Originally Posted by rktnator
I dont see how this is accurate unless you wear a jesus outfit and havnt bathed in 3weeks
It's been almost 2years since i wasnt put on the meter automatically
It's based on my limited experience of Thailand and by no means a rule. I don't live in Thailand, was there for only ten days earlier this year in vacation, but of all the cabs I took only about 20% put on the meter without me asking. Maybe I look like a tourist fish but the drivers always quoted an inflated price first and only reluctantly put on the meter after being asked to. Sometimes they wouldnt even let me and my friends in the car if we insisted that they put the meter on.
I don't really mind the taxi hustling because it's still a lot cheaper than in the west. I do have a problem with tipping when overcharged, though.
To those of you who live there, what's the general experience with taxi drivers? Addressing them in Thai must help a lot I guess.