How it works:
- Version 1: claims that the meter is broken, and so charges you an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: offers to bring you on a multi-day tour, collects a deposit and then disappears.
- Version 3: taking a longer route or detour to inflate the fare.
- Version 4: claiming that a place is closed and bringing you somewhere else where he gets a commission.
Places to beware:
- Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots.
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Uber, PassApp, Exnet, Itsumo, 711Go).
- Longhauling: be very clear when communicating your destination. Check your phone’s GPS to see if you are headed in the correct direction, though detours may be taken to avoid jams.
- Alternatively, Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) has 20+ other transport options.