Anyone who has taken a taxi ride in Samui will know that trying to pay a fair price can sometimes be rather tricky. Although most taxi drivers are honest and use the meter, many refuse and try to charge passengers highly inflated fees. Unfortunately, many visitors to Thailand are unaware of the meter system and correct rate, so they end up being swindled into parting with large amounts of cash.
However, all this is soon to charge under the guidance of Phanu Woramit, head of the TAT in the southern region. He is launching a campaign to insist that taxi drivers use their meters whenever hired, whether by residents or tourists.
“I am very sure that the problem and the complaints about the taxi service will be gone. We want to give a good impression to tourists. Samui will be better than before because taxi drivers have realized that if they treat passengers with bad service, no one will ride the taxi anymore,” Phanu Woramit told the Samui Express recently.
However, passengers will have to pay an additional 90 Baht on top of their fare, which may be a small price to pay to ensure that the meter is always used.