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BANGKOK 19 February 2019 12:55
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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 hours ago, sahibji said:

Alas the curse of too much democracy and the complete lack of understanding of democracy and complete selfishness and fear of competition and free trade. operators have to learn how to take the heat when doing business 0r else get out of it.

Eer... this is THAILAND ! With the state of current national education and a strong pulse of the elites on the economy , there is little incentive to innovate ... they are happy with the current status quo. 

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2 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

Why would the do that? 

 

It it would involve effort & they may end up catching people resulting in more effort & paper work...  

 

.....And for what? Making life easier for people who don’t even live here & who will Just go home after spending their money. 

 

...it makes much more financial sense to keep the taxi mafia payoffs coming in and keeping those in local positions of power ‘pleased’.... 

 

Maybe the two main tourists island hotspots ( Phuket and samui) are seriously feeling the heat of low arrivals in the peak season and realized that something need to be done? Before the last nail into the coffin ? Maybe the regular tourists finally realized that there are better deals in the neighboring countries with a more welcoming attitude? And less scams.? 

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33 minutes ago, Ctkong said:

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. 

I think you are right. I hear there are about five families that control Samui. Also five gangland families on Dark Tao. Samui seems to be pretty well run. The taxis probably pay tribute to the local families. The government has no control at all. None. Dark Tao is completely out of control. 

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It always takes the media and social media to highlight everything that is wrong, its never salaried, proactive officials. Anyone with reasonable eyesight can see these rip off artists' signs, so I wonder why those in charge of Samui can't, or just don't want to.

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It is all too late because the whole of the international community already know how hospitable Thailand is.

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No more cheating of Tourists and foreigners?

 

One thought comes to mind on reading this statement...it is 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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They have been fleecing people for 10 years that I know of personally. That sign seems way higher than I recall though. A baht bus from one end of Chaweng's main road to the bottom would cost you 300 baht per person (1/2mile, maybe). I know the Svarmabhumi Metered Taxis are back to their old tricks; now asking 1,600 baht to Pattaya. 

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

I think you are right. I hear there are about five families that control Samui. Also five gangland families on Dark Tao. Samui seems to be pretty well run. The taxis probably pay tribute to the local families. The government has no control at all. None. Dark Tao is completely out of control. 

I was warned by Thais, 15 years ago not to go to Koh Tao.

I was teasing a Thai friend at one point and told him I'd pay for his entire vacation to join us, he told me adamantly, that he would not go there. When a Thai turns down something for free, you know there is a problem.

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11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

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

It's just struck me, I know where I've heard a very similar phrase before - the Monty Python Bruces sketch:

Rule 2: No member of the faculty is to maltreat the Abos tourists in any way whatsoever—if there's anyone watching.

 

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When will someone in the government wake up 

its been going on for years and will never change 

but the worst rip off is the thai government keeping the thai bht to high the exchange rate is killing tourists that is why no high season this year Thailand is half empty 

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5 hours ago, meinphuket said:

It always takes the media and social media to highlight everything that is wrong, its never salaried, proactive officials. Anyone with reasonable eyesight can see these rip off artists' signs, so I wonder why those in charge of Samui can't, or just don't want to.

The final words in your post seem about right to me!

 

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Scum bags at the airport - but I tell ya, you better be tooled up if you intend on dealing with these boys. They WILL not go down without a fight - a real fight, on their own ground.

 

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