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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Do I need to translate destinations into Thai script, or are most drivers somewhat familiar with English?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Johnny,
Forget tuk tuks, more expensive and dangerous. What I recommend is to either have an address card, have it written down in Thai or practice saying the destination in Thai. They will know the major destinations, but you cannot count on them knowing less well know locations. I caught a taxi from Mor Chit station for the We-Train International House. The taxi driver did not speak English but the taxi starter did. I had an address card/map in Thai and the starter went over it several times with the driver. He then decided he could find it. I got there, but not w/o him stopping to ask directions. Don't count on them understanding your English pronounciation.

Johnny, I sent you a PM weeks ago, you might check your messages.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1589 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Do I need to translate destinations into Thai script, or are most drivers somewhat familiar with English?

Don't bother with tuk-tuks, they usually cost more than meter taxi cabs and they are not as safe.

You could always ask your hotel clerk to write in Thai the address you need a ride to. Remember when you take a meter taxi in Bangkok to tell the driver to use the meter and only pay meter fares - this is cheaper than bargaining the fare.

Some drivers know more about the city than others, but most know the most popular areas of the city. If you are looking for a hotel have the address available just in case. Some hotels have similar sounding names and a street name and number may help.

Good luck.

4. Posted by hyperlemo1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

I have just been an BKK for..... too long haha (3 weeks)
some taxi drivers are very good at english, but the majority isn't, so hotel card good!! or u could stop a thai who speeks english to help out!!
i dont reccommend tuktuks, more expensive as the others say... but the thai do get a good price! but rip westner and take you to the wrong place!!!! and DO NOT go for the to good to be true 20b trip, cos who know what will happen haha
Taxi's very cheap 30min trip at 4am was 95b!! about us$3!
dont forget busses, subway and skytrain too!

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 26, 2008, at 11:18 PM by hyperlemo1 ]

5. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

I'm not sure about others experiences, but I find booking a taxi through your hotel is quite good. They would have a set price, and it'd be little bit higher compared to using a meter, but its better if you're going to less known places, as the driver keeps the meter running even when he's lost and charges you for the 'mistakes' he makes.