In Pattaya, motorcycle taxi drivers compete for the attention of visitors, it comes to mass fights

27.01.2023
In Pattaya, motorcycle taxi drivers compete for the attention of visitors, it comes to mass fights

January 25 in Pattaya there was a major fight between motorcycle taxi drivers because of customers. According to Thai media, motorcyclists wearing orange caps attacked competitors who were taking orders from the Bolt app outside the Arcadia Beach Resort at 7 Soi Thappraya in South Pattaya.

When local taxi drivers began to resist them, a verbal argument ensued, and other motorcyclists were called to help. The altercation was accompanied by the use of weapons such as crowbars and baseball bats, injuring three people and injuring some. This is not an isolated case: just a few days earlier, a fight broke out between taxi drivers in northern Pattaya, during which weapons were used.

Since “tuk-tuk” (the so-called three-wheeled motorcycle taxi) is rare in this city, motorcycle taxis have become very popular among both locals and tourists. Their vests are yellow or orange with numbers, permits with photos and names, and fares that are displayed upon request.

However, travelers often complain that they have to pay more than they should because they are foreigners and it is difficult for them to explain the routes before the trip; these problems have been solved with the help of various aggregators such as Grab, inDriver or Bolt, which offer good prices with Russian-language options, where passengers can enter the destination in advance via geolocation on drivers' smartphones.