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BANGKOK 18 March 2019 20:47
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Altercation with a taxi driver

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Just now, Spidey said:

 

7 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

I’m going to load up on sprouts and start exacting my revenge! 

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Same as sprouts if you really want some ripping farts.

 

It’s a shame the craft beer is so pricey, just to top off the effect - I’m all class !!! 

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23 minutes ago, lanng khao said:

Spot on spidey lad, you can write it anyway you want, saying it right is another thing.

Sent from my SHT-W09 using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

I learnt my Thai by listening and speaking to Thais. I always write it down phonetically. Easier to get the pronunciation right that way.

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Simply buy yourself a bicycle. Easiest and quickest way by far to get around central Bangkok. It's almost completely flat, so dead easy to cycle around and you'll be amazed how quickly you can get anywhere. Plus, of course it's free and counts towards your daily exercise. Just buy a sturdy bike lock (preferably two) and make sure you lock it up well to a lamppost and remember where you put it. You can also attach a child seat on the back for the Thai GF. Works fine as long as she's not over 50 kg. Another basket for carrying shopping on the front. Perfect solution.

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2 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I once called it and they told me to call the tourist police. I called the tourist police and they told me to call 1584.

At least you can say you called everybody 😉 

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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

If the guys who say they never have problems can go to Sukhumvit Soi 11 at about midnight... see how they get on obtaining a metered taxi...  

 

issues are generally related to your location, your destination and whether or not the driver is an a33ho!e !!!  

I live there and I know that sometimes its difficult to get a taxi-meter.

So you ask the driver and if he refuses to switch on the meter then you close the door and ask the next one, and the next one.

I agree that is annoying but it's easy to just say no and don't drive with any of them.

If necessary I walk or take a motorcycle taxi to the main road and get the taxi-meter there. Ok, that's maybe 5 or 10 minutes walking but that's it.

Life if too short to get upset about those drivers.

And in my experience the issue can be solved before sitting down in the taxi. If you don't like the driver just don't go with that one. I had very seldom any problems after the driver knew the destination and agreed to switch on the meter.

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4 minutes ago, JaiLai said:
21 minutes ago, champers said:
Hello Rambo. We've been waiting for you.

Hello buttercup, I’m here now - fear not.

 

You should add a picture to make your point 😉

I am sure most taxi drivers would be impressed.

john_rambo__sylvester_stallone_wallpaper

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2 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

If the guys who say they never have problems can go to Sukhumvit Soi 11 at about midnight... see how they get on obtaining a metered taxi...

Only a rookie tourist tries to do that. The rest of us walk a few blocks and call a grab

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A few years back many long termers on here will remember the American guy who got into an argument with a taxi coincidently not far from this similar altercation.He paid for it with his life in the worst possible way.The Thai taxi driver pulled a sword out of his boot and just about sliced his head off..all over a few dollars!Not worth the grief and the hassle mate..just put it down to life's experiences and move on!

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9 hours ago, Nyezhov said:
11 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

If the guys who say they never have problems can go to Sukhumvit Soi 11 at about midnight... see how they get on obtaining a metered taxi...

Only a rookie tourist tries to do that. The rest of us walk a few blocks and call a grab

Why do you walk a few blocks an call a grab? You can just walk a few blocks to the main street, in this case Sukhumit Road or Sukhumvit Soi 3, and get a metered taxi there, there are enough of them. Putting a hand out is just fine, you don't have to call anyone.

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Why didn't you you just tell him to turn when you were at the sub-soi?  

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2 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Why do you walk a few blocks an call a grab? You can just walk a few blocks to the main street, in this case Sukhumit Road or Sukhumvit Soi 3, and get a metered taxi there, there are enough of them. Putting a hand out is just fine, you don't have to call anyone.

I dunno I have been using Grab a bit more lately as it is only 20 baht more and I am meeting some cool younger drivers who speak better English. Plus I get to ride in different cars vis a vis the ubiquitous Toyota. Got a brand new Mazda 3 the other day and it was pretty nice. Only $24K in the USA.

 

I havent had much of a problem getting a meter like you say. Closing time is a bitch, but its all good.

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My Mrs is Bangkok born and bred knows the city pretty well, and most times better than the taxi driver

When we are  in Bangkok a lot  taxi rides are an adventure and or argument.

The OP is not alone!  

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