Traffic in Bangkok is bad. However there are times when it makes more sense to take a taxi than another method.
Sometimes it's just convenience because you're not located close to a BTS stop or a Pier etc, or maybe your end destination isn't close to any stop.
Because the rate is determined by the meter, it can be more economical for multiple people sharing the taxi than each paying their way on public transport.
There are any number of reasons you may choose to use a taxi in Bangkok. So here are just a couple of things I learned along the way.
Getting a Taxi at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport
Actually, this could not be more simple.
Step One: Walk outside to Taxi area
Step Two: Push Button and Receive Slip
Step Three: Proceed to designated Taxi
About The Slip
The slip gives you some key information. It tells you which taxi you are going to (lane number) and details about the taxi and driver. There is contact information for the airport and Ministry of Transport.
In the event of any issue you have, you can now reference this conveniently for any information you would need to report. Maybe you just forgot something in the taxi. This will help you track it down.
Only Go By The Meter!!
Taxis are regulated by their meters in the city of Bangkok. If a taxi driver wants to give you a rate to get to a certain place, probably he is trying to rip you off. Besides, how do you even know what a good rate is? :-( #noobstruggles So when you go to get into a taxi ask them if the meter is working. If they say no... Get your butt out of there. Don't worry, you'll catch another taxi.
Airport Taxi Drivers
An airport taxi driver will add 50 baht onto whatever the meter says. Don't get all up in arms. They aren't trying to scam you. This is a regulation by the Ministry of Transport and is actually noted on your slip from the airport, at the bottom.
Take a Picture - It Will Last Longer
At the front passenger side of each taxi is the information about the taxi, driver, numbers, etc. Although sometimes the driver does NOT look like the one in the picture at all.. Hmm...
Anyhow. It's a good idea to take a picture of that and/or the taxi number on the door. Again, this is just a precaution incase there is an incident or (hopefully the more likely thing) you forget something in a Taxi.
How Much Did It Cost?
We took a taxi from the Suvarnabhumi airport at1:40 am.
The taxi was from the airport to the Ideo Mobi condo Sukhumvit 81.
Cost 217 baht on meter + 50 baht for airport taxi driver for a total of 267 baht, or about $7.50 USD
Depending on the route you take, its about 30-38 kilometers according to Google.
Great deal! ;-)