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Uber patrons in Chiang Mai

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Strange. Is it a Thai number? I just installed it to give it a try in BKK when I'm back. Using my Thai mobile outside Thailand and they sent the SMS verification straight away. No credit card details either as I don't think that's how it works in Thailand. Cash payment AFAIK.


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2 hours ago, Mekong Bob said:

off to a bad start.  signed up for uber, installed app on mobile phone.  provided phone number, credit card information.

ready to order a ride.  Uber wants to verify my phone, will send verification text (SMS) to my phone.  No code received after 3 tries.

Unable to proceed.  Is there a local phone to call?  Anyone else have similar experience?

 

I had the same problem

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I got told by a friend you have to pay using your card, no option to pay by cash, is that right? He did say you can pay cash with grabataxi

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A couple of times a year I have a visitors and see them down town for a few drinks and a meal.

I always use Red Taxis, 'Songtows'. Cheaper then Tuk Tuks and assuming you have an idea of the going rate worth the money.

 

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21 hours ago, Mekong Bob said:

off to a bad start.  signed up for uber, installed app on mobile phone.  provided phone number, credit card information.

ready to order a ride.  Uber wants to verify my phone, will send verification text (SMS) to my phone.  No code received after 3 tries.

Unable to proceed.  Is there a local phone to call?  Anyone else have similar experience?

 

 

This happened to me several times, I tried to sign up with them while in Vietnam as well as in Malaysia, both using a local number. The confirmation sms never came. It was GRAB for me then in Vietnam which worked smoothly, and in Malaysia I am using them since the first month of their operation anyway. As UBER is a US company you have to acknowledge customer service is non-existent

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Ah. My bad. Looks like it is credit card still. Guess I just wasn't asked to register one yet as I haven't tried to make a booking. Thinking to try it more in BKK though, not CM. I guess anything would be good in CM if it brought down there crazy prices of taxis there. Not to mention the even more obscenely priced red songtaews.


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6 minutes ago, SooKee said:

Ah. My bad. Looks like it is credit card still. Guess I just wasn't asked to register one yet as I haven't tried to make a booking. Thinking to try it more in BKK though, not CM. I guess anything would be good in CM if it brought down there crazy prices of taxis there. Not to mention the even more obscenely priced red songtaews.


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20 baht is an obscene price? 

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On 11/20/2016 at 6:47 AM, jobin said:

Y anyone would use Uber rather than a tuk-tuk is beyond me.  Go local, that's my motto.  But if you live far from the city, can't speak Thai, have no personal wheels, perhaps Uber is of some value.  

Well, i'm a Luddite regardless.  Have no smartphone so I'm 'out of the loop'.

 

   Uber cars are also local , Thai drivers  just the same as Tuk-tuks .

I do hope that uber replaces tuk-tuks

Tuk tuks are noisy dirty air polltters  and they mostly drive around empty of customers , filling up the roads , driving at speed and erratically and constantly harassing felang passers by asking them if they want a tuk tuk 

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25 minutes ago, kenk24 said:

 

20 baht is an obscene price? 

 

   Quite often, more often than not red cars will not accept 20 baht for a fare , Tapae gate to the bus station and they usually ask for 100 Baht , although , if you ask enough of them, you can get it for 50 Baht .

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Not in CNX but BKK, busy with some work in Chaeng Wattana, tried a couple of times to get Uber. First thing that happens is that the app rejects credit card payment and defaults to cash, then a driver needs 20 mins to come which is getting rather 40 mins with moving arrival times. One guy called, did not understand the map nor speak english, just canceled and falling back to waive one on the street. Uber is for people who don't know where they are and where they want to go.

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7 hours ago, sanemax said:

 

   Quite often, more often than not red cars will not accept 20 baht for a fare , Tapae gate to the bus station and they usually ask for 100 Baht , although , if you ask enough of them, you can get it for 50 Baht .

 

As you know, when they go off route, it becomes a different deal. And even at 100 baht, [$3 US] - it really does not sound expensive to me... but obscene? 

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9 hours ago, sanemax said:

 

   Quite often, more often than not red cars will not accept 20 baht for a fare , Tapae gate to the bus station and they usually ask for 100 Baht , although , if you ask enough of them, you can get it for 50 Baht .

Don't ask them how much it is or they'll assume you want a private hire. Tell the driver where you want to go, if he nods get in and give him 20B when you get out. 

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WE used GRAB taxi regulary when we lived in BKK. Fantastic. Prior to GRAB's arrival we had to go through the hassle of negotiating off meter prices all the time - and had to get a moto taxi to the end of our soi as taxis rarely cam up it. After GRAB turned up we just had to plug in our details, offer a small tip to increase the drivers interest and we always got a cab to the door whenever we wanted one.  I haven't tried it yet in CM, but will do at some point.

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