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Bit of a no-brainer really..Tuk-tuk Mafia charge 5-10x normal rate..& have got pretty damn smug about doing so..they're not gonna back-pedal down to 'normal rate' for a Farang fare now are they..?

But wait a mo..in comes our Red-Star boys..the soviets will offer the same transportation at the real (fair) price..everyone jumps on THEIR buses from the airport etc..leaving the Tuk-Tuk drivers (who, if truth be known,very few hail from the island & have come down to get their slice of the Farang-funded cake)..left on street corners stewing & promising retaliation.. yes, revoke the licences of the militant drivers, slim the 3-wheel menace fleet down to half, then let's see how they fair then..???

But on Pukkers this is unlikely to happen as the MIB, T.T.owners, & Jet-Ski operators seem to run the resort, & the T.A.T. has no chance of making the tourist's 2 weeks any better. (Rant over).

Have you ever been to Phuket? As it seems your rant is rather clueless. The tuk tuks here are not three wheeled to start... Then there are the local fiefdoms, which are really the main problem. And lastly Russians, or any other foreigner, cannot be in the transportation business, it is against Thai law.

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

You obviously don't live in Phuket!

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"One tuk-tuk driver responded, “Tell Chalerm that in Phuket we no longer have rice fields. We just have tuk-tuks. This is the only way we can make a living.”"

If this is true then I can empathize.

Bullshit, most of the tuk tuk drivers are not locals but from essan and i doubt they ever had two baht to rub together. If their locals all they have is their beloved tuk tuk cause they sold their land and had fun for a year or two (i know a few thai's that this is true for).

Bring in the military

Tuk-tuk drivers from Issan ?? Are you sure about that? In all my years here I`ve never once met a tuk-tuk driver from Issan.They are all from Phuket,South Thailand and mostly muslims.Same with the MB-taxi drivers on the island......southern-Thais all of them.

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Should do like Thatcher and break up the unions or at least this one...

Dont these people relize they are the puss that poisons phuket.

. there will alway be work driving people if they cant over charge maybe they could get a job working for a hotel as a driver . ridiculous to state' how can we make a living as other people charge 1/2 the price'. when in BKK you can drive around the city all day for the same price that a Phuket Taxi or tut tut will charge for a 5 minute trip down the road.

I think if i was govenor i'd tell 'em to drop their prices act more proffesssionally or I'd ban Tut Tuts altogether in exchange for a tram service all over the island..

ps. what happens to all the meters on the Taxi's has anyone ever experienced a taxi charging by the meter? Its law in BKK dont know about nationally!!

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

You obviously don't live in Phuket!

Doesn't matter where you live, "Chiang mai" states the obvious. Only in Phuket is a small Daihatsu van refered to as a "Tuk tuk." Most of the drivers actually refer to themselves as Taxi drivers and have "Taxi" stickers on their vans.

Not trying to be a wiki warrior Jimi but here you are: "The auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk (Thai: ตุ๊กตุ๊ก, pronounced "took-took") or sam-lor (Thai: สามล้อ) meaning three-wheeler in Thailand"

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"One tuk-tuk driver responded, “Tell Chalerm that in Phuket we no longer have rice fields. We just have tuk-tuks. This is the only way we can make a living.”"

If this is true then I can empathize.

Bullshit, most of the tuk tuk drivers are not locals but from essan and i doubt they ever had two baht to rub together. If their locals all they have is their beloved tuk tuk cause they sold their land and had fun for a year or two (i know a few thai's that this is true for).

Bring in the military

Tuk-tuk drivers from Issan ?? Are you sure about that? In all my years here I`ve never once met a tuk-tuk driver from Issan.They are all from Phuket,South Thailand and mostly muslims.Same with the MB-taxi drivers on the island......southern-Thais all of them.

I am sure - would you like to meet some?

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i know a few here in Kamala and Patong

Tuk tuk to me refers to any small vehicles (Ie. not a car) that carries passengers,

there are some cool ones pulled by motorcycles, ( forget where in Thailand but they are like the ones in Cambodia which to me to me are Tuk Tuk as well)

or the Black ones in India and Nepal

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

Tuk in Thai is supossed to mean cheap.

Now theres a joke for you.

They should be renamed Pooket phaaeng phaaeng mafia

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"One tuk-tuk driver responded, “Tell Chalerm that in Phuket we no longer have rice fields. We just have tuk-tuks. This is the only way we can make a living.”"

If this is true then I can empathize.

Bullshit, most of the tuk tuk drivers are not locals but from essan and i doubt they ever had two baht to rub together. If their locals all they have is their beloved tuk tuk cause they sold their land and had fun for a year or two (i know a few thai's that this is true for).

Bring in the military

Tuk-tuk drivers from Issan ?? Are you sure about that? In all my years here I`ve never once met a tuk-tuk driver from Issan.They are all from Phuket,South Thailand and mostly muslims.Same with the MB-taxi drivers on the island......southern-Thais all of them.

I am sure - would you like to meet some?

I`ve met plenty and my thai language skills are basic,but I can hear the the difference between a southerner and one from Issan.

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

Tuk in Thai is supossed to mean cheap.

Now theres a joke for you.

They should be renamed Pooket phaaeng phaaeng mafia

"An auto rickshaw or three-wheeler (tuk-tuk, trishaw, auto, rickshaw,

autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, or baby taxi in popular"...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuk-Tuk

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Hmm, if it has three wheels it's probably a tuk tuk, if it's got four then it's certainly not, I'm afraid we've all got used over time to refering to the small red taxi's as tuk tuks, which they really are not.

Tuk in Thai is supossed to mean cheap.

Now theres a joke for you.

They should be renamed Pooket phaaeng phaaeng mafia

"An auto rickshaw or three-wheeler (tuk-tuk, trishaw, auto, rickshaw,

autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, or baby taxi in popular"...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuk-Tuk

It was supposed to be a joke but then again I forgot this is TV where humour is banned.

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Tuk-tuk drivers from Issan ?? Are you sure about that? In all my years here I`ve never once met a tuk-tuk driver from Issan.They are all from Phuket,South Thailand and mostly muslims.Same with the MB-taxi drivers on the island......southern-Thais all of them.

"One tuk-tuk driver responded, “Tell Chalerm that in Phuket we no longer have rice fields. We just have tuk-tuks. This is the only way we can make a living.”"

If this is true then I can empathize.

Bullshit, most of the tuk tuk drivers are not locals but from essan and i doubt they ever had two baht to rub together. If their locals all they have is their beloved tuk tuk cause they sold their land and had fun for a year or two (i know a few thai's that this is true for).

Bring in the military

I am sure - would you like to meet some?

I`ve met plenty and my thai language skills are basic,but I can hear the the difference between a southerner and one from Issan.

Perhaps your Thai language skills are at a level to distinguish between regions, brushnig up on your English reading skills maybe useful? YOU mentioned no Tuk tuk dirver are from the Issan I asked if you would like to meet some?

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@ eezergood

What sane person would actually want to meet a Phuket tuk-tuk driver? :) :)

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@ eezergood

What sane person would actually want to meet a Phuket tuk-tuk driver? smile.pngsmile.png

VERY good point :)

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