How it works:
- Version 1: works with a street tout to get you on an expensive, low quality tour, or sends you to shops (e.g. Spice Garden, gem shop) where he gets a cut.
- Version 2: avoids discussing the price at the start, only to charge you an inflated fare at the end of a ride.
- Version 3: quotes a low price at first only to bring you somewhere secluded later and to jack up the price.
- Version 4: shortchange or claiming no change.
- Version 5: metered tuk-tuks which take a longer route to jack up the price.
- Version 6: offering to buy a bus ticket for you which will be wildly overpriced.
- Version 7: at a bus station, claiming no bus to your destination when there is.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to location tags above
What to do:
- Avoid: if they claim to be a government tuk-tuk (no such thing) or offer to bring you on a tour.
- Engage: only for short trips, and decide on a price first or insist to use the meter.
- Photo: take a photo of the registration number in case you need to seek recourse.
- Apps: use apps like PickMe – drivers are less likely to cheat since it’s all tracked.
- Use GPS: so you would not be lost if brought to a secluded place and you can tell if the driver is taking a longer route than required.