Chiang Mai, Thailand

Getting Around

 
 

By Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-tuks are motorised rickshaws and do similar jobs as taxis but at less the cost. These hired vehicles are a quick, though noisy, way to get around Chiang Mai. A few samlor (three-wheeled bicycles) still cruise the streets of Chiang Mai and will happily take you to a temple for the same price as a tuk-tuk but at a considerably quieter and slower pace.

 
 
 
 
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Tuk-tuks at Tha Phae Gate by Rinto Jiang

Fares are usually around 40 baht for a short hop and 50-100 baht for longer distances. However, the fare depends very much on the proficiency of your haggling skills. The fare seems to be based on multiples of 20 baht, which is the smallest Thai currency note. It is a good idea to stock up on smaller notes and coins as when you offer a note higher than the agreed fare, drivers sometimes claims (often targeted at tourists) to have no change!

 Tuk-tuks at night by Bjørn Erik Pedersen

As a guide, expect to pay 40 baht from the old city to the riverside and Night Bazaar, 40-50 baht to Chiang Mai Train Station and 80-100 baht to the city's bus terminal or airport. Tuk-tuks parked near the bus terminal and train station will ask you for something like 120-150 baht - just haggle or walk away to the nearest road and stops for a passing tuk-tuk or songthaew. Based on expat information (2011), the highest fee for a tuk-tuk at any time of night or day should be 150 baht for any location in Chiang Mai.

 
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