I usually include a Getting There section before my hotel review because hotel websites don’t bother including this information unless you want to take their silly car service. With this new thing called Uber, the Getting There section is not as relevant.
Even with Uber, there is the occasional weird incident that reminds me how much I hate taxis. Here’s another one:
I arrived in Bangkok for my twelve hour layover. Originally, I was going to hit Khao San for drinks and food then go back to the airport for my 6AM flight. Since I’m getting too old for this shit, I booked a room at Le Meridien near the airport. Now I just needed to get there.
The taxi line at the airport was insane, so I launched the Uber app.
The Uber driver was already at the airport. Within seconds of getting into the car, I knew that this was going to be a hassle. First, the driver claimed he did not know where I was going even though the location was in his navigation. Then, he started mumbling, “Too much traffic, 200 baht, 200 baht.” I ignored him. After a few minutes, he went to the gas station, an Uber no no. Before filling up, he had the audacity to ask me for gas money. I refused.
Fifteen minutes later, we arrived at the hotel. He’s not getting 5 stars for that nonsense.
Uber is great both at home and abroad, but it certainly isn’t perfect.
Anyone have any sketch Uber stories to share?