What a suprise.....
Yesterday after a wander around the Botanic Gardens I was gearing up for some serious haggeling with the taxi guys.
First one says rm20 (I know the fare is rm15). We walk away and go and get a nice chilled coconut - yummy.
Walk back to the taxi rank.... older chinese gentleman approaches - i ask how much to Prangin Mall (never say Traders for obvious reasons).
Taxi man says rm15...... well, you could have knocked me down with a feather.
Get into the taxi to find we are the FIRST fare he has had in his brand new taxi. I looked at the 'clock' - it showed that he had only done 11 kilometers.
So Penang hjas an honest taxi driver with a beautiful new taxi.
He has offered my the day rate of rm150 for trips around the island.
His name is Aseng and is number 0164584707. His English is not great, but give the guy a chance.