Bangkok A City of Smile is very well known for it’s vibrant night life, Neon lights, cowboy streets, Temples, Thai Food, Cheap Goods, Canal, Floating Market, Precious Gem Stones and last but not the least “Tuk-Tuk”.
When I started exploring any place which is not too far from Hong Kong and where I can spend my 3 days of vacation, Bangkok came into my mind, and I booked flight tickets and a hotel room, and very next day I landed at Bangkok.
I hate planning stuffs, this trip was too an instant, and unplanned one which is not too bad thing to do. Less you plan, higher the chances you suffer, but that’s the only way you really know a place. And That’s how I learnt about “Tuk-Tuk” and the other Bangkok Scandals.
Tuk-Tuk: is nothing but an Auto Rickshow which is nicely decorated with colorful lights. As soon as you get out of your hotel you will find some one asking you to take you to the most exciting places of Bangkok and when you ask about the fare, it would be just 50-100 Thai BHAT for the entire Day….Yes..i am not drunk…and it’s not a joke. Tuk-Tuk earns 100 THB coupon from every shop they take you. And they always takes you to the places you will hardly like to go otherwise.
In some cases, Tuk-Tuk guys are also a part of some mafia gangs operating to con tourists. For reference, please google it “Gems scandals in Bang Kok”.
So tip from an experienced guy: Be alert when you hire a Tuk-Tuk. If you have time, enjoy where ever the guy takes you, And NEVER BUY ANYTHING.
Main Places TUK-TUK takes you:
1) A Gem-Stone Factory : They will say it’s gov. Authorized biggest Factory in Bang Kok blah blah blah….
2) A Man/Women Cloths/Suits Tailoring shops: They claim once you buy, they will complete it and deliver it to your hotel room next day morning or as soon as possible. Most of the time you wait in your hotel and you just go catch your flight, no one comes back.
3) Canal Ride Ferry Pier: The most highly priced pier it would be, which is not at all worth. Alternate is, there is a pier near Grand Palace, directly go there and get better deal.
4) Ping-Pong Show: Surely not a place one would like to go with family. Avoid it. The place would be so scary, isolated from city and do not know how weird it could be.
So if you already know above, you would be in a better position to avoid being fooled, and would be able to enjoy more.
Last Words: Bang kok is worth visiting, do plan and have fun.