September 9, 2010 – Bangkok, Thailand
There are a lot of warnings about riding a taxi in Bangkok.
Don’t get too cautious, they won’t rob you. But once they know that you’re a tourist, they will offer you a drive service to temples and gem and suit boutiques. They will know because one way or another, you will need to hand them your map or you would talk in a different language.
Hence, they will ask you to give them a specific amount for the service. They won’t use the meter. And yes, they will charge you a high amount. But, I’m not generalizing. This also happens in other countries, specifically in mine. You just have to ask them to use the meter. They will haggle their price but you know you are in a tight budget. So you don’t have to worry, there are a lot of taxis out there, willing to give what you want.