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November 14, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Bangkok taxis have been voted top ten of the best taxis in the world, according to the annual global taxi survey from which included over 30 countries and 28 cities worldwide.

Bangkok came in 8th place in the annual survey, also winning an honorable mention for best value. Travelers voted according to seven categories: friendliness, knowledge of the area, cleanliness, safety, quality of driving, availability and value.

Bangkok taxis came in joint first (with London) in terms of best value for money, although they didn’t make their usual top five spot for best taxis in the world this year. It’s no wonder though as Bangkok is full of cabs which are not only convenient  as they are found on every  corner, but bring travelers the most bang for their buck.

The annual taxi survey not only surveyed people in 30 countries but also spoke to taxi drivers in 28 cities globally. The global survey revealed the world’s more obscure objects that travelers have admitted to leaving behind in a taxi were false teeth, a trombone, and a prosthetic leg saying that the most common item left behind in a taxi are mobile phones. Bangkok taxi drivers surveyed differed in their response, saying that the most common item left behind in taxis was food (63%), followed by keys (23%), a laptop (10%), and a briefcase (6%).

Not surprisingly the favorite nationality to transport globally was Americans coming in at 24.3%, although Bangkok taxi drivers surveyed found that they did not have a preference in nationality and liked transporting English, Americans, French, Germans, Spanish, and Irish equally.

One thing that Bangkok taxi drivers agreed on was that Americans were by far the best tippers, coming in at 53%, followed by the French at 16%, Spanish at 13%, Germans at 10% and then Irish at 6%.

Taxi journeys to the airport are a clear favorite with Taxi drivers globally (34%) and passengers with 50% choosing to take a taxi to or from the airport. Bangkok taxis also preferred taking passengers to the airport as can be seen below.

Favorite Destinations for Bangkok Taxis:

Rank Destination % of votes
1 Local Airport 50%
2 City Centre 23%
3 Suburbs 13%
4 Long Distance 13%

Other favorite destination –  Wat Rakung Temple destination- Wat Rakung


Other findings from the survey included:

  • Other interesting objects which taxi drivers have found include 16,000 Australian Dollars, 10 thousand USD and 8,000 Gulden.
  • Over half of us (53%) would choose a taxi as our desired mode of transport from airport to hotel.
  • While the majority of people would round up to the nearest amount when tipping (38%), taxi passengers tend to choose to not tip over tipping more than 10% for the journey.
  • The most important feature in a taxi is WiFi (14%) beating both the radio and music.

Laura Watts of the brand said, “It’s great to see that Bangkok taxis are continually in the top ranking, and are definitely great value for money as can be seen by our survey findings. We hope to see Bangkok taxis top the list in other categories in years to come!”

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