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    Airport to Patong taxi change.

    I have just arrived in Phuket and usually use the taxi office to the right, just as you come out of arrivals.
    In the past they always charged a fixed price, about 500/550.TBH. This time they said there would be a 100.TBH booking fee and the taxis now used a meter. Which worked out at 700 TBH + booking fee.
    I'm interested to know if anyone else has experienced this yet.
    If it's a permanent new system it will probably be better in future to negotiate a price with one of the taxi drivers in advance, at least you won't have to keep looking at the meter ticking over whilst your stuck in traffic !

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    700 TBH on the meter ? did the taxi do 2 laps of the Island... Another scam to investigate.

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    There has been a recent meter/journey rate rise "approved".

    700 baht airport to patong seems like the minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zablive View Post
    There has been a recent meter/journey rate rise "approved".

    700 baht airport to patong seems like the minimum.
    700bt....Seems cheap unlike getting a metered taxi to Sukumvit from swampy tat will set you back about 170bt...go figure.
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    This is the list of set taxi fares for Phuket that apply from September 2012, as published in Phuketwan

    . . . the following scheduled fares, chosen from a full list, would apply from October 1 2012, whether there was a single passenger or up to four passengers. Beyond four passengers, fares will have to be negotiated.

    KARON AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS

    Karon to Patong: 400 baht
    Karon to Phuket City: 550 baht
    Karon to Phuket Airport: 1000 baht
    Karon to Deep Sea Port: 700 baht
    Karon to New Bus Station: 600 baht
    Karon to Surin beach: 700 baht

    KAMALA AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS

    Kamala to Patong: 400 baht
    Kamala to Karon: 600 baht
    Kamala to Rawai: 900 baht
    Kamala to Phuket Airport: 700 baht
    Kamala to Phuket City: 700 baht
    Kamala to Cape Panwa: 900 baht

    PATONG AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS

    Patong to Kamala: 400 baht
    Patong to Karon: 400 baht
    Patong to Kata: 500 baht
    Patong to Phuket Airport: 800 baht
    Patong to Laguna: 600 baht
    Patong tp Cape Promthep: 700 baht

    PHUKET AIRPORT TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS

    Phuket Airport to Koh Sireh: 600 baht
    Phuket Airport to Deep Sea Port: 750 baht
    Phuket Airport to Chalong: 650 baht
    Phuket Airport to Karon: 750 baht
    Phuket Airport to Surin: 550 baht
    Phuket Airport to Kamala: 600 baht

    RAWAI AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS

    Rawai to Deep Sea Port: 750 baht
    Rawai to Cape Panwa: 800 baht
    Rawai to Chalong Bay: 350 baht
    Rawai to Kata: 400 baht
    Rawai to Patong: 700 baht
    Rawai to Surin: 900 baht
    Rawai to Phuket Airport: 1000 baht
    Rawai to Phuket City: 500 baht
    Rawai to New bus Station: 600 baht

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    and more recently - less than 3 weeks ago - for metered taxis:

    [SIZE="3"]Phuket metered taxi rates to increase[/SIZE]
    27 September 2013

    Phuket Land Transport Office specialist Jaturong Keawkasi announced at a recent meeting, held with relevant government offices, that due to increased costs and living costs which are continuing to soar, there will be an increase in taxi meter fares in Phuket.

    The current fares were set 10 years ago in 2003 when gasoline would have been 18 Baht per litre, now at 40 Baht. In addition they have also taken into account the adjustment in the minimum daily wage to 300 Baht per day.

    New taxi meter fares will be 50 Baht for the first 2km, 12 Baht per km2-15 for 2 15km, and 10 Baht per km from and above 15 km. After the increases take place taxi meter fares from Phuket International Airport Phuket City will be 470 Baht an increase from the original rate of approximately 34%.

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    I'm still amazed out how cheap taxi prices are in Thailand. It costs me a 1000 baht to go 500 metres in the UK.. 555
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


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    Diesel is 31 baht a litre , and petrol less than 40 baht.
    Most of those Corollas use LPG , even cheaper.
    Try getting the luggage for 3 people into them , the tank takes up most of the boot.

    The metre taxis came in touting a fairer deal , but the pull to get the snout into the Phuket taxi trough is too powerful.
    They are all now 3 times the cost of Bangkok.
    There is the bus...
    http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_...ing-22440.html

    And for anyone with a car , there is 100 baht a day parking opposite the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I'm still amazed out how cheap taxi prices are in Thailand. It costs me a 1000 baht to go 500 metres in the UK.. 555
    True.. But in the UK you would not have the rediculous differences between the different places..

    That is what people (including myself) cannot understand and leads to discussion and irritation..
    But also to people looking to alternatives of taxi travel.. Walking or renting a scooter or car is one, but also hotel pick-up / drop-off service, tour operators picking tourists up, etc.
    Which leads to the taxi drivers feel "cheated out" of their income, etc..

    And ending in a semi war scene in Phuket, judging by the vids and new articles posted here...

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    Patong to Phuket Airport 800 baht, what and the taxi cnuts still whinging? You can still get from Donmueang Airport to Pattaya for 1300 baht inclusive of tolls.

    I'll pay the 800 if I have to but I certainly wont be tipping.

