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I met an american guy in Manila last year and his advice to me about taxis was to, always get your bags and stuff out of the taxi before you pay the driver. In the past A friend of his paid the driver and got out of the taxi to get his things but the driver sped away...

 

I go one step further than that. I always keep the bags in the back seat next to me.

I don't want the hassle of a driver demanding to be paid before he opens the trunk.

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udonthani

I wouldn't go to that extreme, of putting the bags in the back seat.

 

I only very rarely have had any problems with cab drivers. When I'm alone, I always sit beside the driver in the front - this is the norm in most countries in the world really. This alone reduces the chances of a driver trying any funny stuff by about 90%. He's much more likely to think of you as being like a pal than a potential victim if you sit in the front with him.

 

when the car stops, get out. He will too, and just pay him when the trunk is open.

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I wouldn't go to that extreme, of putting the bags in the back seat.

 

I only very rarely have had any problems with cab drivers. When I'm alone, I always sit beside the driver in the front - this is the norm in most countries in the world really. This alone reduces the chances of a driver trying any funny stuff by about 90%. He's much more likely to think of you as being like a pal than a potential victim if you sit in the front with him.

 

when the car stops, get out. He will too, and just pay him when the trunk is open.

 

Me thinks you might have been drinking a little! LOLOLOL In the US, sitting in the front seat in big cities is mostly impossible. But I know this is not about the US. But I have never ridden in the front seat of a taxi except for here and that's when there are 4 of us. As far as the driver getting out, very seldom unless there are groceries and he wants more tip by helping.

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udonthani

it's impossible in the famous UK black cabs as well, but not in the more common minicabs.

 

I know it's the norm in the US for people never to sit in the front. But in most other places, it wouldn't occur to a single male passenger to sit anywhere else.

 

I always sit in the front in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia etc, in fact just about everywhere where there's a front seat, if I'm alone. Sometimes, a driver acts surprised as a lot of the tourists automatically sit in the back seat, but usually they don't give it a second's thought. None of them have ever asked me to sit in the back, as if I was breaking some rule.

 

believe me, if you get out of a taxi without paying, the driver will straight away get out too.

 

but most of the time, when you do have bags big enough to put in the trunk, the risk of theft is very minimal anyway, even if you hadn't noted down their number, though I'm not saying it does happen, because of course it does. Think about it - the car is usually pulling up at airports, ferry terminals, bus stations, in front of hotels, etc, where there are lots of witnesses. To risky for a driver that isn't totally off his face on shabu.

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broden

front seat riding usually depends on a few thing . in NYC there is generally glass between the front and back seat and they want you back there

 

in some places i've been . generally smaller towns .. where there is no glass .. if you are riding alone alot , i don't think i would say a majority though, of drivers want you beside them rather then behind them for their own safety as they can keep an eye on you better

 

most of how a driver acts depends on how long they've been driving and if they've been assaulted or mugged in the past . just as much as it depends on any given taxi company's policy

 

then of course there are also gypsy cabs in New York and those are a whole different ballgame

 

then of course it all goes out the window if you already know or get to know the drivers

 

you get a good cabbie you are happy with tip and ask for him or her again when possible

everyone likes a good customer and a good word in their favor

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When I'm alone, I always sit beside the driver in the front - this is the norm in most countries in the world really.

 

You can thank the aussies for this custom which was virtually unknown anywhere i travelled to 30 years ago....i had to explain it to other travellers in malaysia and thailand who thought i was a bit odd......it's an egalitarian aussie "we're all equal mate" or "only royalty sit on their own in the back seat" thing. Lots of english immigrants in australia regard it as one of the defining characteristics of the aussie culture. I've caught a few filipino taxi drivers off guard as they often have the front seat pushed right forward but if any of my mates saw me on my own in the back of a cab, i would cop the "who the f,,, do you think you are" kind of stirring.

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udonthani

it's much better to interract with the driver if you sit in front, also if you know where you're going more than he does, and you have to direct him, it's much easier. You can also see a lot more in the front than the back.

 

it's psychological. Sitting up front beside him, where you have proper eye contact rather than trying to catch each other in the rear view mirror, and it's much easier to make a friend, to have him like you. And when that happens, the chance of overcharging, theft, or other funny stuff goes down massively.

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Jess Bartone

Hello Pianoman, your post tells me two good things, firstly they trust you enough to let you take their daughter out without a chaperone, and secondly, they are demanding you bring her home each night. You are a lucky man indeed, be patient.

