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Tuk tuk safety

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Tuk tuk safety

The USA embassy advises it's employees and families not to use tuk tuks and motorcycle taxis. (2013 health and safety report) Are they just being cautious? Taxis seem cheap enough and you get air conditioning and a seat belt? So is there any advantage to a noisey tuk tuk?

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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1. Re: Tuk tuk safety

For what place. Some areas like Chiang Mai don't have taxis for general commuting, it is a tuk tuk or songthaew. If you talking Bangkok I would definitely use a taxi to save breathing all the pollution when sitting in traffic, plus you get the a/c to keep you cool.

newcastle upon tyne
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2. Re: Tuk tuk safety

Has the US Govt advised why its not safe to use tuk tuks ?

The only place I wouldn't use them, is in bangkok

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3. Re: Tuk tuk safety


I'm not sure if you're US goverment /embassy staff or something to do with the U S of A goverment agency.

I have noticed you post about this issues for quite sometimes. Tuk - Tuk and motorbike taxi all have its purpose. If short distance in the Soi then I don't wouldn't think twice of using motorbike and tuk - tuk as mean of transport.

Taxi might be cheap for the tourist and expat alike especially those so called goverment/embassies worker with the expatriate monthly wage. Not everyone one have a privilege to use the air conditions taxi every time they are out and about. Beside that I think is good as it is generate in come for many. I know time to time we hear think not nice about tuk -tuk driver but it also happened to taxi driver too.

Edited: 1:33 am, August 19, 2015
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4. Re: Tuk tuk safety

in these days of extreme safety I guess I can see what they might mean, Tuk tuks have no seatbelt etc so in the event of an accident they are not very safe. Kind of the same for motorcycle taxis, generally the passenger doesn't wear a helmet even though the Thai law says you should.

I'm the same as post #2, I wouldn't use a tuk-tuk in Bangkok because really the traffic is just not set up for them and you end up sucking in a lot of fumes. But in other areas that have a lot of tuk tuks (Chiang Mai for example) they are really pretty safe.

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