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Khao San road closed

Khao San road closed

‘Khao San road closed today’, was the answer we got from a taxi driver, who really wanted to take us to a shop where he would collect his commission reward for bringing trusting tourists, who symbolize the ever rich and potential customer. After establishing that the road didn’t really close and having agreed on a price, he was finally ready to get us to Khao San road. At least that’s what we thought but after a brief think he insisted on his terms, or the way he put it: ‘One extra stop ok? Still, NO, thank you , Sir! :)

In general we find it tiring to play the same game over and over again: Say where you want to go, get a horrendously priced answer, ask for half that sum, compromise somewhere in the middle or not. Hearing all those made up stories about why the price has to be higher (traffic, road closed, very far, holiday), why your destination is unreachable today or whether you want to go somewhere else, seeing tuk tuk and taxi drivers roll their eyes, giving misinformation about the distance, pretending to be offended and all that childish repertoire they perform is a time consuming business, especially if you are in a hurry, the sun is burning and you just want to get in and pay – pay fair. So often what happens is that we have to find another driver, which is a lose-lose situation on both parts.

We would gladly use their service (more) if we could rely on fair pay and equal treatment. Imagine a Bangkok where you just get in and go, no negotiations – both sides win. After almost fifteen years and a completely changed city, that rip-of-the-tourist mentality in taxis and tuk tuks seems to have stayed the same.

Words of wisdom: It helps to look for a hotel close to the skytrain BTS station, that will get you very close to many sights in Bangkok – hassle free :)

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