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Since they have learned to use a meter in Bangkok (in the past it was all but impossible to make them do it but these days quite easy), why not try to encourage the same behaviour in Chiang Mai..?

Here here! There is often a meter taxi or two outside Airport Plaza and in my experience they will only quote a fare. I have it almost down pat now – how much? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht…….by which time I am almost past them and just keep going to the road, flag down a song taew and agree to pay 20 baht. I no longer expect to get them to agree to using the meter but have to keep trying in the hope that maybe, someday, they will use the meter :o

The meters installed in the taxis are not real. its some plastic toy thing. It looks quite real though with the lights and all. Just like the 20Baht mobile plastic phone i bought for my son. Has come cool ringing tones too. :D

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QUOTE(Andy B @ 2006-03-29 11:09:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi all

Does anyone know how much is the airport taxi fare from the CM intl airport to Central Duangtawan hotel? Are there other alternatives of transportation from the airport to the hotel?

TQ

If you are not in too much of a hurry you can take bus no. 10 for 12 Baht to Night Bazar and walk the 100 m up the street.

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Since they have learned to use a meter in Bangkok (in the past it was all but impossible to make them do it but these days quite easy), why not try to encourage the same behaviour in Chiang Mai..?

Here here! There is often a meter taxi or two outside Airport Plaza and in my experience they will only quote a fare. I have it almost down pat now – how much? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht…….by which time I am almost past them and just keep going to the road, flag down a song taew and agree to pay 20 baht. I no longer expect to get them to agree to using the meter but have to keep trying in the hope that maybe, someday, they will use the meter :o

The meters installed in the taxis are not real. its some plastic toy thing. It looks quite real though with the lights and all. Just like the 20Baht mobile plastic phone i bought for my son. Has come cool ringing tones too. :D

Sorry to be thick, but you're joking right? I have been driven by meter in Chiang Mai on three occasions, and the ticking and flashing lights seemed just as real as any other taxameter I have encountered. In one case though, where I insisted on using the meter while the driver asked me to quote a price, he said "OK, but I will knock some money off the price as this meter is actually intended for taxi minibuses and not for sedan taxis like mine.. I will get a proper meter sent up from Bangkok next week." ...and at journey's end he did knock off 40 baht off the price the meter quoted.

I am not sure if this tells us anything about the meter situation in CM though.

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Since they have learned to use a meter in Bangkok (in the past it was all but impossible to make them do it but these days quite easy), why not try to encourage the same behaviour in Chiang Mai..?

Here here! There is often a meter taxi or two outside Airport Plaza and in my experience they will only quote a fare. I have it almost down pat now – how much? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht…….by which time I am almost past them and just keep going to the road, flag down a song taew and agree to pay 20 baht. I no longer expect to get them to agree to using the meter but have to keep trying in the hope that maybe, someday, they will use the meter :o

The meters installed in the taxis are not real. its some plastic toy thing. It looks quite real though with the lights and all. Just like the 20Baht mobile plastic phone i bought for my son. Has come cool ringing tones too. :D

Sorry to be thick, but you're joking right? I have been driven by meter in Chiang Mai on three occasions, and the ticking and flashing lights seemed just as real as any other taxameter I have encountered. In one case though, where I insisted on using the meter while the driver asked me to quote a price, he said "OK, but I will knock some money off the price as this meter is actually intended for taxi minibuses and not for sedan taxis like mine.. I will get a proper meter sent up from Bangkok next week." ...and at journey's end he did knock off 40 baht off the price the meter quoted.

I am not sure if this tells us anything about the meter situation in CM though.

Sounds like I’ve been unlucky in failing to persuade them to use the meter – they just point blank refuse. Perhaps the meters are toys I simply have no first hand experience of them.

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Since they have learned to use a meter in Bangkok (in the past it was all but impossible to make them do it but these days quite easy), why not try to encourage the same behaviour in Chiang Mai..?

Here here! There is often a meter taxi or two outside Airport Plaza and in my experience they will only quote a fare. I have it almost down pat now – how much? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht…….by which time I am almost past them and just keep going to the road, flag down a song taew and agree to pay 20 baht. I no longer expect to get them to agree to using the meter but have to keep trying in the hope that maybe, someday, they will use the meter :o

The meters installed in the taxis are not real. its some plastic toy thing. It looks quite real though with the lights and all. Just like the 20Baht mobile plastic phone i bought for my son. Has come cool ringing tones too. :D

Sorry to be thick, but you're joking right? I have been driven by meter in Chiang Mai on three occasions, and the ticking and flashing lights seemed just as real as any other taxameter I have encountered. In one case though, where I insisted on using the meter while the driver asked me to quote a price, he said "OK, but I will knock some money off the price as this meter is actually intended for taxi minibuses and not for sedan taxis like mine.. I will get a proper meter sent up from Bangkok next week." ...and at journey's end he did knock off 40 baht off the price the meter quoted.

I am not sure if this tells us anything about the meter situation in CM though.

Sounds like I’ve been unlucky in failing to persuade them to use the meter – they just point blank refuse. Perhaps the meters are toys I simply have no first hand experience of them.

of course i am joking. but they might as well be toys and now that you mentioned it, no point installing one in the first place. just have a schedule card and pricing - one for the thais and one for the farangs.

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That was funny "card and pricing - one for the thais and one for the farangs". Lived in Samui before where EVERYONE think they should have more becuase you are falang. TAXI meter there-everything 300 bath or more. "Red pickup taxi" should always have more so, I just keep the "right" amount in my hand I gave them that. Yep they scream after you but who cares.

So far I like CM and I have never had any problem (have'nt try the TAXI meter though). But if they don't go by meter don't use them. Why accept it? Thats why they do it. Someone start argue about a price just go away.

One more thing, why should they charge you 50 bath TO the airport? They have some fee to go inside but not 50 bath.

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Since they have learned to use a meter in Bangkok (in the past it was all but impossible to make them do it but these days quite easy), why not try to encourage the same behaviour in Chiang Mai..?

Here here! There is often a meter taxi or two outside Airport Plaza and in my experience they will only quote a fare. I have it almost down pat now – how much? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht. Meter please? 150 baht…….by which time I am almost past them and just keep going to the road, flag down a song taew and agree to pay 20 baht. I no longer expect to get them to agree to using the meter but have to keep trying in the hope that maybe, someday, they will use the meter :o

I walk out to the street and grab a "baht bus" too. For a custom ride, off his normal route, I cough up 40 baht or 50 baht. I hop up front with the guy and smile a lot.

(Usually I head over to the Montri Hotel, Thaepae Gate area, the Montri will take their customers TO the airport for free on a set schedule.)

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I walk out to the street and grab a "baht bus" too. For a custom ride, off his normal route, I cough up 40 baht or 50 baht. I hop up front with the guy and smile a lot.

(Usually I head over to the Montri Hotel, Thaepae Gate area.)

I bet the driver smiles a lot too. I always pay 20 baht for the same ride and no one has ever asked for more. :o

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Well knock me down with a feather…..I’ve just got back home by taxi meter. Flagged it down the other side of town, told him my destination and hopped in. No problems, questions etc on went the meter (40 baht flag fall) and off we went. Arrived at the front door with the meter showing 55 baht – a tuk tuk would have cost more. Splendid service – if I owned a hat I might be tempted to eat it for dinner.

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