Bangkok’s MotoTaxis: Death-Defying Excitement

BANGKOK—Famous for its racy nightlife, the Thai capital offers visitors a variety of cheap thrills. But for sheer death-defying excitement at a budget price, it would be hard to top a ride on one of the city’s ubiquitous motorcycle taxis.

Officially, there are 49,763 licensed motorcycle taxis in Bangkok; unofficially, the number might be more than double that. It is estimated that they carry 2 to 3 million passengers each day.

The drivers wear distinctive orange vests, with a few reds, purples and greens for variety. You can find them ready and waiting on nearly every other corner of this city’s crowded center. If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, a motorcycle taxi is the best way—the only way, really—to beat Bangkok’s near-permanent gridlock. These drivers take pride in their ability to find creative solutions to clogged streets.

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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One Response to Bangkok’s MotoTaxis: Death-Defying Excitement

  1. Antoni Uni says:

    Thailand

    Motorcycle taxis (Thai: มอเตอร์ไซค์รับจ้าง, motoesai rap chang,วินมอไซต์ (Vin Mosai ) , pronounced [mɔ̄ːtɤ̄ːsāj ráp t͡ɕâːŋ]) are a common form of public transport in Bangkok and most other cities, towns, and villages in Thailand. They are generally used for short trips. In Bangkok, there are motorcycle taxi queues on many sois, or side streets, and the queues are regulated by the city’s government. Licensed motorcycle taxi operators wear vests. In compliance with Thailand’s helmet law, many (but not all) drivers carry a spare helmet to offer to passengers. Bangkok locals generally only use motorcycle taxis when they need to get somewhere fast, as metered taxi-cabs are actually cheaper (but slower) than flat-rate motorcycles. Therefore, motorcycle taxi-drivers in Bangkok have built their reputation on delivering service as quickly as possible and tend to drive very fast and weave through traffic.

    source: Wikipedia

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