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16 minutes ago, Henryford said:

Charging double for 2 is the biggest rip off. Does a car taxi charge double for 2 people?

Yes, I have come across that for airport transfers in the USA.

As to a M/C taxi taking 2.... I figure you as colluding to do something illegal and should pay more.

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Motorcycle taxi rider scammed foreign tourists - now he has nothing, fixed it for him

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1 hour ago, Eindhoven said:

Don't get me started on the clowns who would happily pay double for a 'twos up' with their latest find on a bike and imagined the 'win' was doing them a favour.

They basically force you pay double or walk, I rarely put myself in that position these days. Another reason to boycott them

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2 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

They basically force you pay double or walk, I rarely put myself in that position these days. Another reason to boycott them

If I am in a hurry, it is getting late and I have an inkling to switch my location, I use one. Needs must... I usually give them a 100 baht note after haggling for 60 baht. Sometimes I get a polite thanks, more often a bit of grumpiness... I sometimes think every one of them hates us!

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15 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

yes, depends on the route of course, if short, 40 baht or nothing, they choose

If it's short, I walk.  

 

Never paid any less than 60 baht, but never paid any more than 60 baht.  

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13 hours ago, Eindhoven said:

40 baht is completely normal. Sounds as if you have been ripped off on a regular basis.

I don't use them much, but when I have used them, I have paid 60 baht.  I wouldn't call the journey short, and the most I have ever paid is 60 baht.  

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13 hours ago, Nout said:

Yes

Seems I could be paying over the odds.  I don't try to barter them down from 60 baht to 40 baht. 

 

How many meters / kms / minutes would you get for 40 baht?  I would say my average journey is around 3 kms, for which I pay 60 baht.  Doesn't sound far, but in traffic, takes some time.  

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4 hours ago, Wongkitlo said:

Last week at night I went from Naklua fish market to Takhiantia about 6 km for 60 baht. I paid him more. I am in the suburbs  but for a short trip-1 km -I pay 20 baht. They may charge tourist price in season but there are not many tourists at the moment.  I'd bet Thais pay 20 baht.

For anything under 1 km I just walk.  When I do use them, my trips are around 3 kms long.  This is probably why I always pay 60 baht.

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5 minutes ago, Leaver said:

For anything under 1 km I just walk.  When I do use them, my trips are around 3 kms long.  This is probably why I always pay 60 baht.

Yes I was in a hurry. Usually I walk.

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4 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

They basically force you pay double or walk, I rarely put myself in that position these days. Another reason to boycott them

 

Erm...the choice to to take two bikes. 

Though I have noticed that they then try to put the price up for a single bike. They think that the tourists/expats are stupid. In some cases they are, in others, the tourist/expat doesn't want to look bad in front of their hired help and relents.

 

So I don't have any sympathy for the scam artists and crooks and every sympathy for the 'win' trying to make an honest living.

 

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2 hours ago, Leaver said:

Seems I could be paying over the odds.  I don't try to barter them down from 60 baht to 40 baht. 

 

How many meters / kms / minutes would you get for 40 baht?  I would say my average journey is around 3 kms, for which I pay 60 baht.  Doesn't sound far, but in traffic, takes some time.  

 

I think if you think of the minimum fare as covering around 2km and then add 10 baht for each km or thereabouts, you won't be far out..

 

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First 2km 25Baht

Additional 5baht per km for trips 2-5km

Additional 10Baht per km for trips 5-10km

Trips over 15km negotiable to max 150Baht

The above in 2016 was the countrywide mandated fare

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