Photo Favorite: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Lining Up in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 21 Comments
Motorcycle Taxis in Bangkok, Thailand
Motorcycle Taxis in Bangkok, Thailand

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Quite a few men in Bangkok are employed as motorcycle taxi drivers.

Off every major street in Bangkok are smaller neighborhood streets called “Soi’s.” On every soi is a crew of motorcycle taxi drivers that transport people short distances (Thais don’t really like to walk). Weaving in and out of traffic on a motorcycle is one of the most thrilling things to do in Bangkok!

This particular street employs the most motorcycle taxi drivers I’ve ever seen, at peak hours there are often over 50 drivers waiting in line and zooming back and forth.



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  • jaiden

    5 years ago

    hi
    Its quite entertaining reading your blogs.
    Im heading to thailand to go to university there for a year.
    How well do you think ill cope on 12,000 AUD.
    I love thai food and i dont really care wear i live as long as its got a bed and private.
    Cheers

  • Dana

    6 years ago

    It’s refreshing reading something on the motorcycle taxis in Bangkok that doesn’t imply (or outright state) that one is crazy for taking them.

    I had a blast taking them in Bangkok & Pattaya. All the guys I had were safe drivers. I could tell as a guy who has owned a motorbike back home for a long time.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Cool to hear that Dana. Yah, some of them are great drivers and it’s a fast way to get around town.

  • Dan

    6 years ago

    Great photo! Do they hustle you for business like they do in China?

  • Free Volunteering

    6 years ago

    howcome to I didnt see these when I was there? 🙂

  • crazy sexy fun traveler

    6 years ago

    I used the moto taxi a couple of times in Bangkok, but never seen a street so full of them, just next to the bus stops 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Yah, there are lot of moto taxis in Bangkok but this street in particular has so many.

  • Grrrl Traveler| Christine

    6 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Mark! I’ve taken the motorbike taxis a few times; it’s always been an adventure. Mostly, I love seeing them cart locals around. Those Thai women sure have great balance on them.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hah, you’re right. I can’t believe some of the women winding through traffic sitting side saddle!

  • iamthewitch

    6 years ago

    I remember seeing these motorcycle taxis when I was in Bangkok too. It’s quite interesting seeing strangers climbing behind the driver looking like they belong there. I still haven’t got around to taking motorcycle taxi, I’d rather walk if the distance is bearable! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      I know quite a few foreigners that take these motorcycle taxis frequently and start getting really lazy, but just like you, I almost always walk – unless I’m very late!

  • Turkey’s For Life

    6 years ago

    I’ve never even heard about these motorcycle taxis. Great idea for the shorter distances – for those who don’t enjoy a stroll. Would love to try one.
    Julia

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      When you come to Bangkok, you’ll see them all around Julia. They can be thrilling to ride!

    • Travel Insurance

      6 years ago

      I was saying the same – I haven’t seen these in Bangkok. I’ve seen them and used them in an unofficial sense, but never seen a set up like the pic above.

  • Dean

    6 years ago

    I took a motorcycle taxi in Thailand to get back to Chiang Saen from the Golden Triangle, as I couldn’t find any buses or anything. It was certainly a thrilling ride! Cool photo.

  • Traveling Ted

    6 years ago

    I like to walk, but found it necessary to sometimes take this mode of transportation if the distance was a little bit far. I sometimes got tired of showing up at a place absolutely drenched in sweat from walking even a short distance.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hehe, I understand Ted. Normally I also prefer to walk, but sometimes in a big rush taking a motorcycle taxi in Bangkok is necessary – and the sweat factor.

    • Free Volunteering

      6 years ago

      It is relatively cheap to travel around bangkok using boats and buses – you typically don’t have to walk far.