“All Foreigners Are Rich, Right?” Whether you’re just here for two weeks or you’ve been here for a year, unless you either speak the local dialect or have a Filipina with you.. expect to have to do some haggling.
With the tricycles, those guys just don’t care. The rate for a ride is supposed to be 8 pesos. That should be enough to get you about ten or twelve blocks in town. But if you, as a foreigner, walk up to an empty tricycle and try to get that 8 peso rate (about 17 cents, USD).. prepare to haggle. For one thing, he’s not gonna move that tricycle until he’s packed in about five other passengers on the motorcycle and sidecar. If you’re willing to wait for more passengers going your direction, you only pay the 8 pesos and all is cool.
But.. if you want to him to take just you somewhere, now he has what they call the ‘Pacquao’ rate. Usually they will say they need at least 3 passengers and you gotta pay for 3 passengers even if you’re alone. But that’s just a starting point. Three times eight ‘should’ be 24 pesos, but.. no. It’s gonna cost anywhere from 50 to 90 pesos if you want to ride that tricycle ‘now’ and by yourself. So the real trick to getting the 8 peso rate is to find a tricycle that has only one or two seats left which is going in your general direction and they won’t even hassle you about the price. You pay the 8 pesos when you arrive and you’re done.
This segment I had to break into 2 parts, so both of them are here. Hope you find it useful if you’ve never been here. If you’re an experience Expat, feel free to share any other tips and helps for haggling you’ve learned here in-country in the comments section below. Thanks, and enjoy..
Henry “Reekay” V.
After 49 years living in Southern California, USA, I decided to move to the Philippines despite never having been here before. In July, 2012, I took a leap of faith and transplanted myself to the amazing Philippines. I am a single man taking an honest look at all that the islands here have to offer, one day at a time. I hope you find my LBTSea site informative, entertaining and hopefully a bit of each. 🙂 Be sure to visit the Forum and other parts of what the site has to offer. Browse around and be sure to sign up for updates via email. Enjoy!