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No more fleecing of tourists on Koh Samui, deputy governor tells media after taxi fare scandal

 

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Following a crisis meeting over the fleecing of tourists on Koh Samui the deputy governor of Surat Thani has said enough is enough. 
 
Suthipong Khlai-udom told Manager that cabs will use the meter in future and never again will a tourist be ripped off. 
 
The issue came to the fore earlier in the week when pictures of a sign board showing huge prices for trips around the island and to its popular beaches went viral on social media via the Andaman Princess page. 
 
A non-meter trip around Samui would cost 150 dollars or 150 Euros. The drivers made no distinction between the two currencies despite a Euro being worth about four baht more. 
 
Round trips were simply double the single fare.
 
Manager said that social media experienced a wave of criticism with the following comments:
 
"Farangs won't come to Thailand any more - they will chose to go to Cambodia and Vietnam".
 
"Thais are killing tourism because of greed".
 
"Smart operators don't have pricing like this. They are shooting themselves in the foot then complaining there are no tourists".
 
"Tourists talk to each other, compare prices and go for the best ones". 
 
Such comments prompted the deputy governor to send a representative of the island's Department of Land Transport (DLT) to investigate. 
 
Worakiti Chaichana found it was all true - the signs were in taxis that picked up tourists fresh off luxury cruise liners who had dollars and Euros in hand. 
 
But some regular taxi drivers were taking advantage of the situation in the same way and not turning on meters and fleecing tourists with huge fares. 
 
After a two hour meeting the deputy governor said he had ordered taxi drivers on the island to use the meter, dress properly and speak decently to tourists.
 
Infractions of the rules would mean immediate withdrawal of licences, he said, mentioning that such stories were damaging for tourism and would not be allowed to continue. 
 
Source: Manager
 
 
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12 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

After a two hour meeting the deputy governor said he had ordered taxi drivers on the island to use the meter, dress properly and speak decently to tourists.

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

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15 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

he had ordered taxi drivers on the island to use the meter, dress properly and speak decently to tourists

The least that tourists should expect is that drivers be properly dressed and polite when they rip-off, cheat and lie to passengers. 

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Laughable really. The story makes it seem as if this was just an isolated incident, when in reality ripping off tourists seems to be the nations favourite pastime. There seems to be a gradual recognition that people are going elsewhere because of their behaviour, but to make up for the shortfall, you can expect these greedy folk to look to sting those remaining for even more.

The statement that tourists will never again be ripped off, is almost as stupid as the behaviour that prompted the intervention.

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7 minutes ago, Cadbury said:

The least that tourists should expect is that drivers be properly dressed and polite when they rip-off, cheat and lie to passengers. 

Its only right, there should be honour amongst thieves?

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lived on the island long enough, never seen that sign.  but yet not even a little surprised.  they already said this metre thing since last december... if they were serious they would at least put up signs with a number to call if taxis refuse metres. 

but then again how safe is it to get in a taxi of someone you pissed off by reporting them?

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If the governor was serious he would chase down those taxi's and put them behind bars...now he needed 2!! hours!! to say it won't happen again....

 

I bet it will continue to happen every day again, just like last 20 years. 

 

Don't worry Samui/Phuket....my family won't come anymore even if you really fix the problem...we found much better places for our holidays outside thailand.

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19 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

As we already know Thai people do not rip off fellow Thais so who are they going to rip off now if they can't rip off tourists?

Maybe they'll start growing poisoned fruit/vegy because there are no rules for that.

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2 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

What are you talking about? They're doing it already, and have done so for decades

Well in that case they can go into the fake booze business....selling fake Johnny Walker for 1000 baht a bottle, or copy copy Heineken beer, those tourists will buy it anyway...

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