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Tuk Tuk driver warning

Surrey, United...
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Tuk Tuk driver warning

I had never ending trouble with these people whilst in Sri Lanka, but in Galle was worse. One guy named Lal, I now know massively overcharged me for some trips I got him to take me on after meeting outside Galle train station. Worst though that without asking he took me to his family home where I had a lot of pressure to help them with money. I was just taken there. Then another tuk driver was meant to take me to Jungle beach but randomly took me to a spice garden where I was told I had to pay even though I never asked to be taken there!!! As a lone female or Anyone....Tuk drivers are all out to con you. Not just in Galle but my experiences worse there.

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Hannover, Germany
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1. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

Have you complain at tourist police, each TukTuk has a registration number. Easy to remember or better make a selfie from your driver and go than to police.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

Well that's comparing apples with pears :-( No way a cab charges 35-40/km, they charge double in case of one-way hires. Only for roundtrip they can reach this, but then one-way tuktuk is Rs 40/km and roundtrip tuktuk is Rs 20-25/km.


<Erik> & [Sandya]

Sheffield, United...
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4. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

They think us Brits and Europeans are millionaires .

Hannover, Germany
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5. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

But you know the cost for a TukTuk ? Its round 6 lahks (600.000Rs). If you charge 40Rs/km, your TukTuk have to run 15.000km. (no fuel, no insurance, no service, no income for driver) at this time!

Loch Lomond
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6. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

In my experience Tuk Tuk drivers are not the only ones out to scam you in Sri Lanka. You have to be very careful. Some of the scams have been going on for years under the full knowledge of the authorities and they do nothing about it because tourists are seen as fair game.

Matara, Sri Lanka
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All people are not as bad as mentioned above. But there are few. I have seen tourists getting in to trouble by always looking for cheaper things. So my advice is to get to know about the standard prices before you land here. Then use google maps so no one can cheat you.


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8. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

Well said, Has.


Loch Lomond
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9. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

Ah yes, but what about getting taken to places you don't want to go before money is extorted from you? What about getting overcharged for Tuk Tuks and taxis, getting over charged for entry into official buildings, being scammed by people collecting for "charities", organised beggars and smooth talking con men who will take as much as they can extort from you from? What have these got to do with "looking for cheaper things"?

My wife and I had two great holidays in Sri Lanka. It is a lovely country but the dangers of the scams there should not be under estimated. We experienced attempts at all of the above while there so it is extremely common. We have travelled the world and Sri Lanka is the worst for this in our experience.

Dumfries, United...
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10. Re: Tuk Tuk driver warning

Galle railways station has had a reputation for TukTuk ripoffs for years. There have been many reports on Trip Advisor - I got caught myself way back in 2006 - usual scam - overcharging, supposedly a "Government recommended TukTuk" which then tries to take you places you didn't ask to go to. There's one guy who works the train coming down from Colombo, walking thro carriages spotting likely victims. He has an official looking card which he shows and tries to get folk to go to the "Government" Tuktuks immediately on arrival in Galle. There's another who walks around Galle station saying to random folk "Don't you remember Me?" - and then offers help with train timetables and, as usual, Tuktuks.

Not all TukTuk drivers are bad in Galle - for example if you have walked around the coast and want to get back to the train or bus station - just pick up a Tuktuk anywhere roadside, and you will find it easy to negotiate a fair price - just be firm, but smile at them.

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