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Mentally Unstable Songtow Driver

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Last week three of us stopped a red songtow driving down Nimmanhemin. We asked the driver if he could take us to Dukes, on the river. He agreed, and we entered the back of the songtow. It was an older model vehicle with the rear covering head room being much lower than the average songtow. When we arrived at Dukes, I gave the driver 60 baht. He looked at me in disbelief and demanded 1000 baht. Then I was looking in disbelief. I explained, if he had mentioned he wanted 1000 baht we would have never went with him. The driver started screaming at us demanding we hand over 1000 baht. Not wanting to agitate him further, I calmly explained we were not going to pay 1000 baht and I was going to call the police.

After the driver realized this is going nowhere, he drove off at a high rate of speed almost causing a collision with a tuk tuk. Unfortunately, there was a western tourist in the back of his vehicle with his eyes bugged out, since he knew he would be next to deal with this guy. Please be on your guard for a red songtow fitting the above mentioned description with an older unstable driver. This guy is a danger to himself and others. sad.png

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Maybe he was on drugs. He needed the 1000 baht to buy more drugs.

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I have found almost all Songtow Drivers to be Good, decent folk.

Off Hand I can only think of one occasion when I had problems with a bad one.

Returning from Thaepe Area about 8 one night I offered B100, for a trip to Tannon Suthep, Lang Mo, or Back gate of University.

Never had a problem before as this is over the odds for the journey.

I jumped in front and driver dropped off a young girl on the Irrigation canal quite close to where I was going then as he pulled away demanded B150.

Stop I get out No pay.

He mumbled in Thai and kept driving and dropped me off as agreed.

I paid the agreed B100 and he apologised.

john

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"Please be on your guard for a red songtow fitting the above mentioned description with an older unstable driver." That's a really useful description cheesy.gif

I apologize for not taking a photo of the driver and his songtow, but at the time we were more concerned about the drivers unstable demeanor. This is just a public service announcement and nothing to get hysterical about. I have been here for about 6 years, and have never experienced an encounter like this before.

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Twenty baht a head doesn't make the nut anymore (See fuel prices!) but 1000 baht is somewhat excessive. To say the least.

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I am surprised that more of this doesn't happen. In Thailand the police do nothing when criminals demand money, so why wouldn't every business in Thailand try to rip everyone off?

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Twenty baht a head doesn't make the nut anymore (See fuel prices!) but 1000 baht is somewhat excessive. To say the least.

you should have negotiated the price before getting in. 60 Baht for 3 passengers from Nimman to the Dukes is unreasonable as that is not a normal route but a private hire. i agree that 1,000 is too high but you should have expected to pay much more than 60 Baht.

When we returned to Nimmanheimn from Dukes, the songtow driver charged us 20 baht apiece. When the drivers are going in the general direction you are requesting, 60 baht for three people is normally what is charged. Almost without exception, if the drivers want more than 20 baht apiece, they will share this information with you before embarking on your journey.

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I pay 20B from Canal Road to Kaad Luang, nearly Dukes, never a problem.

People paying more are causing problems like the OP experienced.

And whoever said 20B doesn't cut it, fuel prices are up, needs to check the price of diesel. Been 30B a litre for years.

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