Bangkok Taxi Service

I wish to open with a sincere apology on behalf of all the good Bangkok taxi drivers (approximately 18%) that will, for a tourist, run you anywhere and use the meter, take you the most direct route and run full-sized tires thus operating fully within Bangkok’s taxi laws.

 

Unfortunately, if you are a tourist 5 out of 6 of Bangkok taxies will take full advantage of your being a tourist, especially if you let them! Always, always, have your taxi run the meter or have an agreed to non-meter fare before accepting a taxi ride. Your fare to Chef LeeZ should be 130 to 220 baht and the ride should be 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Report a Bangkok Taxi to the Land Transport Department Hotline on ph # 1584. You will need a picture of the taxi #.

 

Bangkok city Taxi is often referred to as the “Mafia Taxi” as they, on the whole, ignore Bangkok Taxi laws. Which simply put are: they can not refuse a fare and they can not decline to run the meter.

ChefLeeZ - Taxinumber

Alternately before paying what you believe is a rip off taxi ride you can tell your driver to call Thai tourist police or you can call them (ph # 1155) and most taxi drivers will not want to sit and wait for the tourist police and they will usually settle for a lesser fare.

 

GPS destination input: Long. 13.801841, Lat. 100.668604 will take you to Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class Bangkok Google’s location marker but you will have to right click the marker and then click on the what’s near option to see Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class Bangkok school info.

I wish to open with a sincere apology on behalf of all the good Bangkok taxi drivers (approximately 18%) that will, for a tourist, run you anywhere and use the meter, take you the most direct route and run full-sized tires thus operating fully within Bangkok’s taxi laws.

 

Unfortunately, if you are a tourist 5 out of 6 of Bangkok taxies will take full advantage of your being a tourist, especially if you let them! Always, always, have your taxi run the meter or have an agreed to non-meter fare before accepting a taxi ride. Your fare to Chef LeeZ should be 130 to 220 baht and the ride should be 30 to 45 minutes.

ChefLeeZ - Taxinumber

Report a Bangkok Taxi to the Land Transport Department Hotline on ph # 1584. You will need a picture of the taxi #.

 

Bangkok city Taxi is often referred to as the “Mafia Taxi” as they, on the whole, ignore Bangkok Taxi laws. Which simply put are: they can not refuse a fare and they can not decline to run the meter.

Alternately before paying what you believe is a rip off taxi ride you can tell your driver to call Thai tourist police or you can call them (ph # 1155) and most taxi drivers will not want to sit and wait for the tourist police and they will usually settle for a lesser fare.

 

GPS destination input: Long. 13.801841, Lat. 100.668604 will take you to Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class Bangkok Google’s location marker but you will have to right click the marker and then click on the what’s near option to see Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class Bangkok school info.

The following are some taxi service options to BKK’s city taxi (the “Mafia Taxi”). Note downloaded apps will require your having a Thai phone number (sim cards are available) as the drivers’ Thai phone service will not permit calls to long distance calls being calls to phone numbers that are not Thailand phone numbers.

 

LineTaxi – Calling a taxi is simple: upon selecting LINE TAXI from the LINE MAN app and entering their pickup and drop-off locations, users search for the closest taxi and are then shown the name and face of the driver, the taxi number, and the current location of the taxi. Riders can also share their taxi information and route with their family and friends over the LINE messaging app. Further, thanks to being linked to the mobile payment service Rabbit LINE Pay, riders can enjoy a smooth, cashless experience by using the Rabbit LINE Pay QR code to make their payment. (Cash payments are also available.) The service has launched in Bangkok, with further plans to expand support to other areas going forward.

 

Comment from Ariya Banomyong (Managing Director of LINE Thailand):

 

LINE TAXI is a taxi calling service that exclusively uses legal taxi drivers. In addition to making the daily lives of our Thai users all the more convenient, LINE TAXI will also provide with easy access to safe taxis. For the over 100,000 taxi drivers in Thailand, this will also make it easier for them to work, and to provide even greater service.

