Traveling Locally

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End Nov 25, 2011

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

As travelers, we like and want to travel, be it across the world
or across the city/town/village we are currently visiting.  Knowing
the local transportation options is a wanderer's best friend. The 3 
primary means of local transportation in Chiang Mai are: taxis, tuk-tuks
and "red trucks" (seelors).  Taxis... need I say more?  Tuk-tuks are
much like a taxi.  They have their parking spots or can be waved 
down, the price agreed upon before departing.  
Red trucks drive around the city but do not have a
specific route.  You flag one down, ask the driver if he is going
your way and hop in the back if he is.  If not, you simply wait
and flag another one down.  The price is 20 THB (about 65 cents).

There are some considerations in making your decision as
to which one to use.  Obviously, taxis are direct but costly.
Tuk-tuks are cheaper and do get you where you want via a 
direct route, much like a taxi.  When time matters, use either.
But when time is not a factor, take the red truck.  You will
get to your destination, in time, but you may get a city "tour"
of sorts along the way.  This is because the driver will stop
and acquire new passengers who are also going your way, but
not necessarily exactly where you are going. The route is
determined by the destination of the passengers in a given
area, not by the route of the red truck.  How these drivers keep
these various destinations in their minds as new ones climb in
and others jump out is beyond me! I've been taken down
roads and sois I would never have otherwise gone if I had
not taken the red truck.  And like taking Seattle Metro, you
never know who your fellow passengers may be, adding
to the fun of shared transportation.
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