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Video: "Welcome to Chiang Mai" - tourists forced to leave GrabCar as tempers flare

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On 10/2/2018 at 5:25 PM, snoop1130 said:

She added that the driver of the Grab car involved in Tuesday’s fracas had been informed that he was being fined Bt2,000 for using a private car for public-transport purposes.

I'm sorry but if Grab are legal to operate in Thaland why is he fines for using his own car ?  Do all Grab cars need to have a special license ? 

 

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7 hours ago, balo said:

I'm sorry but if Grab are legal to operate in Thaland why is he fines for using his own car ?  Do all Grab cars need to have a special license ? 

 

grab car can keep its app open but taxi they contracted with are not legal.

similar case in another country, Uber was covering the fines of illegal taxis if they are caught.

Maybe same for Grab too.

yes, if you want to have a taxi plate, you pay a big money! not like you do it with an ordinary plate like grab guys which is illegal and not fair for legal taxi people.

hence legal taxi guys are furious.

for many farang here: who cares? bc grab is cheaper!!! 

grab taxi is of course cheaper as they dont pay a million to get a taxi plate. just a guy, a car and a phone.

same problems in Bangkok too or Pattaya or Hua Hin or any other tourism area of Thailand. 

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14 minutes ago, Galactus said:

grab car can keep its app open but taxi they contracted with are not legal.

similar case in another country, Uber was covering the fines of illegal taxis if they are caught.

Maybe same for Grab too.

yes, if you want to have a taxi plate, you pay a big money! not like you do it with an ordinary plate like grab guys which is illegal and not fair for legal taxi people.

hence legal taxi guys are furious.

for many farang here: who cares? bc grab is cheaper!!! 

grab taxi is of course cheaper as they dont pay a million to get a taxi plate. just a guy, a car and a phone.

same problems in Bangkok too or Pattaya or Hua Hin or any other tourism area of Thailand. 

Not just"farang". Thais love Grab too. Adapt, or you will be left by the wayside.

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I recently took a Grab from Denpesar airport in Bali. The driver gave us directions to where he was waiting which I thought was odd as he could just collect us from the door. Then I realised why as there were laods of taxi drivers waiting and they were quite aggressive towards me when I refused their offers of a taxi and one or two were 'accusing' me of booking a Grab taxi. I got to admit I felt a little intimidated and lied saying that I was being collected by a friend. This is not only happening in Thailand!

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15 hours ago, Galactus said:

yep. bc of hordes of tourists. better get a small scooter and call it a day and never look back.

end of your complaints. or change the city and live somewhere quieter and less touristy.

Or use grab. Grab works well. 

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On 10/3/2018 at 8:28 PM, nahkit said:

So the bus or van just flies over the traffic jam does it?

Of course not, but bus or van you pay total 10-20 baht for the whole trip instead of sit in traffic jam and watch the meter clock over.

 

Is actually a waste of time and money both for you and the driver. 

 

this is what many farang here dont understand why taxi driver refuse the fare.

 

then of course when the farang is in a taxi caught in traffic jam, he will accuse the driver of going the long way or deliberately driving into traffic jam.

555

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5 minutes ago, tingtongtourist said:

Of course not, but bus or van you pay total 10-20 baht for the whole trip instead of sit in traffic jam and watch the meter clock over.

 

Is actually a waste of time and money both for you and the driver. 

 

this is what many farang here dont understand why taxi driver refuse the fare.

 

then of course when the farang is in a taxi caught in traffic jam, he will accuse the driver of going the long way or deliberately driving into traffic jam.

555

They never use meter in Chiang Mai.

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8 minutes ago, hobz said:

They never use meter in Chiang Mai.

Yes ok, here i was refer to using taxi in Thailand in general.

But even when must negociate, any farang who speak Thai should know the proper cost from an A to B?

 

I dont know about now, but thats the way it was when i spent time there many years ago.

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7 minutes ago, tingtongtourist said:

Yes ok, here i was refer to using taxi in Thailand in general.

But even when must negociate, any farang who speak Thai should know the proper cost from an A to B?

 

I dont know about now, but thats the way it was when i spent time there many years ago.

Another nail in the coffin for taxis then, need to learn a new language to get the correct price. Seems reasonable. Good thing grab exists.

