Pattaya taxi drivers force tourist couple out of Uber car

Pattaya taxi drivers force tourist couple out of Uber car

The picture captured from a video by Uber driver Surasak Khukham shows a Pattaya taxi driver standing in front of his vehicle, preventing him leaving.
The picture captured from a video by Uber driver Surasak Khukham shows a Pattaya taxi driver standing in front of his vehicle, preventing him leaving.

As tourist husband & wife get into car in Pattaya, five men surround car in threatening manner & block it from leaving. Has also happened to real estate agents mistaken for Uber drivers.


Pattaya taxi drivers force tourist couple out of Uber car

Chaiyot Pupattanapong

Foreign tourists were forced out of an Uber car by a group of men, allegedly working for a local taxi company, allegedly angry local taxi drivers, who blocked the car from moving.

The incident appears to be part of an escalating conflict between Uber drivers and taxi drivers in which taxi drivers take vigilante action threatening Uber drivers and their passengers.


While the Uber driver, Surasak Kookham, 29, was picking up a foreign tourist couple on Pattaya Sai 2 Road.

The woman entered the car first while the husband was putting the luggage in the trunk.

While this was happening, the car was surrounded by five threatening men (thugs) who blocked the car and prevented it from leaving.

The men ordered the woman to get out of the car.

Frightened, she got out of the car.

Her husband took the luggage out of the car and joined his wife on the sidewalk.

The whole incident was recorded by the owner of the car on video.

The men did not let the car go even after the passenger left, the driver said.

The five men who threatened the driver and tourists were believed to work for a taxi cooperative in the Pattaya beach area.

Uber chauffeur Surasak Khukham files a complaint with Pattaya police that his car was blocked and his foreign passenger forcd to leave by a group of local cabbies in the beach resort city. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)


The Uber taxi driver Surasak Khukhan complained to police late on Wednesday night.

The men seemed undeterred by warnings from Pattaya police not to take action themselves against Uber cars they view as stealing passengers from them.


A similar, highly publicised incident occurred earlier this month in Pattaya, when a real estate agent carrying three Chinese clients in her car was chased and stopped by about 20 threatening men, allegedly local taxi drivers from the Loma taxi cooperative.

They had mistakenly thought the real estate agent was an Uber driver with passengers.


The California-based Uber company has expanded its service into Thailand, with Uber drivers using their private cars to carry passengers.

Technically, the ride- sharing service is illegal because the cars are not registered for public transport, but it has become popular with passengers fed up with being rejected by impolite taxi drivers.

Uber puts all drivers through a background check before they are allowed to work with the company and passengers, and whether the taxi driver is rude or not can be reported by passengers on the Uber app.


Uber drivers in Pattaya said it is a way to earn much-needed extra income, but the latest incident of vigilante intimidation made them fearful of working.

They want Uber and the government to come to an agreement and solve the problem.

They play down officials' expressed concern over possible risks faced by passengers because their cars are not registered as public vehicles under the state supervision.

The Uber app itself provides a greater level of customer feedback and supervision than the existing government system.

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  • appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
  • application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์
  • background: information about some person or subject that helps you better understand them and understand current events - ประวัติ
  • client: a customer or someone who receives services of a lawyer - ลูกความ
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง
  • cooperative: a business or farm owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them - สมาคมสหกรณ์
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก
  • escalate: to become much more serious or much worse - ทำให้เพิ่มขึ้น, ทำให้มากขึ้น
  • expanded (adj): made larger - ขยาย เพิ่ม
  • fed up with: annoyed or bored with something that you feel you have accepted for too long - เบื่อ, ผิดหวัง โดยเฉพาะกับสิ่งที่เจอมานาน
  • feedback: advice, criticism or information about how good or useful something or somebody's work is - ผลสะท้อนกลับ,การตอบกลับ
  • force (noun): making someone do something that they don't want to do - การบังคับ
  • frightened (adj): afraid; feeling fear - กลัว, ตกใจ, สะดุ้งตกใจกลัว
  • illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • impolite (adj.): not polite; rude; rough - ไม่สุภาพ,หยาบ
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • income: money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้
  • intimidation: deliberately making someone feel frightened, especially so that they will do what you want - ขู่ขวัญ
  • latest (adj): newest; most recent - ] ล่าสุด, See also: ทันสมัยที่สุด, เกิดหลังสุด
  • luggage (noun): baggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel - กระเป๋าเดินทาง
  • mistakenly: something that was done that was not correct, an error - ความผิดพลาด, ข้อผิดพลาด,ความเข้าใจผิด
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • order (verb): to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
  • passengers (noun): people who travel in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
  • public: open to people in general; intended to be seen or heard by people in general - อย่างเปิดเผยให้รู้
  • public: open to people in general; intending to be seen or heard by people in general - อย่างเปิดเผย
  • public transport: the system of buses, trains, etc. provided by the government or by companies, which people use to travel from one place to another - ขนส่งมวลชน
  • publicise: to make information about something generally available - เผยแพร่, ประกาศ
  • real estate: property - อสังหาริมทรัพย์
  • real estate agent: a person who sells property and real estate for other people -
  • register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน
  • reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
  • share: to have or use something at the same time as someone else - ใช้ร่วมกัน
  • sidewalk (noun): a flat part at the side of a road for people to walk on - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
  • similar: like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน
  • steal: to take something from a person, shop/store, etc. without permission and without intending to return it or pay for it - ขโมย
  • supervision: the process of making sure that something is being done properly - การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา
  • surrounded: having something,people, etc. completely around all sides - ถูกล้อมรอบ
  • technically: according to accepted methods of doing something - ทางเทคนิค
  • threaten (verb): to say or indicate that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่เข็ญ คุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
  • thug: a man who is violent, especially a criminal - นักเลง, อันธพาล
  • traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
  • transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
  • trunk (noun): (British "boot") the space at the back of a car that you put bags, cases, etc. in - ห้องเก็บของ
  • undeterred: continuing to do something even though you are not successful or people do not support you -
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
  • vigilante (noun): a member of a group of people who try to prevent crime or punish criminals in their community, especially because they think the police are not doing this - กลุ่มคนลงโทษผู้กระทำผิดโดยพลการ (โดยไม่มีอำนาจตามกฎหมาย)
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
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