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BANGKOK 23 March 2019 11:11
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No more fleecing of tourists on Koh Samui, deputy governor tells media after taxi fare scandal

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2 minutes ago, Jiggo said:

Do they have Grab in Samui.....

Yes they do and a local service called Navigo which is spot on and much cheaper without any negotiations. Stopped using the rude and cheating Taxis ever since the service came online. Not sure why people don't vote with their fares and use people that offer fair and good service.

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No wonder TAT and the Thai's luv the Chinese Tourists so much...

 

Without access to to "free speaking" foums like TV they are not aware of the scams in Thailand.

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If this really happens maybe they wished they stayed on the mainland now the highest meter bill will be 500 baht around the whole island but that never going to happen so only 50 to a 100 baht trips thats what it will cost for most rides tourist take a taxi for 😁😁😁 only minivans for the tourists coming in by airport for the rest motorbikes 

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

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

Of course not 🤔

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Sorry, but I've just noticed this in the post:-

 

"Suthipong Khlai-udom told Manager that cabs will use the meter in future :cheesy:and never again will a tourist be ripped off.:cheesy:

 

6 hours ago, darksidedog said:

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.

And what is just as stupid is that he expects people to believe him - bit like "borrowing" numerous expensive watches from a friend who can't be contacted to verify it because he is no longer with us mortals!

 

Also have to agree with the following comment:- "but to make up for the shortfall, you can expect these greedy folk to look to sting those remaining for even more." The bog standard Thai bar owner/mama san comment when asked why their beer prices are so high compared to the one down the road that is doing a comparatively brisk trade is "Because we have no customers". I call it Thai "anti-logic"!

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

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. 

In all the years I visited Samui, not once did a taxi driver turn on a meter. 

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On 12/29/2018 at 10:12 AM, darksidedog said:

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.

You only get ripped off if you are brain dead no <deleted> way will this happen to me ☝🏻

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7 hours 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. 

Scammers are known to be usually well dressed and polite to portray a benign image before they pounced. 

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20 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

The taxi situation on Samui will never get resolved. They have had decades to work on this. Suthipong Khlai-udom should just admit the taxi mafia on Samui are far more influential and powerful than him, the army, Prayuth and all others. The army came in four years ago and tried. The truce lasted two weeks. 

 

All this is, is a weak and very transparent attempt to save face after another incident has gone viral. The southern islands are nearly lawless. Always been that way. 

 

 

They have their own tuft laws. Each provincial strongman ( mafia warlord?) follow their own interpretation of the national laws. Similar to the period when the southern provinces of China defy the orders from Beijing. 

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