Glad to Know Thai People Lie Walked out of the Hotel to flag down a Taxi, the driver says the airport is closed, he can take me close, but I will need to walk into the Airport… They PAD Yellow Shirt protester in Thailand are supposed to have seized the airport and closed it down.
While in the Taxi, the driver turns on the Radio, he has already refused to turn on the Meter, I am held hostage for a 500 Baht Taxi trip, about double the normal, then about half the way to the airport he says, “All flights cancelled.” I say, “Go Airport,”
He is angry, I do not care, he is a liar, it is the culture, but I am betting another 500 Baht Taxi trip, hours of waiting in traffic, mass confusion with a Taxi driver that will say anything to make the extra Baht. If he can convince me to turn around, he will earn 500 Baht for the trip, not have to make the trip and another fare for the return trip to Khao San Road.
If I turn around, I risk losing a 1000-dollar plane ticket from Bangkok to Indianapolis, Indiana, and missing Thanksgiving Dinner.
I know Thailand, I never would just trust a Thailand person, and for sure, I would not trust any Taxi driver on planet Earth.
The airport drop off area is closed, the PAD, the yellow shirt protest are lined up on the top deck of the airport, there are multiple road blocks, however we do go all the way to the airport. He drops at the lowest areas, truly the traffic was not that bad, just a confusing.
I got on the Korea Air flight to Seoul, there was no problem, life is good and I am out of Thailand.
The last thing I get to hear is a Thailand Taxi driver lying to me, but this is the culture, they will say about anything plausible, and if you buy it, you lose and you can go home saying, "the Thailand people are so nice..." -- aagh!
If I had trusted the Thailand culture to be honest, I would have missed a flight, missed Thanksgiving and maybe lost 1000 US Dollars.