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BANGKOK 20 February 2019 03:39
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When a "stupid" taxi rip off is not enough! Now a US dollar is worth the same as a Euro!

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1 hour ago, korkenzieher said:

The concept of repeat customers, and spreading your business through good reputation isn't very high on their list. Maybe it is just the case that there's no-one there, because the once-bitten-twice-shy response to this, has worked its way through just about everybody that might want to go there.

Thai already have the reputation of being scammers, these taxidrivers just confirm that again....ask a European about their holiday in thailand and scamming comes up within 3 minutes.

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It's just like that: <deleted> them off and don't use any service!!!

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6 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Maybe the taxi driver logic is that the Dollar/Euro 'numbers' are smaller than in Baht. so the gullible tourists will think it's not expensive?

Yep. Nothing to beat Thai logic - except Thai taxi driver logic. 

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52 minutes ago, Kieran00001 said:

 

There are fixed price taxi points all over the island, they are a bit overpriced by Thai standards but they are nothing like the prices shown here, so no it has not been like this on Samui for decades, no one pays $100 for a taxi, they cost from 300 to 600 baht anywhere.

That is irrelevant. It has been overpriced on Samui for decades. The taxis remain unregulated. They will never use their meters. And nobody is attempting to fix the problem. I have never seen that bizarre sign either. But that does not mean prices are not out of proportion to elsewhere in Thailand. 

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7 hours ago, BestB said:

The assumption is wrong thinking that taxi drivers think foreigners are stupid. Fact is taxi drivers are stupid , they do not know the difference between euro or dollar 😂

a better solution would be to introduce competition in the form of UBER or GRAB

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7 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Maybe the taxi driver logic is that the Dollar/Euro 'numbers' are smaller than in Baht. so the gullible tourists will think it's not expensive?

With the current exchange rate it should be about 135€ (rounded up to the next paper denomination). That is still 120 baht more.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Olmate said:

These signs not in Phuket ! No scam taxi,s here either, if you think price is high you bargain, same every where. Why is it scamming to ask a high price.? 

These prices are waaay above "high". These prices are criminally high.

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2 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Seems meter taxi not yet invented there.

good reason for never to go back there again.

But the markings, including the light on the roof, on all the taxis say: 'TAXI METER'... LOL, TiT

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A good rule of thumb in almost any country that does not quote prices in local currency is to walk away; prices in USD are certain to be a rip off.

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This is seemingly a price which they keep in the taxis for cruise ship customers that get of the boats in Nathon . I'm guessing they think the customers will be a one time deal so whack them for whatever and if the customer doesn't want to pay then they will be left standing in nathon not having seen much of samui . Most people getting of a cruise boat wouldn't know about baht buses etc or how to use them and if on a cruise ship they usually have a set time allowed on shore.

Taxis here don't use meters. They have them usually for display if stopped or checked by the army etc but most if not all are hidden where the stereo would be or on the dash under a cover. I use them regularly every week for last 12 years and not once has one had its meter on .

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7 minutes ago, ronaldo0 said:

This is seemingly a price which they keep in the taxis for cruise ship customers that get of the boats in Nathon . I'm guessing they think the customers will be a one time deal so whack them for whatever and if the customer doesn't want to pay then they will be left standing in nathon not having seen much of samui . Most people getting of a cruise boat wouldn't know about baht buses etc or how to use them and if on a cruise ship they usually have a set time allowed on shore.

Taxis here don't use meters. They have them usually for display if stopped or checked by the army etc but most if not all are hidden where the stereo would be or on the dash under a cover. I use them regularly every week for last 12 years and not once has one had its meter on .

I'd say you are spot on. I used to stay in Lamai for about 2 months a year since 2000 but have not been back for 8 years as the atmosphere is all gone. I have never used a taxi as I heard it cost 300 Baht just for the shortest trips. Although not cheap, wins and baht buses were not too bad. Renting a bike or walking was the best way to get around.

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When traders accept hard currency instead of local currency it's normally the start of the collapse of the local economy. 

 

Happening all over in third world countries, try buying anything with Zimbabwe dollar.

 

Collapse of the Baht - bring it on :thumbsup:

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