Re: Traffic and songthaews (PM Mailbag Friday, 18 January 2013) - I’ve been around this city for over 20 years and can say I have never been ripped off by a songthaew driver. It’s best to have the correct change. When I have had to tender a 20 baht note I smile and say “Kaw Hi Sip Baht Na Khrup.” I have never had a problem this way. Rather the driver looks at me and smiles as he hands me my change.
When in Bangkok and I hire a tuk-tuk I can not claim I was over charged if I pay the agreed price. No need to raise your voice or rant and rave, after all 10 baht is only 33C Aud. Not a big deal for someone who earns 10 times what a Thai takes home.
I love Thailand and I can put up with the way things are. I am a guest here and I didn’t come here to change things.