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    Any plans for a light rail system or some such on Phuket? Would be a great long term solution for the environment, tho would create havoc during construction. It is obvious that it is needed there.

    Question(s): I'll be taking the ferry from Krabi to Phuket around the 18th of November. From where the ferry docks, what will my options be for getting to my hotel in Patong? Does anyone know if there is a online timetable for the ferries that run between Krabi and Phuket, and where exactly do they dock on the Phuket side? Just wondering if I could tell my hotel my scheduled arrival time, and if they would meet me at the ferry.
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    IF you can get your hotel to pick you up that would be your best option - even if you pay for it.
    Otherwise it's a taxi or tuk tuk at maybe 600 baht.
    PM Briofoz re. the ferry timetables - his partner Cat has several tour desks.

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    VG you will probably arrive from Krabi at the dump that is Raschada as I did.
    Im guessing you are heading to Patong I think you'll be expected to pay about 800 in a TT or Taxi.

    The annoyance about transport here in Phuket is the abject bullsh!t that goes on with it all.... for example , the quoted previous meter charge was never that high to start with , the quoted petrol price , when the meter taxi all use LPG, is over by 40% , and that any alternative is strong armed out of existence.
    If you take the 800 fare , and take out the fraction of the 300 a DAY wage of the driver , say 50 baht an hour, you have 750 baht. If you take off 150 baht in fuel , the Taxi still has 600 baht an hour or TWO days pay an hour.
    The real victims are the silent majority of lowly Thais who simply cannot afford to use them at all and know its futile to question anything offered up by the Powers That Be in this society.

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    ^ agree it's overly expensive, but othr expenses involved:
    who paid for the car? - if it is owner/operator he's likely financed for 5-7 years to pay off the 800k or more borrowed, plus as I've read another 200-300,000 in fees and (mostly) bribes to get a taxi licence
    I understand most rent by the day - in news recently there is one man/family who owns a fleet of 200 cars so the number of drivers involved would be a lot higher than that as cars are available 24/7, all paying a rental fee plus a percentage of the day's income.
    and 300 a day? That is set as an absolute minimum - I don't believe any Phuket taxi driver would get out of his hammock for that.

    Locally we pay 180b for a 12-15km trip in to the city (Chanthaburi) - no cars or tuktuks available there's a fleet of Nissan pickups with roof over the tray, seat six; they have a set schedule of prices so at least no haggling over fares. 80b for a trip across the city.

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    Agree theres always more costs.
    But theoretically , a meter cab in Bangkok would face the same overheads wouldnt it?
    ( Unless the corruption was way more expensive in Hkt.)

    And Im suggesting the HOURLY rate as twice the minimum DAILY rate.
    Further , your area clearly has a cheaper alternative... as I say , I can afford a taxi here , but most Thais cant.
    Should Mumma want to go from Kamala to Patong for less than 300 baht ( her days pay) , she has to get a Song Thaew to Phuket Town ( 40 baht) , wait , then another to Patong ( 40 baht). This trip will take a min. of 2 hours and about 40 km, to cover a journey to a town 7kms away...
    All because the taxi men wont 'allow' a direct Songthaew service.

    Drivers of the fully licensed but non-running Patong to Karon Songthaew service cannot be found. The last couple were beaten to a pulp by TT men. Youd have to have a death wish to do that job.
    Last edited by Chob; 12th October 2013 at 13:05.

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    bangkok taxi drivers must dream about going to work in Phuket.5555
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    They are arriving Wabs.
    An oversupply should drive down prices , unless theres a 'cartel' involved.
    But all an oversupply does here is take up public parking spaces.
    So the new guys , like most others , do one or 2 jobs a day and sit and chat under the salas, make their 800 or so , and go home.
    Most Ive met are on over 24k a month , while a degree holding bank teller gets 20k...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chob View Post
    They are arriving Wabs.
    An oversupply should drive down prices , unless theres a 'cartel' involved.
    But all an oversupply does here is take up public parking spaces.
    So the new guys , like most others , do one or 2 jobs a day and sit and chat under the salas, make their 800 or so , and go home.
    Most Ive met are on over 24k a month , while a degree holding bank teller gets 20k...
    That's gross income.
    You have business experience - that's not their nett income after "expenses".

    Mind you there is a universal Thai small business trait of incomings = income.
    Last edited by Zablive; 11th October 2013 at 18:08.

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    The taxi men who Ive spoken to live around here and are owners , they were talking about 800 to 1000 a day after they paid their 'fees' ( payola) and fuel. The big house on the corner to mine is owned by a young TT man. He said they try to just get 3 or 4 of big jobs a day ( and sneer and seriously overcharge small jobs)... but just 2 return trips from here to Patong is a liveable wage.
    His TT is gone a max of 6 hours a day ... I know that annoys his wife who takes in laundry...
    This is why people are lining up to be taxi men down here and why they are so territorial about the work.
    Its easy graft.
    Im only repeating what they said.

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    BTW , the 'new' larger TTs by Suzuki cost just 330k fully fitted.
    The mafia boss of the Karon TTs tried to claim in an interview early last year that his members forked out 1.2 million baht for a new TT.
    The thing is that any 'official' just BS's , and no one challenges it ...

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