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.