I travel for work quite a bit all across Southeast Asia and I have used all sort of transportation ranging from Limos to trains, including flagging a taxi and airport taxis. Let me share my experience using Uber in Bangkok.
How is Uber Positioned in Bangkok ?
As you all know Uber is a global brand for taxi booking…But, when you come to Bangkok, you have a ton of taxis already moving all around at cheap prices and bargainable rate. You even see motor bike taxis as well driving around crazy in the city traffic…between all these chaos of various types of taxis in Thailand, Uber has made its entry sometime ago and it is quite established now….Uber is positioned as a premium taxi service in Bangkok. I have seen the quality of service is better than normal taxis and the pricing is almost same or less for UberX and slightly higher for Uber Black. The biggest issue with taxis in Bangkok is that there is no proper standard for taxi metering….many go by bargaining….if you are new, you could be totally cheated…the best thing to do is to book Uber as the fare is very transparent and you get good service.
Should I use UberX or Uber Black ?
I have used UberX and Uber Black both in Bangkok and I can tell you, the experience is way better than using a normal taxi. The fare of UberX is comparable to normal taxi and Uber Black is slightly higher. The main fare difference comes when you go longer distance like book from airport..for instance, from Airport to Asok BTS in Sukhumwit, you would pay about 500 Baht for UberX and abot 1000 Baht in Uber Black. But, if you are using Uber in the BKK city, you would pay very comparable price for Uber Black. My personal experience of using Uber is that Uber Black is much better than the UberX. The cleanliness of the car, you get a good car like Toyota Camry at least…water inside the car, the driver eitquette…all will be much better. I am not saying UberX is bad, but if I have a choice, I will always take Uber Black due to the service and the car quality. With UberX, you can get normal cars that are driven by normal drivers like normal BKK Taxi, so I would not take, unless I do not have anything showing up.
Night Bargaining Uber vs Normal Taxi in Bangkok.
It is funny with the taxi bargaining thing….we went out for drinks and looking to go back to hotel after that we were looking for taxis…the normal taxis were asking for at least 150 Baht to go to our hotel and they were confident that we would pay that….we used Uber and guess what ? we paid only 63 Baht in the night…It is crazy to even think of how much you could get cheated….From that day, I would always take Uber over normal taxi…it is safe and you do not get cheated. You can always go in a Uber Black.
What has been your experience with Uber in Bangkok ? Any tips for using Uber ?
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