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“Welcome to Chiang Mai” – tourists forced to leave GrabCar as tempers flare

Two tourists who got in a GrabCar outside the Chiang Mai bus station found themselves caught in a argument between the driver and local drivers.

A video showed the tourists get out of the car and one is heard to say:”Maybe we should just walk”. They then move away from the ongoing confrontation.

One of the angry local drivers – wearing a t-shirt that says “Welcome to Chiang Mai” – is so angry he goes to get a weapon to confront the Grab driver.

Winston Vaduz who posted his experience on CM108.com also facetiously referred to the incident as “Welcome to Chiang Mai”.

Sanook said that tuk-tuk and red bus drivers were involved and that the local Department of Land Transport are investigating.

This was very damaging for tourism, they said.

One poster on Facebook Watthanaanan Imviseth said that he was fed up with his country. He said that Grab was safer and more convenient than the local taxis and it was time that the service was recognized and made legal.

Sanook quoted a Chiang Mai woman who said that locals had been urged to report the operations of Grab but certainly not resort to violence.

Sanook

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