Brian's Travel Tips: Tuk Tuks

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
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Trip End May 30, 2013


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

You may be aware of the Tuk-Tuks in Bangkok. A fun and quirky way to get around the city. However, an underground Mafia exists where they will drive you around to their friend the taylor, brother the jeweller and mother the hotellier. Usually all of this results in you paying higher fees
due to the commission the driver gets.

All thought the day we were approached by drivers telling us that where we were going was 'closed' and that they could take to another wonderful places.  When asked “have you seen this/that/the-other?” (even if it's the Bangkok sewage treatment plant, which I doubt there is), my answer
was always “yes, it was very nice”.

If you find a driver who continues to persist, it's a good idea to make them realize they're possibly dealing with a mentally unstable person. I prefer to act like a chicken. Even just just the odd cluck may enough to deter them. If you don't like chickens, precede any line of conversation with a noise or action that might cause them to question your sanity. The trick is not to take it too far, or else you may be incarcerated, and I've heard Thai prisons aren't very nice.


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