Taxi Drivers in Bangkok
I lived in Chiang Mai for years and I never called a cab, not once! Mostly because if you called them it would be 200 baht minimum! It's a lot cheaper now and I actually think they have meter taxis now but still there's a calling charge and not really worth it. I can't remember how many times I've been blind drunk driving home and never once ever had an issue. (no, you shouldn't do that). Moving to Bangkok I no longer have any wheels and probably a good thing since the only time I go out is to a club or get some drinks so till now haven't really needed it. Instead I've been taking taxis, what an experience that has been.
I'd love to have video like "taxi cab confessions" in Bangkok, how funny and interesting that would be! I don't know if the front seat or the back seat would be more interesting, some of these taxi drivers are fucking Nuts! In the past few days I've sat with a driver who had so many Buddha statues on his front and rear window you could hardly see out, one dude so high on ya ba he ran through 5 red lights (during the day), one dude trying to sell me drugs, one taxi driver who wanted me to fuck his wife for 1000 baht and about a dozen drivers who simply refused to take me anywhere...grrrr. Actually that last one is the reason for this article.
Taxi drivers who won't pick you up! Apart from the heat the taxis are one of the most annoying things about living in Bangkok and not taking me on my 80 baht ride is enough to make me scream. Every time you sit in a cab in Bangkok you hear the guy going on about how little money he makes blah blah blah trying to get a good tip out of you. Well if they actually picked people up maybe they would make some money! My latest attempt of getting a cab ride in Bangkok is typical.
I'm at Nana Plaza I cross the road and hail a cab open the door and sit inside. I say BTS Phra Khanong. He says to me *NO!*, what? What's the problem dude? He then says "there's a lot of traffic". I'm like what are you talking about dude it's 1am. No! Have too much traffic he exclaims. So I get out leaving the passenger door open and walk away. I can hear him cursing at me as he undoes his belt and climbs into the passenger seat to close the door. Sorry for the inconvenience asshole!
I hate to haggle over prices so if the guy said to me 150 baht (twice the actual cost) I probably would have said OK but instead the only thing the guy has to say is that there is too much traffic. Think about this statement for a second. He's a taxi driver in Bangkok and doesn't want to take me down the road because there is too much traffic. Where in Bangkok are you not going to hit traffic? So I did end up getting a cab it was 60 baht and took 4 minutes, no there was no REAL traffic.
Not taking me on my trip isn't the only thing that annoys the shit out of me either, here's some other things that annoy me about catching a cab in this city.
- Most taxis run on LPG which leaves no room in the trunk for my bags
- Taxis that smell like Som Tam
- Not turning on the meter
- Clearly going the wrong route to get a higher fare
- Purposely driving into traffic then asking for a flat fare to go a shortcut
- Driving the toll when it's unnecessary
What things piss you off about Taxi's and Taxi drivers in Bangkok?