Trials and tribulations of Bangkok taxis

The cab driver pressed on the accelerator, driving fast and furiously until I felt enough was enough; I ordered him to pull over, gave him the fare and stepped out of the car. Picking up a local passenger like me from a shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road is not a way for him to make much money. I bet he drove straight back along the same road to pick up tourists.

Like many living in or visiting Bangkok, I have more than a few sour memories of these cab drivers. Like many, I have got into arguments with cab drivers over politics.

Some drivers are outright rude and intrusive. Once, a driver got irritated with my obsessive use of my smartphone and repeatedly said, "Sangkhom koem nah" (a society where people just look at the phone).

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