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I have lived in this country for about eight (8) years. I began coming here in the very early '90s. I have yet to have been mugged while in a taxi, waiting for a taxi, or after leaving a taxi.

 

Edit: In most places you will go, there is a guard, as has been stated, who will write the taxi plate numbers down. This is becoming the norm here. In most cases, you will have few problems with taxis. Just don't act like a newbie and they will never know.

 

A taxi ride from AppleTree Suites to Pardo should be less than Php 100, depending on traffic.

 

Advice: Tell the driver you come to Cebu about 3 times per year.

 

More Advice: If you insist on the girl staying with you, she most likely will. If she doesn't, there are plenty who will.

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When I visited my gf I rented two rooms in the hotel. My gf and her sister stayed in the second room. That was fine with the parents..

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Shadow Sword

Taxis are great way to get around if you know your way around. I mean like going to SM the shortest possible route without getting dinged by the driver who thinks cuz youre an american you dont know your way around that well. Its best if you travel with a companion (whether its your gf or relative) that way you can know what points to look out for prior to arriving at your destination. When I was staying in Cebu for a year back in April 08 to March 09 I took a few taxi rides with my uncle to memorize that various stores and what not on my way to SM Cebu. Now I recall all the stores I pass on the way there so I wont get ripped off on a cab fare.

 

BTW My cousin is the General Manager at the Waterfront Hotel/Casino across from Cebu Mactan airport. They have pretty good rooms there. I know this because he gave me a free night there for my birthday on April 08. lol :)

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digiteye

On my trip to Bohol I hired a driver over the internet before my arrival in the Phils. He was there at the port in Tagbilaran on time, the car was same as specified before, the guy was friendly.

On the trip there was some misunderstanding, as he wanted to do the usual tourist route which I clearly refused in advance, yet he gave it a try. Its the trip that involves that stupid river boat trip with the buffet and a loud performer singing. It takes quite a long time, the food is not particularly good and you end up at a fake "tribal" village where you can spend money on fake "tribal art".

 

When we arrived at the place and i realized what it was, I wanted to refuse the boat trip but the guy told me with scared face that he already paid for the lunch on the boat. I might be stupid but I believed him and then suffered all the boat trip.

 

After the boat ride I asked him to take me to the tarsier sanctuary, first he was reluctant as he was about finishing with my trip and get rid of me. Eventually we started. After a short drive he pulled over at a house and told me that was the sanctuary. I was utterly surprised as it looked like a house in the middle of nowhere and the area was not covered by much forest. I asked him where on earth to find here the tarsiers. He said they were in the garden of the house.... so I figured it was another try to cheat me. I told him that I wanted to go to the real sanctuary not this house, he was not happy as that place was quite a bit further down. Eventually we drove there and I could see the tarsiers in their own habitat. I have spent 2 hours there and no visitors came by - apparently most tourists are diverted to those houses where tarsiers are kept illegally.

 

The funny end of the story is that the guys I hired for carrying my camera equipment (I was there for some filming), accidentally left one bag in the back of the car and I only realized it about 15 minutes after the river left. The bag contained the most expensive item, my camera, a few hundred k pesos worth. I was freaked out, I was certain that I will never see my camera again.

End of story, after calling the guy, he came back on a motor bike with my bag.... It could have been worse.

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thebob

I also always sit in the front. I'm pretty tall and there is more head room.

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I've traveled in the peens by cab a ton of times.

 

If I sit in the back or the front I always make sure the meter is running. There have been a few occasions where the driver didn't turn on the meter. I always demanded for it to be turned on. Once the driver said it was broken. When my friends and I told him to stop the car because we were getting out he complied. Of course on this occasion we weren't in a huge hurry and it was daylight in a good area.

 

Otherwise, If I've been drinking, am alone or have the opportunity I'll get a cab in front of say SM, with a guard calling the cab. In front of a big hotel, again with a guard or doorman.

 

There has been a few occasions in Makati, at the Greenbelt, at night, the cabs wouldn't even pick me up??

 

Last story... Once I was with 2 other white guys and a Filipino. We were leaving a big mall and were standing in line for a cab. When it was our turn the cab that pulled up was a white one, and totally beat. The driver told our Filipino companion that he wouldn't take us because his tires were too bald.. no kidding. We talked him into taking us, but he was right. The car drove like complete S**T.

 

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samatm

I'll just tell you how it worked for me on my first visit with my now fianc

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