Bangkok Tourist Trap Tips by beebah
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Suvarnabhumi - Bangkok Airport
We all have faced it. Airport taxi touts. When new airport opened. I thought this issue would be solved already but apparently.. not yet.
Once you arrive at the airport. As soon as you set your foot in the arrival hall. First thing you will hear is not "Welcome to Thailand!" But it will be "Hello, where are you going? taxi?" and it's not going to be only 2-3 times. You will get it at least 10 times or more. Even I'm a local. I live here. These touts even try to sell me a taxi ride! This is VERY tiring and annoying.
Most of these taxis are overpriced. Eventhough they're registered. But these are not regular taxis. They're more like a "Limo" service. (well, but condition of the vehicle is far from being a limo) One of my friends told me one of these touts asked 1,400 Baht for a ride to downtown!
1) Regular public taxi (metered). Rates will be something between 250-400 Baht max to go anywhere downtown.
2) If you take a taxi from taxi stand just outside terminal. Service fee will be added (normally it's around 50 baht)
3) Fees for toll-way, express way is not included in a fare. But even it's included in a fare already it shouldn't go over 400 Baht.
4) Express, toll fee.. you pay as you arrive at the "booth" Do not need to give money to driver in advance. Once he stops at the toll office booth. Just ask him how much - and pay as you go.
5) Tip is always appreciated. 40-50 Baht is max. 10-20 is minimum. But don't give just 5 Bath. That's considered insulating (except it's a very short ride)
6) There's nothing such a "Promotion" from government. Do not agree to go anywhere but your destination.
Unique Suggestions: When facing taxi touts. All you need to do...
• Just keep saying "No, Thank you"
• Go straight to Public Taxi Stand. Just right outside terminal. (spot the sign and long line of people waiting)
• If they keep asking "Where are you going?" Just tell them "Pattani" (most south province of Thailand. Nobody goes there if not necessary) or simply say "My friend is picking me up"
• If they still keep hassle you. Just speak your language (If your native is not English) I really enjoy doing this sometimes I just invent some new nonsense language just to confuse them so they leave me alone. It usually works.. LOL
• If they offer you a ridiculous price for a taxi ride. Just laugh it off as loud as you can. :-) They will know that you're not innocent, uninformed tourist.
Fun Alternatives: Take the bus instead of taxi. If not straight to your hotel. At least go downtown first. Then catch another taxi from there. It saves a lot of cost and hassle-free.
I know this is classic but I'm always surprised to see how many people still don't know about this trick. If the tuk tuk driver tell you that "Today is a special promotion from government" and he would take you around for very 'cheap price' It's all lie. Government never had such special promotions organized with Tuk Tuk drivers at all. (What they're tried was to ask them favor to be honest and not cheating tourists which apparently didn't really work that well)
They might tell you that a place you want to go (temples, palaces, etc) is close for 'repair' today. Just don't trust a driver. Even it might really close some days (which didn't happen so often) A good driver would never try to bring you to other places instead but just telling you that "sorry it is close today" and leaves (which,how can he know?? Even I live not far from Grand Palace I never know if today it's close or open)
And don't buy anything in Jewelry shops they bring you in there. Usually jewelry are fake or bad quality but sold overpriced. No matter how they tell you about how much you will earn from selling this in your country. This is always a scam.
Unique Suggestions: Best way is to ask before you jump in taxi or tuk tuk. But if you're already in. And if he's stil taking you somewhere you don't want to. Tell him that you'll report this to police. Or just find the police kiosk around. They'll help you. But this is only for REAL bad cases.
Usualy if you keep say NO. Eventually they'll stop bother you.
That's it. They can't force you to buy things anyway if you're not convinced.
Fun Alternatives: 1.Take a bus. It could be fun : )
2. Use meter-taxi only.
or find some local friends to hang out with.
"Don't mess with Thai cops, we're not in the mood"
Dropping litter on the ground here in Bangkok is officially 'wrong' and the maximum fine for dropping litter on the road is ....? I don't even know!! haha..really :-) I've never seen any Thais were fined for doing that. (In fact it depends on mr. police's mood)
Few years ago was huge campaign in Bangkok fining everyone who drops litter on the road is a few hundreds Baht (If I remember it right ) everybody was afriad of being fined for ..like..months.. Bangkok Governer even placed little shelters around Bangkok for officers to sit in there monitoring if anybody drops litter on the road. But after a while...no officers in those shelters...and some vendors even use them to store their stuff. :-)
Unique Suggestions: Nowadays I think they don't really mind anymore for people dropping litter like...bus tickets..straws..cigarettes..on the road (they're getting lazy actually)
BUT if they really want to fine you make sure they write the "Bill" for you maybe you can ask Thai people around there to help reading what he's writing down just to make sure it's no bullsh*t and the money goes to his pocket (which is usually like that) basically should be header on the paper that tells about office, government stuff..and so on. Not just the bill like you get from restaurants.
And normally it should be higher than few hundreds Baht. Not thousands
Why they only spot on foreigners?
It's easier for those who don't know exactly what's wrong they're doing and how bad it is. And because they don't wanna mess with some Thais. Sometimes those Thais are 'someone' in this country or even know some high-ranked police officers ..etc. etc
And most of Thais don't like police. So they wouldn't make it easy for police to fine them.
Fun Alternatives: But the best way is not to drop any litters on the road. There're enough bins around here in fact. But if you really can not find them. Make sure police don't see what you're doing. In this country everything really depends on the mood. Hard to guess what police feels today. So.. better to play safe :-)
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