One of the hassles of living in Bangkok is the traffic. The city is almost always congested and you can never find a taxi when you’re in a hurry. However one of the fastest ways to travel around the city is to ride a Bangkok motorcycle taxi. With their ability to zip in and out of traffic (and even occasionally on the sidewalk!) a motorcycle taxi can get you to your destination faster than any other form of transport.
Bangkok Motorcycle taxis are easily spotted by their orange or red vested drivers and are often gathered on street corners. Motorcycle taxis don’t travel all over the city like a car taxi. They typically spend their day in the same area so they will often have excellent knowledge of the nearby streets and neighbourhoods. Motorcycle taxis are ideally suited for short trips that are too long to walk but too short for a regular taxi.
Helmets are required by law, but they are rarely enforced. In the unlikely event that you are pulled over by the police and you are not wearing a helmet then unfortunately you will be the one who is fined, even if the motorcycle driver didn’t give you a helmet. More and more motorcycle taxi drivers are starting to carry an extra helmet so it your driver doesn’t have one, just wait for another one.
Fares are usually negotiated in advance and for a quick 5 min ride 20 – 40 Baht is average. Most motorcycle taxi drives will have little contact with foreigners, so keep in mind that their English skills may be limited. You may want to write down your destination or home address so you can easily show it to the driver rather than speaking it. If speed is a priority, nothing can beat a motorcycle taxi, but be aware of the risks and keep those knees in tight when threading through the Bangkok traffic.