I just wanting to share my experiences to get taxi in Bangkok. We went to Bangkok on 27/02/2014 – 29/02/2014 for family holiday. Prior to travelling to Bangkok, I did a lot of reviews from internet. Most travel experts say DO and DON’T to get taxi in Bangkok. So now my brain is already full with the advices from the experts. On 27/02/2014, landed in Don Meuang Bangkok, we took luxury airport taxi ( cost me BHT 850) instead of normal airport taxi, got to the hotel, had a yummy pad thai for dinner, rest and relax. I was quite happy with day 1.
Next day, my destination was Grand Palace and What Po. Now I tried to practice how get taxi in Bangkok. I did DON’T first : don’t take taxi from the hotel because very expensive (BHT700, one way), I don’t take standby taxi outside of the hotel, I don’t accept offer from someone, then no fixed price. So I stopped taxi on the road and insisted use “metered”, driver was ok, I was so happy because I did it. Open door was already BHT 35 ( I think this is for the first 5 km) . Distance my hotel to destination 9 km, so in my brain, this taxi will cost me between BHT 50 to BHT60. I got to the taxi, then taxi driver started driving around – around from main road to small road to main road again, at the end of journey, it took 40 minutes for 9 km trip and cost me BHT100, so this is my first scam from taxi driver.
I decided to take sky train and subway during holiday in Bangkok
At the end of holiday in Bangkok, I have a lot of luggages (4 of us) need to go to Suvarnabumi Airport. I asked Hotel front desk, they offered me BHT3200, to the airport. To avoid big scam, I decided to take train from Phaya thai Station to the airport, but I still need taxi, from hotel to the station ( distance 4 km) , I willing to take little bit scam from the driver. I got the taxi. Taxi driver took me to the main road to highway, turn around back to main road drive to small road then got to phaya thai station , so for 4 km distance, it took 1 hour and cost me BHT130 plus BHT50 for highway.
I tried to speak to the driver but he speak thai only, + word “traffic..Traffic”
Above all, during my experiences with the taxi in Bangkok, I got scam BHT 150 (AUD6) which is still acceptable.