How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand

How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand

How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand, despite certain things sound typical, they should not have happened though. Particularly when it comes to scams that could happen to you, while abroad. Not only we might be getting ripped off, but situations can get us into dangers or crimes.

Thailand is well known for friendly locals who are willing to help, meanwhile mischievous people are out there waiting for an ideal moment to conduct perfect crimes on innocent foreigners. As public transportation in Thailand, specifically Bangkok, is not thorough and of great quality like those in Europe, Japan, etc., Tuk Tuk and taxi unfortunately remain prime options when it comes to (actually) getting around. So, what to do to avoid scams? Here, we have some suggestions you might find useful.

 

Survival Rule 1

Don’t Get into the Vehicle Right Away

If the driver doesn’t seem to comply with using the meter nor hasn’t agreed at a final flat rate yet (this depends on the situation), DON’T get in the vehicle. Make sure you and the driver have agreed upon the same method of fare charging. Bear in mind, also, that flat rate generally doesn’t include the use of toll roads.

Survival Rule 2

Suspect the ‘too-cheap-to-be-true’ Things

Never ever get lured by incredibly cheap offers. No matter for Tuk Tuk, taxi, water taxi, hired minivan or unlicensed vehicle. There were cases that drivers making super cheap offers ended up bringing foreigners to pricey eatery, jewelry factory, carpet shop, tailor store, etc., whereby huge profits are being shared between the shop owner and the driver.

Survival Rule 3

Insist on Using the Meter

If taxi is your option, make sure the driver agrees to use the meter even before stepping into the car. Another good suggestion is that if you find the driver a good man who can communicate well with you, ask for his mobile number to hire him again in the following days. After that it depends whether you will cling on using meter or negotiate a flat rate for a day tour. By the way, don’t forget that toll road fees must be added up separately for either metered fare or flat rate.

Survival Rule 4

Always be Prepared

Work your part. Be prepared. Roughly study the route using your map or smartphone so that you can get an overall picture of the routes you’re about to use and by which landmarks you’ll be passing. If, unfortunately, the driver is tricky and bringing you out of the correct way to overcharge, you will be able to notice and interrupt right away.  

 

Survival Rule 5

Stick to the Officials

Be it at a pier, palace, temple or attraction site, stick to the official ticket booth for entry. There might be somebody come up to you making special offers of fast lane service, additional privileges or custom tour package, but you better ignore. Just queue up at the counter. Reach out only to the officials or authorized staff for enquiry or ticket purchase.

 

Good to KNOW!    

  • Some hotels, or even department stores, have a systematic taxi hailing service for their customers. So, it’s much better to have the staff helped you on this. Currently, there are many hotels or department stores that manage to use blacklists of unkind and cunning taxi or Tuk Tuk drivers whom customers have made complaint of. These drivers will be banned by these premises in the future.

–       Good people and bad people are everywhere. Crimes can happen anytime in the world. If one day you must encounter with a criminal, just remember that the best way to tackle is to “Be mindful. Keep calm”. Save your life before valuable belongings.

DOs and DON’Ts for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

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Globally, Thailand is known an easy going country. People are friendly, especially with foreigners., and Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

As a digital nomad residing in Bangkok or another part of Thailand, you might have to involve with either local people around or even working people sometimes.

Knowing DOs and DON’Ts is definitely useful for all digital nomads based in Bangkok or Thailand. Now let’s roll.

 

DOs

  • Remember Bangkok is NOT representing other Thai provinces. There are differences in almost all elements. Urbanisation. Language. People. Food. Manner. Etiquette. Belief. Behaviour. Taste. Attitude. Education. The list goes on…
  • Respect dress code when visiting main temples in Bangkok or Thailand. Women avoid clothes that are revealing with no short pants, while men must leave jeans with holes at home. Sandals are okay, though.
  • Dress properly when dealing with companies, startups, business people, state agencies and officials when it comes to work-related issues. No need to be official outfits, though. Just a smart casual will do. This will incredibly raise your credibility.
  • Be extra careful when crossing the road. Thai traffic direction is similar to some countries and NOT to some others. So, streets can be dangerous.
  • If you have to make a complaint against services or must request something over and over again (when your luncheon companion becomes suddenly fussy), smiling a little as you speak to the staff or manager will make things easier.
  • Only take a taxi when the driver turns on the metre. Having the application like Uber or Grab Taxi installed on your phone or knowing how to call the All Thai Taxi will help save you from dishonest taxis.
  • Know that if the distance is not too far, taking a taxi can be more comfortable with a price that’s equal to a tuk-tuk.
  • Leave a tip, if you made a mess out of your dinner table.
  • Take off your shoes when getting into a Thai house or other places that you noticed others people do so.

 

DON’Ts

  • Expect that some Thai business people won’t call or text you during public holidays or late at night, regarding an ongoing work. Some really do that!
  • Negotiate prices just for fun if you don’t really need that stuff. NO bargaining game if you’re not into it. Some Thai merchants can be fierce like Tony Jaa.
  • Take it seriously if you encounter any Thai who smiles or laughs at all times. Thai people are just like this. But, strange as it may seem, Thai people don’t smile much to one another.
  • Use your feet to operate things instead of hands. Feet are considered dirty among Thais. This is a belief which has been passed on from the ancestors. So, better be careful.
  • Put your feet on all types of table. Be it a low coffee table, working desk or dining table. This is not only a matter of etiquette, but also a hygienic issue as Bangkok is not a very clean city. Street surfaces can be infectious sometimes.
  • Think all Thais have an equal level of education. You might be surprised to find a farmer or a barista nowadays has his or her master degree, while an attractive girl you just met only made it to the A Level. So, don’t stereotype.
  • Trust any local who acts as the middleman who says he can serve you with privileges to enter some key attractions with extra benefits not stated on the entrance tickets. Either at palaces or temples, consult the premise’s officials when you doubt something or want to buy tickets.

 

Well, actually it’s not complicated dealing with local people. Every country has its own etiquette and culture we must obey anyway. Generally, Thai and Bangkok people has the nature of adoring foreigners who’ve shown their efforts to be proper, this will truly help Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

So, if the digital nomads only know and understand, things will get a LOT easier and will make your time in Bangkok or the rest of Thailand more memorable and worthwhile.