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Suvarnabhumi van-taxis threaten to stop service

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Many of the previous posters have it right, let them instigate a ban, and let it last as long as they like. It was correctly stated that this has come about because of administrative inaction or just plain shady and corrupt deals in the past.

If the taxi mafia are to be "educated" then it shall take quite some considerable time, the tourists are largely unaware of the alternative ways to reach Bangkok from the airport, that may never change, but a more resolute approach from us locals should be achievable.

Get the bus or the train, you know it makes sense!

Let them strike as long as they want, schedule more buses to operate into the city , if insufficient buses just use the military transport until such times the taxi drivers wakeup to the reality of life.

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Many of the previous posters have it right, let them instigate a ban, and let it last as long as they like. It was correctly stated that this has come about because of administrative inaction or just plain shady and corrupt deals in the past.

If the taxi mafia are to be "educated" then it shall take quite some considerable time, the tourists are largely unaware of the alternative ways to reach Bangkok from the airport, that may never change, but a more resolute approach from us locals should be achievable.

Get the bus or the train, you know it makes sense!

Let them strike as long as they want, schedule more buses to operate into the city , if insufficient buses just use the military transport until such times the taxi drivers wakeup to the reality of life.

Military transport would need escorts to prevent 'kamikaze' attacks. Recall a taxi vs a tank not too long ago?

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I'll never forgett the first time I came here and I took a taxi to the Khao San area for 700 baht because I diddnt know any better at the time. Screw it, let them go. The Airport Rail Link is a much better deal anyways. The shuttle to the airport bus station is also free.

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But its not like you can pick what taxi you get. Im sure the vans would be worth a premium to some people, but for most of us, they are an inferior product.

Indeed you can choose between van and regular taxi. On the automated kiosk. I see no issue with having people who choose them to pay a surcharge. If a van picks up a passenger who chose a regular taxi then they should charge the normal fare.

I for one think there are lots who appreciate having a separate taxi van queue and.have no problem paying a hundred baht more for that.

We have our own van taxi to come to the airport to meet us because until recently one was not able choose a van. We pay him 1000 THB per trip. But with the new van queue we can just go and pick any for less than half of that rate.

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Many of the previous posters have it right, let them instigate a ban, and let it last as long as they like. It was correctly stated that this has come about because of administrative inaction or just plain shady and corrupt deals in the past.

If the taxi mafia are to be "educated" then it shall take quite some considerable time, the tourists are largely unaware of the alternative ways to reach Bangkok from the airport, that may never change, but a more resolute approach from us locals should be achievable.

Get the bus or the train, you know it makes sense!

Let them strike as long as they want, schedule more buses to operate into the city , if insufficient buses just use the military transport until such times the taxi drivers wakeup to the reality of life.

Military transport would need escorts to prevent 'kamikaze' attacks. Recall a taxi vs a tank not too long ago?

Could be like the good old days - have someone ride shot-gun to keep the baddies at bay.

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Doesn't matter whether I'm off to Bangkok or Pattaya, I stuck two fingers up to these taxi drivers a long time ago...BTS and buses are good enough for me and better than them...I'm a light traveler but if you happen to have too many bags for that then there are quite a few taxi services that people book in advance and often mention on these forums....use them

I dislike public transport nearly as much as whining cab drivers, ive locked my push bike at the airport and left it for a few days from time to time as its the one mode of transport that is free, im in control and in charge at all times and dont have to deal with anyone or have to explain to the driver i dont want to go to his ladyboy brothel

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They buy 2.0L cars, then expect the passenger to subsidise them? Well, let them stop their usurious services; it is those, after all, that are the nub of all the problems. Let's see who gives way first; the taxis; or the passengers, who will be inconvenienced by the need to take the train, with the airport inconvenienced by the need to up their game.

No. The vans that hold more than 2 people and a couple of bags come with 2 liter engines. They're bigger, safer, generally newer, and more comfortable. Oh, and they do cost more to operate.

I'm 100% in favor of allowing them to charge more than the little 1.5 liter, 4 door POS's I generally ride in. I'm also in favor of allowing those drivers who buy new cars to charge more than the 10 year old cars with bad clutches and squeaky brakes.

In fact, if I could choose- I'd gladly pay more to select one of the bigger (newer, with seat belts not hidden) van style taxis- even riding alone. Not AOT limousine more, but 50 baht more? In a heartbeat.

But since I generally travel alone, they always line me up with the standard, tiny 4 door POS.

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No problem let them go, there are enough alternatives for half the price.

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Hopefully they sort this out. If two or three of you arrive with a fair amount of baggage, a normal taxi doesn't cut it.

A lot of times when I arrive at Suvarnabhumi, I have a lot of luggage from international flights... and I WANT the larger van type taxis...

But at least using the downstairs taxi queue, they're almost impossible to find or even request. The only taxis I ever see picking up passengers down there are the regular four-door sedans, typically with the trunk half occupied by the fuel tank.

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What does fuel have to do with cng or gas? All of them run on gas.

Who forced them to buy bigger engines?

Can only hope AOT does not give in to this scammers.

Do you know just how cheap cng is....its pennies compared to "gas"

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Hopefully they sort this out. If two or three of you arrive with a fair amount of baggage, a normal taxi doesn't cut it.

A lot of times when I arrive at Suvarnabhumi, I have a lot of luggage from international flights... and I WANT the larger van type taxis...

But at least using the downstairs taxi queue, they're almost impossible to find or even request. The only taxis I ever see picking up passengers down there are the regular four-door sedans, typically with the trunk half occupied by the fuel tank.

Try the new electronic kiosks. Separate choice of van or regular taxi is available. Just push on the correct picture!

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Hopefully they sort this out. If two or three of you arrive with a fair amount of baggage, a normal taxi doesn't cut it.

A lot of times when I arrive at Suvarnabhumi, I have a lot of luggage from international flights... and I WANT the larger van type taxis...

But at least using the downstairs taxi queue, they're almost impossible to find or even request. The only taxis I ever see picking up passengers down there are the regular four-door sedans, typically with the trunk half occupied by the fuel tank.

I suspect they're scarce at times, but every time I use the new "semi-auto" system, they ask how many in my party. Answer is usually "one" so they give me a 4 door POS. The folks that answer "a lot" get the van style.

The trade-off is that I usually get the first slip out of the machine, while those needing a van may have to wait a few more minutes. I've even bypassed others in the line who were waiting on a slip of paper indicating a bigger car. Apparently, taxi details are on the slip.

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I have been surprised at the proliferation of larger taxis in Bangkok. Vehicles like Toyota's Fortuna costing near 1.5 million baht competing with the Toyota Corolla's at about half the cost. What were the owners of the big cars thinking about their return on investment ? Get yourselves a smaller vehicle (Or two of them for the same price) and you may well make some money.

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