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Mary Lane Porter
Ardmore, OK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Don't let someone convince you otherwise. If they don't use the meter, they are scamming you. Sometimes, near busy places like Khao San Rd when the bars are getting out, you'll have a hard time finding a metered taxi and will have to get what's available. Also, cabs typically don't use meters on islands. Otherwise, only use a taxi that uses a meter.

Grabs are very convenient in most places in Thailand! I'd definitely suggest these.
Written June 4, 2022
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st33zy
Washington DC, DC130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Taxis in Bangkok can actually be very convenient; you just need the knowledge!

I recommend you to NOT use the meter. Ironically, the meter will cost you more because Bangkok is 2nd in the world for the worst traffic and it will just eat away. Instead what worked for me, I bargained for a set price. 90% of the drivers will ask for an insane amount, but you have to stand firm and keep it at a reasonable price. An average rate would be 50 baht (a dollar US) if it's a short distance. I usually compromise and stand firm at 100 baht (because $2 isn't a big deal). If they want more than that I walk away, but they usually call me back and say, "Okay okay okay 100 baht okay!" Almost every driver will test you, but if you know what you're doing then taxis are fine. Tuk Tuks and motorbikes are even more aggressive from my experience.

All in all, do your homework, don't be a pushover, and enjoy your time in Bangkok.

P.S. if you don't like bargaining then the Skytrain would be a great alternative.
Written April 22, 2017
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VictorVJ1089WF
Kyiv, Ukraine294 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
Tried to grab the taxi-meter on the way to the royal palace and back: it was not easy. Some of them simply did not want to go in my direction from downtown, the money was not discussed at all at that point. But finally, when we got in, both drivers pretended they do not speak english, did not turn the meters on and started to bargain. Make sure, you have an idea of the budget for the ride or ask your hotel to arrange a taxi for you )))
Written May 4, 2018
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Franck
Melbourne, Australia1,485 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The plot is straightforward. While traveling from Asoke to Ekkamai in a taxi, the driver attempted to charge me a flat rate of 400 baht. I quickly realized the situation and promptly exited the taxi before it was too late. I took grab and the rate was 180baht.
Written January 19, 2024
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VientianeKingkiki
Vientiane37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Bangkok's Meter taxis were once one of the best attributes of the city, an inexpensive and reasonably comfortable way to get around. Maybe the advent of the BTS or maybe the issue of too may licenses has brought about the change to one of the most unpleasant experiences of visiting inner city Bangkok, particularly the more tourist oriented areas like Sukhimvit. Now you will struggle to find a driver who will use the meter, usually if you flag them down they will aggressively demand double to 4 times the going rate and speed away if you are slow on the uptake (watch your toes). Be aware and woe betide the novice who gets in and takes the trip without being aware that the Meter has not been in use, some serious unpleasantness will ensue if they balk at the fare! It boggles the mind that the response to fierce competition has been to rip off every person who is clearly a visitor rather than to provide a better service or to do something about the oversupply. Wherever possible take the BTS, it's simple and very cheap and there will always be someone nearby who will be willing to help. Take some time to plan out the trip work out the nearest BTS station and how to get to your destination from there. If you are doing a bit of sightseeing and travel around the city over a day consider hiring a car and driver, believe me the 2,000 Baht or thereabouts will seem cheap after you try taxis for a day and it will almost certainly work out cheaper. This issue with Meter Taxis is becoming increasingly serious in the downtown area and is the primary reason why I will not come into the city at all unless absolutely necessary. If the authorities and businesses in central Bangkok could work out the financial cost to the Bangkok brand caused by this practice I am sure a solution would be found post haste!
Written June 23, 2016
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Deomas
Bangkok, Thailand58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Use Uber or Grab Taxi (app). Avoid normal Thai Taxi's at all costs!

Here's why:

1) 80% of drivers will charge a fixed fare and refuse to use the meter. This fixed fare can sometimes be as much as double to triple the cost of using a meter.
2) If you are persistent and insist on meter the driver will show you attitude throughout the entire trip. What's worse is sometimes they will feign their engine has stopped working, just to force you to get out in the middle of nowhere where there are no cabs available.
3) Have a destination in mind and never ask the driver for suggestions. They can be extremely pushy and want to take you to a 'good place' but it's always some shady joint that overcharges tourists and the drivers make a cut off it.

The problem is, most foreigners (especially from Western countries) convert all costs to their home country currency and are okay with the exorbitant fares that taxi drivers charge. 300 Baht to go ANYWHERE in Bangkok is a huuge rip-off (but it's only about $8) so most foreigners just accept it. So the moment someone tries to insist on meter, which would come out to about 60-80 baht for the same distance, taxi drivers immediately refuse and run off to find a western forienger they can rip-off ,of which there are PLENTY.

So don't be fooled. Be smart or use another service like Uber / Grab Taxi which does not have these issues at all.
Written May 12, 2017
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Aunglay
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
My first trip to Bangkok was 2009. At that time, there were almost all the taxis use meter. Really great.
But again in 2016, some rip off masters appeared and rip tourists money as much as they can but they did mostly at night.

In 2018, May,
This is my nightmare travelling around bangkok. You cannot go to your destination unless you have 300 bahts in your hand. From Bumrungrad hospital to pratunam cost 200bahts. WOW!!!
From MBK shopping mall to Platinum Fashion Mall cost about 200-300 bahts. F***** WOW!!

They will tell you traffic jam even in the morning and rip you off with 100 bahts , 200 bahts, 300 bahts.
When i told them to use meter, they will tell you meter will cost around 200 bahts and they will send you with a discount of 150bahts. What the hell..!!! I already know the cost and the traffic. But this is a another meaning of robing money from your pocket.VERY RUDE.
Now every every taxi drivers in bangkok are all the same.
If you grab a taxi with meter, you may be a lottery winner in Bangkok... haha...

As a conclusion, i would suggest that staying near the BTS station would be easy enough for you and Ride a BTS to go to your destinations and it is cheap too...
Written May 9, 2018
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DWSY
30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
My hotel guys put in our luggages and i assumed that the driver car plate number green and yellow taxi carplate AA3578 agreed to have the meter on. But he played punk with me and say he wants 500 baht after he stepped on the pedal and drove out to the streets.

As i have 2 x 20kg luggages and my partner is a girl, i was pissed, i would have stormed out if i was with a dude.

I dropped him 400 baht and he didn't dare flinch, i should have given him nothing cos there was no meter, no amount at all.

I rather take the BTS in future. And im gonna train my girl friend to be stronger in such situation. We need to stand down and stop this bullying.
Written September 28, 2017
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djkcott
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
I have been going to Hauhin. Thailand since 2005.Just about every year been ripped off by greedy, grabbing, taxi drivers.This year to my surprise l was introduced to a Mr Go(thank God) who turned out to be not only a great guy,but a gent,and a honest one at that.
For a month he looked after my travel needs,never late,never never over charged , always polite and never rude. Were ever l went he always had useful information,and if l should not be there, wisked me away out of any harms way. To be honest he made my stay! This is Thailand number one taxi driver if your in Hauhin use the guy you will not be disappointed............
MR.GO.TEL,0876987312.
David Keith.
Written July 14, 2018
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CPWuisan
Jakarta, Indonesia90 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Avoid bangkok taxi when possible, most are such a ripoffs and cheaters. If you really have to, better ask and make sure they wanna use the meter, before you get in. Take BTS or the sky train and MRT when available, or use Uber or Grab. Most drivers are extremely rude.
Written December 24, 2016
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