songthaew

Posted on the forums by contributor Retired_in_Thailand;

One area where you might find Chiangmai a little difficult is getting around town. Having advance information about that will be a big help to visitors here.

Each destination in Thailand uses slightly different methods. In Pattaya you get around on the blue songtaews. In Bangkok the best way to get around (besides BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway), is a taxi.

Chiang Mai has only a few taxis, and they never cruise the streets like they do in Bangkok. Red songtaews are plentiful here, but not so good for tourists, because they don't have any regular routes, the way they do in Pattaya, (and few of the drivers understand English).

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Besides red songtaews, Chiangmai also has yellow, white, green and blue songtaews with each colour going to a different, outlying area of Chiang Mai. So it can be confusing.

From Warorot Market, white songthaews travel to the eastern suburban city of Sankampaeng, yellow songthaews travel to Mae Rim in the north, blue songthaews travel to Sarapee and Lamphun in the south, and green songthaews travel to Mae Jo in the north-east.

In Chiang Mai, the most convenient way for a tourist to get around in town is by tuk-tuk. Most tuk-tuk drivers understand basic English, and most are very helpful. There is very little pressure to go to "massage", and rarely would any tuk-tuk driver in Chiang Mai even mention going to a tailor shop or gem dealer. So it's recommend to use tuk-tuks as your most convenient method for getting around town.