How to Deal with Dishonest Taxi Drivers in the Philippines

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


  1. Great tip it conveys the message “Hey buddy I know how this works cut the crap” in a non confronational way.

  2. In south africa this is even worse, because we don’t have regulated or metered taxis, so the taxi will just make up, or change, the price once you’re already on the road and can’t leave.

  3. I am so lucky to have an asawa that can handle the scam artists. We won’t even get in, until the fare is negotiated, having no problem with taking a hike, if they persist. They’re not ALL scam artists, and it has never taken more than 5-10 minutes, to find an honest one. Whether in Manila, or the province, they’re dealing with a experienced local, not with me. This works in all financial matters. You want to borrow 1,000 pesos? Me, I’m the President. Talk to my Minister of Finance. I’ll sign off on whatever she says. But if you’re coming to me first, we both know how that tune will end.

  4. This is really a problem , especially in Manila. That is why I stay at Belmont or Savoy by the airport. I just use the ube busses around the terminals

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