Thailand Travel Guide
Most Thai taxis now have meters installed, and these are the ones tourists should take. (However, the drivers of Chiang Mai's small fleet of "meter" taxis often demand flat fees instead. Bargain.) Taxis waiting at hotels are more likely to demand a high flat fare than those flagged down on the street. Never enter any taxi until the price has been established or the driver agrees to use the meter. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, but all understand the finger count. One finger means B10, two is for B20, and so on. Whenever possible, ask at your hotel front desk what the approximate fare should be. If you flag down a meter taxi and the driver refuses to use the meter, you can try to negotiate a better fare or simply get another taxi. If you negotiate too much, he will simply take you on a long route to jack the meter price up.