Taxi Encounters: Bangkok

To what extent do taxis reflect the cities they serve?

Bangkok is known in Thai as Krung Thep, meaning "city of angels". This expression could allude to the millions of souls who at nightfall infuse the city with a palpable energy. Even though the pulsating capital started as a tiny trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, today it is by far the beating heart of Thailand with around twelve million inhabitants.

Bangkok has many taxis but is especially known for its three-wheeled open-air tuk-tuks. Having evolved from old-fashioned rickshaws used during the Second World War, tuk-tuks are ideal for discovering Bangkok when in search of the city’s innermost secrets. They hurry to fill the bustling streets looking for customers in the city’s humid climate.

Getting into a tuk-tuk for a short trip is not only a practical way to get around, it is a unique travel experience. It gives us the opportunity to journey through a myriad of sounds and lights, aroma and colors, faces and unexpected encounters. Getting to know Bangkok, while we wind our way through the stormy atmosphere of a city that never sleeps.

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