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Phuket tuk-tuk driver praised for offering B100 fare

Phuket tuk-tuk driver praised for offering B100 fare

PHUKET: A tuk-tuk driver in Phuket Town has been praised for offering to take a group of Thai tourists around town for just B100.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 20 April 2022, 09:50AM


Mr Suchart and his tuk-tuk in Phuket Town. Photo: PR Phuket

Mr Suchart and his tuk-tuk in Phuket Town. Photo: PR Phuket

The news was reported on the main national website of state news agency NNT, following one of the tourists, Phet Yotsawat, posting details of the experience on the Phuket Review Facebook group online on Monday (Apr 18).

Mr Phet explained that he and his friends were walking through Phuket Town looking for a nice place to have something to eat when they walked past the tuk-tuk driver, 54-year-old Suchart Nitiwaranurak.

Mr Suchart asked if they would like to be driven to the various main sightseeing and shopping areas for just B50.

The group were at first suspicious and pointed out that there were five of them, to which Mr Suchart agreed B100 would be enough to hire him for two hours to drive the group around town.

“This was very cheap and he sat and waited for us while we were walking around, shopping for souvenirs,” Mr Phet posted.

In total, the chauffeured sightseeing and shopping trip lasted three hours, from 1pm to 4pm.

Impressed with the service, Mr Phet and his friends gave Mr Suchart B300 for his time.

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“Very worthwhile. Recommend [for] people who want to travel with a breakthrough [sic],” Mr Phet posted.

Mr Suchart could be found near “the fountain roundabout in the city 087-886-7527”, he added.

The post by Mr Phet attracted many comments by Thai people praising Mr Suchart for not taking advantage of tourists, a practice that Phuket’s public transport drivers have become notorious for among even Thai tourists.

Mr Suchart’s explanation for offering what in Phuket was a very cheap fare was simple: “I want many more tourists, Thai and foreign, to come to travel to Phuket so Phuket will return to be as good as it was before the pandemic.

“I took the group to Thalang Rd, Krabi Rd and Khao Rang and to some souvenir shops. I get a little money from the souvenir shop, so B50 to B100 is enough to charge as a fare. 

“Do not charge too much. That gives us a bad name. If we take what we need to pay for petrol and food, and go home to support our family., tourists will come again,” he said.

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vegasbaby | 20 April 2022 - 22:52:34

Hope the mafia doesn't come around to teach him a lesson...

Fascinated | 20 April 2022 - 12:24:52

A shame others don't have his mindset. The rest drag his efforts down and the serial whingers turn up to decry his good deed.

Kurt | 20 April 2022 - 10:53:30

A great man! Good thinking of him. 300 fare- + tips of souvenir shops. He should train colleagues in tourist thinking during these provincial drivers meetings. Contribute more than the presence of self kicking V/Governors/rear admirals.

Timothy | 20 April 2022 - 10:49:22

This cheap tuk tuk tour scam has been going on forever.  On my first trip to BKK back in the 80's all the tuk tuks had signs listing day tours for 50 baht. Of course they took you to all their friends "souvenir" shops, gold shops, and other rip off places. The tour doesn't end till you buy something. Everyone knows this is a scam and not an "honest" tuk tuk driver FFS. ...

JohnC | 20 April 2022 - 10:01:13

Grasping at straws desperate to try and make Phuket's tuk-tuk mafia look good at any cost. Next there will be a story about an airport taxi driver actually doing his job and driving carefully and safely all the way to the hotel. Wouldn't that be a miracle!

 

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