Taking a tuk tuk even just once is a memorable experience. Find out how to use a tuk tuk in Chiang Mai
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play Mario Kart in real life?! Well here’s your chance! With the loud engine and the wind blowing through your hair it will feel like you’re racing through the streets of Chiang Mai just like Mario or Princess Peach.
Also kids will love taking a tuk tuk! The name originally pronounced toque toque (think of a Canadian winter hat) translates to cheap cheap.
What exactly is a tuk tuk?
They are a three wheeled vehicle that runs on natural gas designed to zip through the streets and fit down small sois (alleyways).
How to hail a tuk tuk driver in Chiang Mai
These cute, but louder than a thousand screaming toddlers, operate on a flag me down basis. Or a pestering one. Not nearly as annoying as the tuk tuk pestering in Bangkok, you’ll find drivers lounging in their three wheelers, lazily inquiring if you need a ride. They’ll generally take you anywhere you’d like to go within city limits.
How much should a tuk tuk ride cost?
The typical fee should be between 40-200 baht. Drivers like to try to charge per person rather than just on distance. Always negotiate down. If travelling with a rather large family or group, have some fun! See how many people you can stuff into one. My friends and I once crammed 10 grown adults into one.
Is it safe to ride a tuk tuk?
Not any Joe Shmo is allowed to drive a tuk tuk. All drivers are licensed. You should see a certificate and photo of the driver on display. In general you can expect a safe ride. The loud engine noise and the wind whipping through your hair can trick you into thinking you’re going much faster than you are. Having three wheels can make turning a corner feel like you’re riding a roller-coaster.
These little beasts are a lot of fun to ride for short distances. Just be aware that there are no seat belts, however the risk of falling out is quite low. To report a complaint about public transport in Chiang Mai, call 1584.