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Offline Chao Choo

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Taxis in BKK
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:07:01 AM »
then i just matter-of-factly asked him back in Thai, "y u don't on the meter"

 trip was about 100B...

5555 just happened to me not long ago. Was supposed to leave for airport, and it's Monday morning, not to forget raining. Was quite worried, due to the timing and weather.

When step out of the hotel, the taxi uncle approached me, saw me with big luggage. He asked me "go where"

I knew they usually don't open meter if were to take the taxi at the hotel itself.

So I replied him, " ja pai sinabin suvarnabhumi krub pom"

He again replied me in English. Sat inside taxi he start to move, I asked him again in thai "Pii lum per meter krub"

This time round he replied me in thai. "Porgatit taxi yoo rong rem 400 bht krub"

I was about to ask him to stop he turn back, and said "ok dai per meter dai" 555

From lower sukhumit to Suvarnabhumi can cost me only about 200 bht without toll, if i didn't open my mouth, there gone 200 bht. With the 200 bht add 200 bht can enjoy one decent BK meal at airport.  ;D



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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 01:12:32 AM »
ya... from down town city to SUV costs usually ard 250-300b.... depending on traffic conditions in the city... once on highway... no sweat ald...

but try as i may... i always try not to take d cabs that are waiting by the roadside outside of malls and outside of hotels....

taxis that drive into d hotel.... usually still better than those waiting outside....

so far... i got no real complains with cabbies in bkk....
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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 02:25:33 AM »
so far.. there was 1 taxi driver that really surprised me..
i was going back to central bkk from outskirt of bkk and the fare was like 300+ baht and i forgot i dont have small change left only 1x100baht and the rest all thousand baht and the taxi driver dont have changes so i offered to go to 7-11 n break up the thousand baht but the driver just tell me to give him whatever small changes i have. so total i only give him 150+baht or so.

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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 08:20:33 PM »
basically, u r not wrong about the taxis stands/booths at d basement... and one can actually catcha cab upstairs as well....

the difference between upstairs and downstairs is that one does not need to pay the xtra airport surcharge when catching it from upstairs....

technically d taxis are not allowed to pick up customers upstairs.... technically speaking..... ahhahahaha

some taxis choose to wait upstairs to catch a customer as that they are not the actual licensee and is sub-renting the taxi from the actual driver..... and some... basically they just cld not be bothered to go downstairs and wait in Q for the next customer.... so they try their luck in getting a customer back into BKK city... but usually the Police will push off any cars that is waiting too long along that stretch... i have seen a taxi kena clamped upstairs before... the fella actually went into the terminal to try and find customers... duno why he did that also...

If I'm not wrong bro the official stand is in the basement, where you have to queue up and there is a small booth where they ask you where you're going and you're given a paper with the taxi license number and official number to call if you have complaints. All the taxis I take from here never had to prompt to ask meter one. In my opinion, more honest drivers from here.

Taxi in BKK got a lot of problems but best not to argue cos you can always take another one. If it gets ugly, pay whatever he asks but take a picture of his license plate (which is located at the rear side doors) and ask a Thai friend to call and complain to the company. They will follow up.
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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 09:36:04 PM »


If I'm not wrong bro the official stand is in the basement, where you have to queue up and there is a small booth where they ask you where you're going and you're given a paper with the taxi license number and official number to call if you have complaints. All the taxis I take from here never had to prompt to ask meter one. In my opinion, more honest drivers from here.

Taxi in BKK got a lot of problems but best not to argue cos you can always take another one. If it gets ugly, pay whatever he asks but take a picture of his license plate (which is located at the rear side doors) and ask a Thai friend to call and complain to the company. They will follow up.


Speaking from experience

I ever saw this taxi driver throwing the farang couple's bag along the high way to the city.

And I'm certainly sure the couple took from the basement taxi stand. Only Bkk regular will know about the 3rd storey taxi.

So therefore I dare to say, there's no guarantee taking taxi from the basement. It could be one isolate case but again, throwing passenger's bag is a serious matter.

I can say it's do help if one can speak a simple thai, and at same point the drive also will know you're not a newbie and thus will make him think twice before he want to play prank.

And sometimes these driver try to make a one big round before actually drive to your location. He can earn maybe extra 50 bht.

Like I said, there's honest driver out there but again there's also like to take advantage towards the foreigners hoping can earn more by doing the under table method.

Just my two baht worth.  :D

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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 10:47:59 PM »
I guess the basement is more for tourist.... the regulars or locals likely go 3rd floor.....up there you don't have to find them taxis they will find u..... i got to know the 3rd floor from my ex gt....when i reach airport n call her..... both of us say we at taxi stand but we don't see each other ...cos her understanding of taxi stand is 3rd floor instead...... from there she do all the talking.... i just do all the paying....5555 Anyway if im not with locals .... i will stick to basement.... more sure i guess....  8)
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Re: Taxis in BKK
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2014, 05:02:56 AM »
Good and bad. There are some nice Thai taxi drivers worth commending too. I went by meter to Nakhon Pathom and it is usually much cheaper than by daily quoted rate. If I can still remember, the kind taxi driver stopped my meter fare for each temple I visited until I finished sightseeing. I paid for gas on my way back to Bangkok and at the end of the day, it is still very much lesser than 1500 Thai Bahts. :)

 


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