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UPDATE: Thai PM tells Phuket people to “stop ripping off tourists”





PHOTO: Two Australians file their report with Karon police this morning

Everyone is having their say about a van charging two Australian tourists 3,000 baht for a trip from the Phuket International Airport to Kata, even the Thai PM.

The PM took time out today to issue a warning to “Phuket people” that its reputation as a tourist destination will suffer if local people keep ripping-off tourists.

A spokesperson says the Thai prime minister was made aware of a formal police complaint filed by two Australian tourists that a passenger van driver charged them 3,000 baht (1,500 baht each) for the 47 kilometre ride to their hotel in Kata.

The spokesperson said… “if people persisted in taking unfair advantage of foreign visitors it would have a negative impact on the Thai people and Phuket.”

The costs are well signed as tourists emerge at the airport or they can catch a metered taxi.

The distance from Phuket International Airport to the Kata area is about 47 kilometres, which should usually cost 800-1000 baht, a metered journey could be a little less, depending on the time of day and traffic.

Advertised prices at the airport say the maximum price for a private minibus from the airport to Kata/Karon is 1,600 baht. Other advertised services at the airport say you can catch a min-bus, with other passengers, for 200 baht to Kata/Karon. A taxi from the airport has a rate set at 1,000 baht, 500 baht each for the two Australians.


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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Phuket’s Taxi Mafia is Second to none in the world. What makes it even worse, is that it is a wonderful place for tourist to visit. Then to have to be ripped off by the Taxi Mafi. Help the tourism in Phuket INSTALL A BAHT BUS SYSTEM

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    Robert Harris

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    It is just another example of thainess.
    Dual pricing for foreigners is endorsed and encouraged by the the thai government.
    Dual pricing has existed in thailand for the last 30 years that i have lived here and to date successive governments have made no attempts to stamp it out.

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    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Love the statement Get a meter cab !!!!!!!!!! Have tried that before but no good. Refuse to switch on.
    What and do. Nothing. Yes the Govt CURRENT AND PAST have known for along time it’s been going on
    But don’t have the balls if fix it WHY.

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    Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Well he told lottery sellers they could only charge 80 baht, try finding one now under 100! Go to Samui and get scammed as soon as you get off the plane, Thailand smiles with you, but you wont be!

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    Friday, July 9, 2021 at 9:32 am

    My understanding of Phuket Sandbox Rwgulations is that hotel must arrange transport from airport to booked hotel. This is included in reservation cost same as PCR tests. Has this changed?

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    Big Momma

    Friday, July 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Latest ” Blue Ribbon” panel finding by Phuket officials could not identify any over charging….not a single case. In fact Taxi Association says ” we lose money on every trip due to fixed overhead”. A similar group made the observation that prostitution did not exist in Pattaya. What do you expect from a country that prides itself on selling their children into the sex trade?

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    Brian Dunbar

    Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:02 am

    The PM telling people to stop ripping tourists off will go about as far as him telling people he is going to fix the corruption problem. Nothing will change. And if the Thai government thinks that Thailand is a place that tourists will be flocking to, think again. This is now the land of Doom And Gloom. Everything is closed so why would anybody come here?

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    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1:28 am

    They charge you all sorts of high fees when you withdraw money from the atm.

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    Monday, July 26, 2021 at 8:38 am


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