Transport in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai’s roads get fairly busy, and getting caught up within the congestion generally is a irritating and exhausting expertise. I’ve seen vacationer literature concerning the metropolis accentuating its peaceable high quality, and though loads of such locations exist (primarily outdoors Chiang Mai), you’ll not discover them on its highways. This text makes an attempt to explain the varieties of obtainable transport in Chiang Mai, the most effective methods of getting round and the professionals and cons of every mode of transport, with private anecdotes included chiang mai condo.

I. Public transport

a. Metered Taxi

A misnomer, as taxi drivers don’t change their meters on — actually not within the expertise of my associate and I! As a non-Thai, you’ll want to come to an settlement with the driving force earlier than climbing in, as foreigners are routinely overcharged. Each time we requested for the meter to be turned on, we have been advised that it was damaged. Don’t hesitate to stroll away seeking one other taxi for those who really feel you’re being had. There are lots round, and the taxi driver would possibly even again down and provide you with an honest value. Ultimately we began chopping the asking value in two, and to barter from there. It didn’t at all times work, however at the least we didn’t come throughout as utterly inexperienced.

The one and solely time we efficiently caught a metered taxi was at Chiang Mai airport, the place we had flown in from Bangkok. Make sure you go to one of many two official taxi counters situated in Arrivals contained in the airport, the place you may be handed a ticket; certainly, the unmarked automobiles idling outdoors for unwary vacationers aren’t licensed. The 30-minute fare into city price us 60 Baht, plus the usual 50-Baht airport tax (payable on the airport).

b. Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-tuks are enjoyable and a one-time should for anyone new to Thailand. Nevertheless, I’d not advocate them frequently as they’re additionally noisy and passengers are on the mercy of noxious automobile fumes, to not point out the occasional heavy smoke in late spring and summer season when farmers burn land and bush to foster new development. Glorified bikes (three wheels + deal with bars), they’re moderately costly when in comparison with Songthaews (see under). Appropriate just for quick journeys, foreigners are charged extra as a matter after all. To get a carry, merely flag a tuk-tuk down and provides your vacation spot. Keep in mind that almost all tuk-tuk drivers converse restricted English.

c. Pedicab

Powered by very agile and older males, pedicabs present gradual however scenic excursions of the Previous Metropolis, notably inside the moat space. Charges are negotiable. The descendant of rickshaws, they aren’t as quite a few as they as soon as have been, however they’re none-the-less nonetheless round. Flag one right down to get a carry.

d. Truck (Songthaew)

Songthaews (actually ‘two benches’) function like buses in that they journey on chosen routes. You flag them down, inform the driving force your vacation spot, and he’ll let you know to hop in if he’s going that means. Fast, environment friendly and low-cost, Songthaews choose up different passengers on the way in which. They’re a great way to get round, and in contrast to tuk-tuks and taxis, don’t are likely to overcharge: it’s a flat 20 Baht per grownup in case you are touring inside the metropolis (look out for the red-coloured Songthaews); in case you are touring outdoors the town, the vehicles are yellow, and naturally price extra.

e. Buses and Trains

Public transport in Chiang Mai is uncommon in that it doesn’t embrace a bus service. Nor are there any commuter trains, elevated trains or subways as in Bangkok.

NB If you don’t converse Thai, a method of guaranteeing you get to your vacation spot is to current the driving force with a enterprise card carrying the deal with and map of your vacation spot. Nevertheless, it must be in Thai as not all drivers converse or learn English.

We’ve heard tales about drivers pretending to be in need of change to be able to keep away from paying again the distinction. This has by no means been our expertise, but it surely appears essential to say. So guarantee that you’ve got loads of 20-Baht notes on you always.

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