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Three female western tourists who took a “tuk-tuk” ride from Nang Lerng in Bangkok to the Victory Monument agreed a fee of 500 baht. It is a journey of about five kilometers.
When they got to their destination the driver told them is was 500 baht EACH! He wanted 1,500 baht for the short hop. Fearing it was their own misunderstanding they paid up without complaint. When they told a Thai guide about what happened they were angry on their behalf and told JS 100 Radio who posted the story, said Naewna. Meanwhile Kamon Buranapong, a deputy at the Department of Land Transport, said that while tuk-tuk drivers need a licence there are no regulations about what they can charge and no set fares.
They would however look into this case as it was a clear the driver had taken advantage of the tourists. He said that he hopes regulations would be introduced in the future. Naewna said that there are 20,068 tuk-tuks operating nationwide in 12 provinces. Some 9,332 of these ply the streets of Bangkok. Thaivisa notes that tuk-tuks do not have meters and fares are bargained. A similar journey in a meter taxi is unlikely to cost much more than 150 baht.