There are several ways to find transportation in a Thai city, including the:
Songthaews are trucks or passenger vehicles converted into taxi cabs. They’re found throughout major Thai cities like Chiang Mai. To signify they’re songthaews, they’re usually painted in a color that represents the city in which they provide their services.
To flag down a Songthaew, the driver will honk their horn to indicate whether you want their service. Raise your hand after they honk to get their attention. Make sure you ask the driver how much their fare is first before getting the ride. That way, there are no surprises. When you’re ready to leave the Songthaew, there is a buzzer button in the back which you can press to let the driver know that you want to stop. One songthaew can hold up to 12 passengers on average. Groups larger than 5 people may negotiate a discount price where they share the expense.
Tuk Tuk drivers are very pushy in central Bangkok. They’re determined to get you in their vehicle. And once they do, they’ll push you to go to a gems dealer before your destination. These dealers often sell fake gems, so they should be avoided. Before you take the drive, tell the driver you’re not interested in gem dealers if they try to get you to go to one. This may cause them to drive away because they want to get kickback money from these dealers that they’re partnered with.