In the above section regarding taxis I stated that most taxi drivers are hard working and honest. When it comes to their interaction with foreigners, the opposite can be said about Tuk-Tuk drivers. Tuk-Tuks are often seen by foreigners as romantic, cool methods of transport and while they can be, only experienced expats, Thais, and those who speak the language proficiently should attempt to deal with Tuk-Tuk drivers. New visitors, those who do not speak Thai, and inexperienced travelers should give them a pass! Take a taxi!
Motorcycle taxi's are one way to beat the traffic but make no mistake, it can be extremely dangerous. Before moving to Thailand, my primary means of transportation was a motorcycle. I had two serious accidents, neither of them my fault. However, if you're dead it doesn't matter whose fault it is.
When I first came to Thailand, I used motorcycle taxis daily. Now I'm older and I know what sort of serious damage an accident could do. My wife's nephew was killed while riding a motorcycle — hit by a semi-trailer truck. Use motorcycle taxis only when necessary.
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