Why must I pay an extra B100 for a taxi at the airport?

I have arrived at the Phuket Airport a number of times during the past month, and walked across the parking area to the metered taxi stand.

On several occasions the taxi has been stopped before the exit gates and I have been asked to pay B100 to some people, who I can only assume are some kind of mafia.

On other occassions these people are absent and the B100 is then added to the fare on the meter.

I hire metered taxis expecting to pay what the meter totals – not extra. To a newcomer or a tourist this must seem as blatant...

  • Asked on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 | 02:06 PM
    PGF, Phuket.

The 100 baht is a legal charge. It is the fee levied on meter taxis for using the airport area, and is in addition to the amount shown on the meter.

So passengers using meter taxis from the airport must pay 100 baht in addition to the fare on the meter.

  • Answered on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 | 02:06 PM
    Teerayuth Prasertphol, Deputy Chief of the Phuket Provincial Transportation Office (PPTO).
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