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While searching out info on the "Littering Police" I came across this old Stickman article.

 

http://www.stickmanw.../reader4672.htm

 

I realize it's a bit dated (2007) but still found it quite interesting when I read this.

 

If you manage to get past this gauntlet of tourist scammers you still have to be wary about getting a fair price from the authorized taxies. The Official taxi desk is also defrauding arrivals, charging 450 baht. The real price is under 300 baht. Don't be surprised if the taxi driver has a breakdown and asks you to get out and help push-start the car. Say "bye-bye" to your luggage.

 

I'm not one who buys everything Stickman site has to offer. I tend to rely on my own experiences more than anything. At the end of the day people use what best suits them.

 

A similar thread has been started in the newbie advice section. http://www.bangkokla...__fromsearch__1

 

A few posters have offered their preference which is another alternative that may alleviate possible fears of taking any taxi from airport. Certainly more cost effective. May not be that practical for those travelling heavy, but its a sound alternative.

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Interesting to note that some of the upper market hotels, such as Banyan Tree, operate the same taxi system as the airport, if you Pick up a cab within their site. The staff give you basically the same slip of paper they would give you at the airport, with number plate, driver ID. The taxi has to be on meter. This is the Hotel Rules to the drivers, who enter the hotel zone.

They do this because prior to them implementing this system too many of their guests were getting fleeced by the taxis...which came back to them as a reflection on the hotel.

 

I think if I was new to arriving at Bangkok, and reading this thread I'd be unnecessarily worried, when there really is no reason to be.

 

Should one choose to do it the proper way, its easy..follow the signs to the public taxis....go to the booth...you pay no money there...and they give you a ticket like this.

 

 

 

 

Basically this ticket logs the drivers ID....and telephone number listed to resolve should any problem occur.

 

It lists in English what fees the passenger is expected to pay.

Once in the taxi you will find a notice hanging right in front of you over the seat listing the same.

 

You decide whether to use the express / toll route (Highway)...or non toll route road. Most nominate the toll route.

 

To the city you will stop at two toll booths, (if heading to Nana) On the approach to the toll booth the fee to pay is plainly visible. Combined it currently is 75 Baht.

 

The driver will usually ask you for the toll money on approach to booth.....Sometimes they don't...but add it on top to the metered price.

 

When you arrive at your destination you pay...The meter -plus 50 baht airport pick up fee (see ticket)..The highway fee if not paid already. Any tip you feel appropriate.

 

Simple....

Edited by Two Shots

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They've upgraded the taxi rank machines at Suvarnabhumi. New ticket has driver's photo and a QR code.

Main_Taxicab_stand_of_Suvarnabhumi_Airpo

 

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4 hours ago, hkaus72 said:

, arrived at the hotel and he's sticking an extra B125 on the meter for the Airport Fee and both tolls

I usually pay for the toll fees myself, if only to break a 1000 baht note from the ATM machine at the airport. But if you're checking work emails you don't want to be bothered with this nitty-gritty stuff.

If he really had paid for the toll fee, he would have been able to produce both receipts... 

In the old days they only showed the month and day

Thai Expressway Toll Receipt (฿25)

I'm not sure if there's a way to tell at what time the receipt was issued...

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1 hour ago, Thanks said:

I usually pay for the toll fees myself, if only to break a 1000 baht note from the ATM machine at the airport. But if you're checking work emails you don't want to be bothered with this nitty-gritty stuff.

If he really had paid for the toll fee, he would have been able to produce both receipts... 

In the old days they only showed the month and day

Thai Expressway Toll Receipt (฿25)

I'm not sure if there's a way to tell at what time the receipt was issued...

Yeah the bellboys mentioned the toll receipts and then someone said "They don't always give them". Not sure if that was legit or not. Anyway, all good in the end and I think an hour later I was happily sucking on Nicky/Maxx's large appendage. This was in the days when it was always hard. 

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