Getting a taxi in Thailand can sometimes be hard – especially in busy cities like Bangkok or Chang Mai.
During busy times it’s even more difficult – even for Thai locals – and hailing a cab from the street can have the risk of drivers not using the metre and ripping off the passengers. This is a particular problem for western tourists.
Using smartphone apps to book taxis in Thailand is one way to avoid this problem.
Plus, it saves time – you can carrying on relaxing at the bar until the taxi arrives and your notified by phone, instead of standing on the street trying to flag down a taxi, only for them to say ‘sorry, I’m not going there’.
That’s why Thailand taxi apps are becoming increasingly popular. You request the taxi on the app, a driver accepts the booking, then they come to collect you. It’s a more modern version of the hotel porter or receptionist calling a cab for you.
Uber made taxi apps popular in the West. But Thailand have their own services, too. See this list of the best five Thailand taxi apps to try.
Here are the top FIVE Thailand Taxi Apps
Grab / Grab Taxi – One of the original taxi apps in Bangkok, many taxis you see on the street will also have a Grab Taxi sticker in the window. They have re-branded and are now known as Grab. They’re available across South East Asia.
GoBike – This is a licenced and official motorbike taxi booking app that was released after the Thai govenrment closed down GrabBike and UberBike. Instead of a taxi car, a motorcycle taxi will arrive. These are best for short distances.
All Thai Taxi – A smaller, less well-known app but this service has some great reviews. Many of the drivers are smart, professional, and drive eco-friendly cars like the Toyota Prius.
Uber – The undisputed global king of the taxi app booking service, Uber has had a meteoric global rise since launching in San Francisco in 2009. There have been some teething problems in the early days in Thailand, but they seem to be up and running efficiently now, but only in Bangkok for now.
Easy Taxi – An app with big global coverage that is only just making inroads into Thailand and can’t compete in terms of size with Grab Taxi, but Easy Taxi is definitely worth a try.