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    Avoid meter taxi at airport

    I landed at Phuket international yesterday and went to the taxi stand just outside the airport. We agreed on 450 thb to take me to my hotel. The driver of taxi 42 with plates '42 48' was high on some serious drugs he was twitching and making some seriously weird and scary noises nonstop honking, slaming brakes, rolling up and down windows, smoking cigarettes(I have athisma) clicking e-brake, he was so sketchy I asked him to let me out(told him my hotel there pull over) and handed him the 450THB. I went inside for a few mins to ask how much as not to look rude. When I exit the hotel he was lurking in the shadows that's when I got really freaked out. I began to run away from him and ducked into a bar. He tried to follow me and parked his taxi, when I saw him get out I got his tag then dipped into the bathroom. I'm not sure what he wanted or why he messed with me so hard but my advise is to avoid the skeezy airport taxi drivers.

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    Should have exited immediately you felt uncomfortable.I have had similar situations and just tell the idiots to pull over, hand over an appropriate amount and get another cab.

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    I recall someone on here being driven by a taxi driver in Bangkok high as a kite and choking his chicken

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    ^I lost my cab license over that, no sense of humour some people.

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    Falconfish is developing his troll character quite nicely....

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    With the cartel they run, you're fucked at Phuket airport, so the best approach is simply to avoid the rat-infested, rip-off shithole.

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    Why 450 B?

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    That's the clever part of the troll, he's new, he's intimidated and yet he gets his taxi for 50B cheaper than what has become the standard fare between the lower west Coast beaches and the airport.

    Potential for genius as this character develops.

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    Was it a taxi or was it a (so-called) limousine? The red/yellow taxis have meters which are used for all trips on the island - you only have to negotiate the fare for destinations off-island.

    It sounds like he had a few M-150s too many - which is pretty normal for most of the drivers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Was it a taxi or was it a (so-called) limousine? The red/yellow taxis have meters which are used for all trips on the island - you only have to negotiate the fare for destinations off-island.

    It sounds like he had a few M-150s too many - which is pretty normal for most of the drivers...

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    Fuck yes, I've had some right Schumachers on the Airport-Kata run over the years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post

    Fuck yes, I've had some right Schumachers on the Airport-Kata run over the years!
    They are called "Vettels" now.

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    Meter taxis are the way to go at the Phuket airport. I've never had a bad one.
    Now for the limo and minivan drivers that's another story.

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    Avoid Phuket

    I think this would be a much better title.

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    ^oh poo, Phuket still has some very nice beaches, lots of pretty women, tons of massage shops, a few really good restaurants, and a gazillion very friendly Indian tailors.
    And right now in low season some pretty darn good deals.
    Just don't go swimming in the rip tides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl
    Just don't go swimming in the rip tides.
    Or taking a taxi
    Or Coach
    Or hiring a motocy
    Or jumping in a Tuk Tuk
    Or renting a Jetski
    Or getting your photo taken with Ladyboys
    Or stroking the monkeys on Kao Rung Hill
    Or buying any scratchcards

    Happy Holidays

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    I'm going there for New Year but only because I have to fulfill a family obligation; fortunately I have a copper friend picking me up at the airport and the accomodation is far, far away from Patong.

    And I won't be using any jetskis, tailors, tuk tuks or rented vehicles, either.

    The good thing about the decent bars and restaurants in Kata is that they're all in walking/stumbling/crawling distance.

    If I didn't have to go, I simply would not bother. The place has gone to shit.

    Just as bad as the Thais are the semi-retired (retarded more like) middle aged permatanned twats who infest the place, who work in "Import/Export" or "Property Development" or some other glorified Ponzi scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I have to fulfill a family obligation;
    So Harry, you hate Phuket, but you married one from the South?

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    And why shouldn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Just as bad as the Thais are the semi-retired (retarded more like) middle aged permatanned twats who infest the place, who work in "Import/Export" or "Property Development" or some other glorified Ponzi scheme.
    I thought Drew Noyes was in Pattaya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I have to fulfill a family obligation;
    So Harry, you hate Phuket, but you married one from the South?
    he might have grown to loathe Phuket...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I have to fulfill a family obligation;
    So Harry, you hate Phuket, but you married one from the South?
    Well fuck my old boots, you have a vivid imagination, don't you?

    Who mentioned Thais?

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    I had a taxi driver with one eye that made some strange noises while he was driving. He drove from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya pretty quick though. I hired him through a local taxi service (PT, honestly quite good i use them quite a lot for trips), so price was agreed upon beforehand.

    I haven't ran into him since, but yeah, there definitely are some strange ones out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drawp View Post
    I had a taxi driver with one eye that made some strange noises while he was driving. He drove from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya pretty quick though. I hired him through a local taxi service (PT, honestly quite good i use them quite a lot for trips), so price was agreed upon beforehand.

    I haven't ran into him since, but yeah, there definitely are some strange ones out there.

    that was the air going in through the eye socket and out the ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Who mentioned Thais?
    Sorry for the error Harry, Abo?

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    Again, why 450 Baht? The sign in front of the metered taxi states all fare rates from the airport to local destinations. I believe your rate as written on the board was far less than 450 B?

    Of course nobody reads these things. They just get in and pay whatever the asshole wants.

    I could blame the Taxi mafia for many things here, but stupid is not one of their qualities. Seems they are in full control even when ther are rules in writing for Ferangs to note, but ignore.

    "Mom, said, Stupid is as stupid does...." Want a chocolate?

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