The first lesson learnt, was negotiating the prices before you get in. The guy did take us to our destination but charged an exorbitant rate and I unnecessarily had to go through the haggling process to bring down the rate to 60Baht from 200Baht. I am sure that short trip wouldn't have cost anything more than 20Bahts.
Next ride I took, the fare was fixed, the destination was fixed but I made the mistake of not deciding the route. Now this gentleman i.e. the Tuk Tuk driver wanted to take us to the Palace via a Chinese Gem factory, textile shops and finally a tailor shop who delivers stitched clothes within a day. On objecting to his grand plans, he tried hard to convince me what a great experience I would miss after coming to Bangkok all the way from India. After a lot of debate on where we the tourists should actually go, he told us the truth that he would get some coupons for fuel. I finally gave in to his pleading look and agreed on just one stop. That is it.
The fact is most tourists come with very short time in hand to the city. And if more than half a day is spent touring according to the driver’s requirements, it is sheer waste of time and money for the tourists. But I must add here that they are very friendly guys, always with a smile, one has to be just alert and aware.
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