Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bangkok (12) Beware of Cheating Drivers!

Bangkok (4) The drive to the hotel
Bangkok (5) P2 Boutique Hotel
Bangkok (6) The Family from SA
Bangkok (7) Breakfast on Wed morning
Bangkok (8) Pratunam, Scooters & Tuk-Tuks
Bangkok (9) Central World
Bangkok (10) Sukhumvit Road 
Bangkok (11) Himali Cha Cha
Day 2: Wednesday, December 30 2009

I'm getting irritated walking on congested pavements and traffic everywhere, so I decide it's best I head back to the hotel. I approach a cab and show the driver a map to my hotel.

"200 Baht," he says.
"Why not meter?" I ask him.
"Today traffic too much ... hotel far," he goes on.
I'm really not in the mood to argue, and I'm just relieved he can speak a bit of English.
"Fine," I say.

It takes no more than FIVE MINUTES to get to my hotel. There is NO traffic.

"Why do I have to pay 200 Baht? There was no traffic," I ask him.
"Traffic!" he says raising his voice.

"It's too expensive. It was only 5 minutes," I say beginning to get angry.
"You don't pay, I make 350," he threatens me.

What the...? I quickly give him the money and jump out of the cab before he drives away with me and I become a headline story about "...the girl who didn't want to pay the cab driver".

I feel cheated and angry. There is a spa on the corner of the block where my hotel was. Maybe I'll go there later, but decide not to because I don't think it looks very clean. I just want to get to my hotel room and vent about the cab driver who'd just cheated me to my online friends. By now, I am missing Korea a lot. I still have 2 nights left in Bangkok.

FYI - 200 Baht was about 7,000 Won (7 US Dollars)

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