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With such fares, Phuket gets closer to a place without any tourists. Let us hope that the Government does not allow such robbery.
Posted by Dirk Naumann on July 15, 2010 12:45
From looking at your attached images it would appear that the lowest fare for a Tuk-tuk journey on Phuket is Bt250. I also notice that the way the sheet has been formatted it gives the impression that these are official rates, rather than maximum rates.
Posted by Graham on July 15, 2010 14:27
I wouldn't take a tuk tuk if it was the last option available...These guys are way out of line and doing a very good job at contributing to pricing Phuket right out of the competitive tourist market.
Posted by sky on July 15, 2010 15:02
Wow these prices are still too high... the island needs a new system, period.
Posted by j on July 15, 2010 15:24
"A ride from Patong to the airport costs 800 baht one way".
Posted by Whispering Jack on July 15, 2010 15:24
Phuketwan should seek an official answer from the federation's president, Preechavude Keesin, whether he accepts fair competition from public transport, with air-conditioned buses between all beaches and places around Phuket.
Posted by Whistle-Blower on July 15, 2010 16:58
Interesting: A trip to Wat Chalong is 500 Baht even though it is nearer than Phuket Zoo (450). I guess the Wat is not paying commission...
Posted by Fritz Pinguin on July 15, 2010 17:24
This the furthest thing from a free market i've ever seen. Greed will kill tourism in Phuket. Real wages in Phuket are similar to Bangkok. Locals get along just fine. Far more tourists visit Bangkok than Phuket, so I don't see any justice for the price fixing. Pattaya doesn't have these problems. A free market with real competition is the only solution...
Posted by Mike. Hunt on July 15, 2010 18:10
I do not understand why a Tuk-Tuk should be so much more expensive than other vehicles to drive in Thailand. What can be done is to start some kind of public transport taxi system.
Posted by Jan on July 15, 2010 19:28
How about the plan to let drivers from other districts take people back?
Posted by VFaye on July 15, 2010 19:49
well..looks like the tuks tuks get their way..again. They say "free trade & freedom to choose," yeah right...when there are only tuk-tuks plying the roads, there's not much choice.
Posted by tom on July 15, 2010 19:58
No mention of fares within Patong though (other than the Phuketwan comment). Interesting that I can get an aircon meter taxi for B450 to the airport but an open tuk tuk is nearly double the cost. Hopefully these prices will be promulgated to the punters as well so they are aware of what they should be paying, to avoid future 'misunderstandings'.
Posted by Mister ree on July 15, 2010 20:15
That is pure cynicism. Shame on the tuk-tuk owners, who take the bar/hotel owners, the tourist industry somehow hostage and get away with it.
Posted by Lena on July 15, 2010 20:20
The prices are still to high.Its still too high for locals and tourists. Phuket still needs a public transportation system the locals and tourist can use. I hope the government does the right thing for all of Phuket and not a small minority of tuk tuk drivers.
Posted by James on July 15, 2010 20:35
90% of taxis are 'black taxis'. Where does that statistic come from. I only wish they were 100%. No thanks Mr. Tuk Tuk, I'll keep taking my friends 'black taxis' and give them the money rather than feed the greed. Must be nice to sit with your buddies all day making fun of tourists then extort them with no consequences...what a job.
Posted by Jon on July 15, 2010 22:18
Nothing has changed the Tuk Tuks are still ripping people off.
Posted by Brian on July 15, 2010 22:59
These new fares are just ridiculous and shows that the tuk-tuk groups have no intention to do their part improving Phuket as a destination for tourists. Prices are higher than a lot of western countries comparing distance/time, and you are still placed in a tuk-tuk with poor safety.
Posted by TD on July 15, 2010 23:55
If only the local Thai press would carry this story maybe Bangkok would do something. The Phuket cartel of "influential people" ensure no negative news makes it to the capital.
Posted by petr on July 16, 2010 08:11
Still the same rip-offs and a different day. My guests never use them.
Posted by Graham on July 16, 2010 09:26
Don't use them. Most of the tourist knows about this, so those who can should rent a small bike, enough to travel around the island or going to the beach, or rent a car when, anyway it will always cost less.
Posted by Jean-Paul Patrick on July 16, 2010 09:44
Posted by Jamie on July 16, 2010 10:39
I have to say, I read of the proceedings with a growing sense of disbelief. In every other country in the world, the government or municipal authorities *set* the rates. There is no 'negotiation'. These are the rates. Conform to them or lose your license and possibly your vehicle.
Posted by Doug on July 16, 2010 21:29
@Doug's comment is one of the most clear-headed expositions I've ever read on this much-discussed topic.
Posted by D on July 16, 2010 22:35
Phuket, you are digging your own grave. Please understand, that you don't solve the-lack-of-customers problem by rising prices. The golf courses on Phuket should learn the lesson, too.
Posted by Niels Erik Clausen on July 17, 2010 09:42
Currently I am in Bangkok and just did a taxi ride from Don Muang to Ramkamhaeng 90 which took me 1 hour. The taxi was 191 baht and i had to pay 50 baht extra from being picked up from the airport. The taxi driver was polite, chatty and actually a funny guy.
Posted by Tbs on July 17, 2010 19:43
Posted by noddy on July 24, 2010 09:19
Just took at Taxi yesterday every early morning from Mahidol University (Nakhon Pathom) Province to the airport. The distance is 72 KM using the Kanchanaphisek Road. Fare was 510 Baht for three people.
Posted by KRR on July 29, 2010 18:41
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