 

Taxi OK WARNING! – Jun 10th 2018 student called for pickup .. no response from a driver in near an hour they changed to regular taxi – now they received billing to their credit card for 700+ Baht for a 200 baht ride on the meter that they never took. Has TAXI OK now become BKK’s newest mafia taxi service? It is also supported only in Thai language and you need a Thai sim card to contact and for them to respond to your contact.(no website presence) but their booking app (DLT Taxi OK) is available for download to your mobile device and is a January 2018 addition to Bangkok Taxi services. This is a Gov’t sponsored initiative as an alternative to the other Taxi services as a result of the continuous stream of complaints on taxies saying no to trips and refusing to operate the meter.  Taxi OK  is supposed to run the meter. and operate GPS and show the GPS route on a large screen for all to see.  The meter should start at the normal rate (January 2018) of THB35 plus a 20 baht booking fee, and as soon as the passengers hop on their ride, their information is to be sent to the taxi center of Department of Land Transport (DLT), who will record the pick-up and drop-off locations, fares, travel time, and even collect a snapshot of the passengers for safety reasons.

NOTE: Show your driver our location map and say no toll roads as coming by GPS “Google maps” will likely bring you to us by outer ring Rd. (Hwy 9) and that is an extra 10 km and adds toll road fees.

All Thai Taxi is a venture between Nock Air and Toyota.  You can phone them for a pick up or download their app (20 baht booking fee). They will locate your destination by GPS co-ordinates Long. 13.801788, Lat. 100.668758. Their taxi is usually a new Prius that is GPS monitored, the cab is 24 hour camera monitored, their drivers are salaried (no reason to run you around in circles) and they use google maps to arrive at your destination and run the meter.

 

Grab Taxi This is the taxi service most of our students use to come to us.  It is recommended that you set up your pick up with them the night before teh class. Download the Grab Taxi app to your mobile device and note they may require cash payment.  Also, note they are charging the estimate sent you when requesting the taxi whether they run the meter or not.  This estimate is almost always 50% or more than a city cab running the meter would be.

 

Uber Taxi –  January 2020 – rumor has it that Grab Taxi purchased Uber.

 

Easy Taxi This is an online application but they may have an android store or an apple store app as well.

 

T.I.T. (This is Thailand) you will be ripped off every step of your trip if you make it easy for the less scrupulous Thai’s  to rip you off. You need to insist that taxis run their meter in Bangkok or you have an agreed price before getting in a taxi. Our experience is taxis that will not run the meter for you will cost you up to 500% more than a taxi running the meter and if, on the meter, they offer you a shortcut, say no shortcut, as they are going to drive up the meter.

 

Present your driver with our directions map for the shortest distance to us being 25 to 40 minutes from all popular foreigner lodgings.  NOTE: most students come by Grab Taxi and reserve their taxi the night before class. Grab Taxi will likely come by way of the motorway, toll road, Hwy 9, outerring road.  It take about the same amount of time has les chance of traffic jams and will cost an extra 100 baht over coming by our map.

 

All Thai Taxi, Uber and Grab Taxi use GPS to find the taxi nearest you and to know your destination (they will not run a GPS to take you to your destination, no Thai taxi does).

 

The regular BKK city taxi services have earned the nickname the “Mafia Taxi” because as a whole they ignore the taxi laws of BKK by refusing rides, declining to use the meter and running undersized tires (increases the meter 10+%) and they will run you around in circles to drive up the meter. If you elect to use the Mafia Taxi, as a tourist, you can expect to have to ask 5 or 6 taxis to get one to run the meter for you and or accept taking you to your destination.

Taxi OK is the only service using GPS (January 2018) to get you to your destination. All services providing fare estimations use rush hour traffic scenarios and are therefore not accurate for your non-rush hour opposite direction of the commuter traffic taxi ride to Chef LeeZ. Your ride to us should be 30 to 45 minutes and should be a fare of 150 to 220 baht.

 

If you have your tourist camera out and visible when requesting a taxi ride you can take a picture of the license plate and report the taxi to Thai tourist police if the driver should decline to take you to your destination or decline to run the meter.

 

You can reduce your BKK taxi frustration simply by using a taxi service other than BKK City Taxi and if accepting a no meter ride do have an agreement as to the coast of the ride before getting in the taxi.

 

If you are having a problem getting a taxi to come to us please call us at 086 568 1311 and we will set one up for you.  We will require your name, phone number, pick-up location name and address.

 

Bangkok Water Taxi – Commuter Canal Taxi – We do not recommend it to come to the school as it can take near 2 hours including to the taxi from your room to the canal + 1 hr on the water taxi + 5-minute walk to taxi stand + 15 minute in taxi to us. Having said this it is an adventurous way to go to your after class destination when you do not have a deadline, so to speak.

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