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3…2…1…Blastoff!

The best taxi driver ever just drove me home. As soon as I got in the cab he asked me where I was from. When I told him Australia, he responded with boxing kangaroo! We laughed about this for a bit and then he said kangaroos in Australia are like dogs in Thailand! I don’t know why but I found this extremely witty and started laughing heartily, and the driver joined in. So we were driving along laughing about not all that much, in a slightly manic way, and occasionally the driver would add something like in Thailand dogs run in front of the car, in Australia it’s kangaroos! (it’s funny because it’s true).

When the giggles died down we chatted a bit more and he taught me a couple of new words. Then we got to traffic lights. In Bangkok the traffic lights count down, so you know how much longer you have to wait for the red light to turn green, or how much time you have to get through the intersection before the green light goes red again. As the red counted down, the driver started counting down in English, and I joined in, counting in Thai. As you can imagine, the giggling became uncontrollable and as we got nearer to the green light.…4…3…2…1…BLASTOFF! (imagine us both making rocket noises here)

Apparently some things are universal.

The best taxi driver in Bangkok’s name is Mr Arun Pruksapong and he hires out his seven seat cab for day trips (2500 baht per day if I recall correctly). He can be contacted on 086-6333-885.

True Bangkok Stories: Old man taxi scammer

I know Thailand is on the brink of a coup…but there is something more pressing we need to address.

This morning, I came to work in a taxi and the friendly old taxi driver with his ecclectic collection of statues on his dashboard and his grumbling about protests SCAMMED ME! I pulled him up on trying to short change me (by a casual 100 Baht) and he played dumb (like a 500 year old taxi driver hasn’t figured out how to count change yet) and then did all kinds of switcheroo and getting confused and counting out notes…that 2 hours later I realise WAS A SCAM! He short changed me by 100% of the taxi fare! Goodness knows I regularly volunteer twice the amount I should pay all the time just to avoid the haggle. He didn’t need to be so sneaky to get cash from me!

I’ve probably had similar things happen to me in the past but I’ve never noticed before. It’s one of the many benefits of being a bit flakey. The world and its scammers just pass me by…probably removing half the contents of my wallet. But now that I have been exposed to the ugly underbelly of the taxi industry I don’t know if I will ever be the same. I chatted and was friendly to that wrinkly old jerk face. I GAVE HIM A TIP! Oh, innocence lost, how I so dearly miss you…