total fare.
fyi: Airport Surcharge
Take your taxi from the designated taxi counter. Any journey beginning from airport will incur an additional charge of 50 Baht on top of the 35 Baht flag-fare.