Re: ''Ripped off at the rank'' (PostBag, July 27).
Really, I'm not surprised. My partner and I are in and out of Bangkok several times a year and have tried getting one of the bigger taxis upon arrival but are always quoted 1,000 baht. I always decline and try to fit all our luggage into a normal taxi, which is a challenge because of the fuel tank in the back.
Let me share a story that happened just this past Tuesday evening. Having arrived from Germany around 6pm we proceeded directly to the taxi rank and were surprised to find no queue and plenty of drivers waiting. We gave our destination as Sathorn/Silom and were given the white receipt. Having taken many taxis from the airport, I'm always wary as they sometimes have the meter on already, showing 35 baht _ but it's in wait mode. This evening that did not happen and the driver turned the engine on and off as we went. About five minutes into the journey he asked for the white airport receipt from my partner and he handed it over.
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