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BANGKOK 19 February 2019 12:19
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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, sahibji said:

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

So they can be vandalized, harassed, and beat up?

Great idea....

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3 minutes ago, maddox41 said:

It's nothing new they all think we are rich stupid Farangs. 

What makes me laugh if we are all rich we can't be that <deleted>.... Stupid ???  I have never meet a culture of  people that think they are so intelligent of there ignorance.   Blows my mind and as you all know when you live here long enough  speak Thai they stay away  from you like the plague. As you not stupid no more.  They have a scam radar but in to their brain 

 

 

A slightly odd and funny post but actually, right on. 🙂

 

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4 hours ago, geriatrickid said:

The metered taxis   are not allowed access to the key tourist locales from Kata to Surin and you know it. The metered taxis  refuse to use the meter from the airport and I had multiple confrontations with the drivers. Not  an option to argue as they are all in on the the price fixing.

It's offensive to those of us who have been around and had to deal with the rip offs of everyone from the illegal taxi mobsters, to the tuk tuks, to the other organized crime entities, when you claim that there isn't an intentional rip off in effect. No sangthaew options in Patong are there? It is deplorable that they were  charging 400 baht to honest and decent elderly Scandanavian and Japanese tourists  to go less than 1 km. The transportation . problems have been  discussed for the past decade and I remind you that the public bus system was sabotaged by the  tuk tuk groups who used physical threats and violence to  interfere.

Thailand islands mafia rigging the system with the compliance of the authorities... tourists can vote with their feet and ultimately Thailand had to take punitive actions on the fate of their tourism industry... 

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3 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

This post is amusing. It has been like this on Samui for decades now. None of the authorities are as powerful as the Samui taxi mafia. Yes, that includes Prayuth, and his all powerful army. Not long after they seized power, they came into Samui by the hundreds. They insisted that the taxis start using their meters. The taxis all agreed. As is always the case with anything the army and this administration does, after two weeks, all was forgotten, and there was no follow up. If you flagged a taxi and asked him to use his meter, he looked at you like you were from Mars, and laughed at you. Been the same ever since. Samui is the biggest taxi scam in Thailand. Always has been, and probably always will be. It is still the Wild Wild West there. These guys are above the law. And and all laws. 

Don’t go to Samui to feed those mafia economy. Vote with your feet. 30 years in Thailand and I never been to samui. Read and heard too much negativivity about it. Never regret it. There are other islands in ASEAN more worthy of my money and attention. 

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3 hours ago, theguyfromanotherforum said:

You guys are completely wrong if you think Taxi drivers are stupid. It's tourists that are stupid.

 

Back in the day, I used to work for a big e-commerce site and prices on some items were 400-500% higher than in local store. People would still buy it because they either didn't know better or were just too lazy to shop around. Taxis are doing the same thing. Most tourists know it's a rip off, but a few will still hire them. Why put 6 times the work for the same amount of money when Somchai can be sleeping all day and get 1 dumb tourists to pay the price. It's a numbers game.... just as if you were on tinder.

 

 

Agree. The tourists are partly to blame for being an enabler... especially those on a 2 weeks vacation. They set up a price bar that others had to follow. 

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8 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.? 

Because there is no bargaining this is their set price 

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3 hours ago, pennine said:

I commented once before on the price of taxis in Samui. 500 baht from the airport to Choeng Mon, a 10 minute trip. Compare with 400 baht from Suvarnibhumi to Sukhumvit, 45 minutes to an hour. And if that's not sufficient outrageousness, they charge extra if they have to go up a hill!! And I'm a resident, not a tourist.

I can empathize with those residents in samui paying the same price as tourists.. no two tier system for residents and tourists?  

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Forget Samui. I was out for a two week explore of Samui, Pangan and Koh Tao. Could not get a decent taxi or bus fare from Samui airport to my hotel, so canceled the hotel and moved on to Pangan.

 

Forget Samui

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50 minutes ago, Ctkong said:

Don’t go to Samui to feed those mafia economy.

Have not lived on Samui for a couple of years but back then the taxis/vans at the airport were run by Russians exclusively. The local Thai drivers were not allowed in the airport arrival area unless you had booked them by phone before arriving.

 

Not saying that they are not overpriced but that last trip from Lamai to the airport with my regular driver was 500 baht, the meter was on but he asked would I pay the usual price that I had been paying for years..

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Something amiss i have seen lots of taxi price list and they all differ most of them in thai baht.  

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11 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 😂

Any man that can ask for and get (even if only one in ten cough it up) $150 or Euro is in my humble opinion....very far from being a stupid man ...I think the original statement is correct.

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4 hours ago, Kieran00001 said:

Lived on Samui for years, taken plenty of taxis and never seen fares anything like this, they all have the same card, I guess its issued to them, and the charges are capped at 600 baht.  I think this is probably just a photoshopped joke.

Of course, I have a car two motorbike and rarely take a taxi in Samui, the last I took was from Nathon to Lamai I paid 600 ฿

Sorry a bit off topic with my฿ So back to OP I paid 18$ 50 cents

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