Warnings and Dangers in Bangkok: Taxis
Visiting Bangkok allows you to dive into cultures you may not be familiar with. However, if you choose to travel by taxi, there are a few warnings to consider to help get to where you are going without difficulty or overpaying.
There are many reports of taxi drivers that use unmarked cars and do not have meters installed. In some cases, it is estimated that 2 out of 10 taxis use meters, which is troublesome. Before hopping into a cab, be sure to inquire about their rates and whether or not they are metered when transporting passengers. Always be sure to jot down the labeled number of a cab you choose and select before getting in in the case of any overcharging or taking detours without your request simply to earn more money from tourists. If you are staying in a hotel, ask the concierge about various taxi companies and which ones are the most legitimate. Ordering a cab from a known place lowers the risk of getting overcharged or receiving a taxi that is unmarked and not as trustworthy.
Detours May Cost You More Overall
Tourists have reported that when they ask a taxi driver to take a detour to their destination for a lower fare, the driver often takes a longer route, bringing the total fare higher than the original estimate tourists have in mind. There have been times when passengers refuse to pay the unfair rates and are taken straight to the police station by taxi drivers–in which most incidents result in the police taking the passenger’s side due to the widespread knowledge of taxi driver scams throughout the city.
Floating Market Taxi Scams
There are plenty of “floating market” taxi scams that take place in Bangkok, charging customers a much higher rate than they are initially told. In some cases, drivers call a “friend” to inform them they are “taking care” of their passengers, only to drive for an extended period time before reaching the original destination the individuals want to reach. Once the drive is over, the taxi driver attempts to receive all funds from the drive, which cause issues with the passengers. The best course of action is to have the cab driver take you to the police station, where you can file a formal complaint. Be sure to gather as much information about the taxi driver, including the cab number and the name of the driver before explaining the situation.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Bangkok including taxis.