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30 minutes ago, hobz said:

Another nail in the coffin for taxis then, need to learn a new language to get the correct price. Seems reasonable. Good thing grab exists.

haha well yes, then GRAB is probably a good thing for C.M and anywhere that dont have meter taxi or them that dont want to turn on meter.

serve them right for taking the piรร for so long if they loose out.

 

In BKK is obviously different as theres many ok taxi guys compete and quick& easy just to get one off street.

 

I do not care for this wasting time waiting, what i read about, GRAB guys ringing you up, ask where you are, after you already put the exact location google marker into the site.

 

last time i try GRAB quote off internet, they want 180baht for route that normally cost 140-160.

 

So, like air b&b, they start out with a model that supposed to be cheap.

have no costs etc. 

then sooner or later as more people use it will be more expensive than regular.

 

but of course in that area,  if you only have took-took scumbags and dodgy taxi it is a better option

 

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26 minutes ago, tingtongtourist said:

haha well yes, then GRAB is probably a good thing for C.M and anywhere that dont have meter taxi or them that dont want to turn on meter.

serve them right for taking the piรร for so long if they loose out.

 

In BKK is obviously different as theres many ok taxi guys compete and quick& easy just to get one off street.

 

I do not care for this wasting time waiting, what i read about, GRAB guys ringing you up, ask where you are, after you already put the exact location google marker into the site.

 

last time i try GRAB quote off internet, they want 180baht for route that normally cost 140-160.

 

So, like air b&b, they start out with a model that supposed to be cheap.

have no costs etc. 

then sooner or later as more people use it will be more expensive than regular.

 

but of course in that area,  if you only have took-took scumbags and dodgy taxi it is a better option

 

Agreed completely, when in BKK I use the regular cabs and ask for meter.... I have only good experiences... Well there's been a bunch that refused meter but the next one is just around the corner...

 

I think I maybe had one take the wrong route on purpose... But I don't know BKK well enough to know....

 

Grab in Bangkok calling you and asking where you are. Yes, this Happened the one time I used grab in Bangkok... In cm it didn't happen yet.. guess it depends on the area how clear it is where you are.. BKK roads if you are on the wrong side of the road it can be a long way around and no easy way to cross.

 

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On 10/2/2018 at 4:54 PM, hobz said:

The only taxi that works well in Chiang Mai is the airport taxi.. very good prices and they know where to go etc... Outside that cm is either inhale exhaust fumes (red car, tuk tuk) or pay ridiculous amounts to unmetered meter taxi. Grab wins every time.

airport taxi excellent, i use Grab for once back at the hotel

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3 hours ago, wimpy said:

Not just"farang". Thais love Grab too. Adapt, or you will be left by the wayside.

 

adapt to exploitation of a foreign company using illegal taxis? no way.

why dont you try to be fair? you use an illegal taxi. 

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1 minute ago, Galactus said:

adapt to exploitation of a foreign company using illegal taxis? no way.

 why dont you try to be fair? you use an illegal taxi.

 

Versus putting up with an established "legal" taxi system in Chiang Mai where drivers refuse to use the metre, price fix at main tourist attractions (tried lately getting a cab out of the airport for less than double what it'd actually cost?), have run-down cars and often get aggressive during the haggling process (which is mandatory because they refuse to use the metre).

 

I'll take the illegal system, if it's all the same. 

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22 minutes ago, SammyT said:

 

Versus putting up with an established "legal" taxi system in Chiang Mai where drivers refuse to use the metre, price fix at main tourist attractions (tried lately getting a cab out of the airport for less than double what it'd actually cost?), have run-down cars and often get aggressive during the haggling process (which is mandatory because they refuse to use the metre).

 

I'll take the illegal system, if it's all the same. 

yes, until they start fine the clients using grab taxi. like they did where i come from. they catch you in an Uber, they fine you bc you are using an illegal service. simple.

you live here, know the prices. but that guy can get a higher payment from a tourist. and they are spoiled by tourist paying them whatever they want.

same as in every touristic city on earth. and believe me, sooner or later, grab taxi guys also start to do the same, have a look:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293916-i3687-k10149129-Beware_of_scam_drivers_with_Bangkok_GRAB_Taxi-Bangkok.html

 

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