A Norwegian tourist has complained about Chiang Mai taxi drivers taking advantage of foreign visitors and tarnishing the city’s image.
In a letter addressed to the Tourist Police and The Nation, Leif E Holterud said he visited Chiang Mai and stayed at the BP Chiang Mai City Hotel in Muang district.
On January 28, while on a taxi ride to the Immigration Office, he was told that the fare would be Bt300 and that he would not be charged by the meter. On February 3, he hailed a taxi from Robinson Airport Mall to his hotel, but was told the price was Bt120. He told the taxi driver to use the metre but was told that taxis in Chiang Mai only charged a lump sum amount. Holterud compared this behaviour to that of London taxi drivers who are well-trained and deliver a fair service to passengers, and urged Chiang Mai to solve this issue so as to maintain its image.