Not content with the usual clunky limousines, the Conrad Bangkok, tel: (66-2) 690 9999, recently added a mean-looking Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 sports roadster to its fleet. But given the Thai capital's notorious traffic jams, we're left wondering just how frequently that 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine will be put to the test. It's far smarter to opt for the hotel's other new transport option: scooter taxis. These zippy little Platinum Jungle scooters will get you to your destination about 30% quicker than a regular cab, the hotel p.r. says. Sure, the 150cc motor sounds more like a electric shaver than an engine, but you'll have the last laugh as you weave through the gridlock, leaving motorists in your wake. Scooter fares start from a mere $1. For the Merc, you're looking at $45 an hour, or $95 for a one-way airport transfer but you'd better be traveling light if booking the latter. The SLK 200 has about as much luggage room as, well, a scooter.
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