hello potential Batam travelers .
just thought i'd let you all know that when you take a cab outside a ferry terminal , outside shopping malls or even outside your accommodated hotel . always negotiate the price with the taxi driver before you hop into his vehicle . be clear with the driver of the price you are going to pay .
yesterday afternoon one couple had a bad experience with one driver they flagged down outside their hotel . iHotel to Golden Prawn Seafood should ONLY cost Rp50.000 but this driver requested the couple pay Rp100.000 because of "traffic" .
the couple do not want to accept this because they know the actual price and argued with the driver and the driver drove them somewhere else (inside Bengkong Laut/Indah complex , the locals should know this area) . LUCKILY the couple phone me and i made a quick dash to where they were located .
at first the driver did not want to accept the call the couple made to me (because they had no idea where they were) , fortunately the car stopped and the couple made a quick jump out of the vehicle . LMAO the driver even stop the car because he still wants his "Rp100.000" .
anyways i arrived at the scene and i had a really deep argument with that corrupted driver . he even threatened me that he knows a lot of police friends and that he'd call them . after about 10 minutes of debate , he finally accepted Rp70.000 (Rp20.000 of my money in it) and told me to "watch out" .
i will try to have the couple testimony about this experience of them in here .
so lesson learnt , always ask , be sure that you and the driver knows the price you are going to pay and avoid run down taxis (even tho they have their yellow plate on) .
take care and enjoy your time in Batam .