Experience a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok
It is nearly impossible to go to Bangkok, and not take a Tuk Tuk. They are everywhere - zipping in and out of the dense Bangkok traffic, brightly colored and each with its own unique decor and attitude, reminding me slightly of customized parade floats. You can't buckle up, as there are no seat belts, so be prepared for an adventurous ride as you weave in and out of vehicles in this city where, like in much of Asia, nearly anything goes when it comes to the open road. The prices for a Tuk Tuk are negotiable, so come to an agreed upon price with your driver before you get in and get going. I recommend a taxi during peak traffic hours, if you are able to get one; pollution from vehicles in Bangkok's rush hour is thick, and with the open air of a Tuk Tuk, taking a taxi is your best option. Additionally, taxis are quite cheap and are metered, so I'd recommend them for longer trips. Tuk Tuks are as much an experience as a mode of transport, and definitely a 'must do' at least once when you venture to Bangkok.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
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