Love My Rab Jang

Motorsai rab jang (motorcycle taxi) is akin to taxi, but in motorcycle format.

My bf never approved of my rab jang rides. “Lots of complaints, they charge as they like, and they always overcharge. It is also not safe”.

And I never listen …. Oops.

 

Motorsai rab jang

Running a bit behind time yesterday, I opted for rab jang ride from Siam Square to Soi Lang Suan. It has been a while since I last rode on one, felt like I was on an adventure!

There was only one  rab jang driver at that time, and he quoted a ridiculous fare of 60 baht! Tried to bargain, but he refused to budge an inch. As I was quite desperate, I agreed meekly … negotiation never works when one party has the upper hand.

For whatever reason, I was then transferred to another driver. And the agreed fee was emphasized to the new driver.

Upon reaching my destination, I duly paid 100 baht to the driver (expecting a change of 40 baht).

The new driver asked me in Thai, “Do you usually pay 60 baht for this distance”? Worrying that he was about to ask for more, I replied “ka” (yes in Thai).

And guess what?? He returned 60 baht (instead of 40 baht), and told me “40 baht for the ride is enough“.

Without him knowing, this has affirmed my faith in motorsai rab jang. I have been lucky with rab jangs all these while. Only with the rare exception of one or two ‘bad apples’, but otherwise, I think they are superb! It is one of the fastest ways to get around the city, especially during rush hour.

Do give them a try, travel like a local!

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.