Ubon Ratchathani Change of Taxi Home

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Robert Burns Scots Poem 1785

All of us at some point in our life have had plans go awry. They could have been simple plans, evil plans, vacation plans, business plans, financial plans or relationship plans.¬† But it is part of life that plans don’t always go as envisioned or hoped for.

When I was serving in the military we would always include Murphy on the manifest for every mission we executed. We did this because we knew if anything could go wrong it would and that name was a constant reminder. It was a necessity to not only plan for redundancy but also to have a plan b.

The Ubon Ratchathani Chamber of Commerce made plans to offer taxi service with a home base at Ubon’s airport. This service was suppose¬† to be active for testing May 1. I posted this story a few days ago but now I must recant it. Or at least part of it.

Things are not always as they seem. At the 11th hour there was a change of venue and the taxi service is now headquartered at Ubon Ratchathani main bus terminal. There are indeed here in town. I have seen them driving around, but without fares.

So if you read my story and bounded out of the airport terminal building after claiming your luggage from the carousel you would have been disappointed in your search for a blue and yellow sedan.

I can only surmise the reason for this change. There has been no reason given. But such is life. The only thing we can count on is change. You can still catch a cab at the bus terminal or call dispatch to come pick you up wherever you may be in Ubon Ratchathani.


  1. I wonder if the officials felt that most people coming into the airport would have transportation set up through their hotel or friends. I also wonder how the price of a taxi will compare to the price of a tuk-tuk.

  2. Most airline passengers are locals, not tourists and the travelers do stay many places beside the 5-6 major hotels. Tuk tuks are not allowed to wait inside the airport compound. So currently the choice there is hotel vans, have friend or family pick you up, or the taxi service offered from the car rental places.
    In the last few years tuk tuk rates have doubled. Not so long ago when arriving at the bus terminal I could get a tuk tuk home for 60-80 Baht. Now it is 120-150 Baht for the same distance. There has also been too many instances of tuk tuks over-charging foreign travelers.
    And just a side note. I was walkiing down the street last week and walked passed a group of tuk tuk drivers sitting on the sidewalk waiting for fares. Between them were bottles of beer and glasses that they were enjoying some cold ones.

    Taxi meter drop rate is 30 Baht so I think it would depend on distance and time if it is cheaper than a tuk tuk. But you are covered and they do have air.

  3. In February, I was paying 50 baht for a tuk-tuk to take me to the SK Shopping Park from the Sunee Grand Hotel. It was the same for the return trip. I couldn’t get them to go lower. The tuk-tuk drivers mentioned the price of gas being high. The tuk-tuk drivers at the Tesco Lotus didn’t seem very interested in going to the SK Shopping Park. Would you happen to know why the cars drive on the right-side of the road at the Tesco Lotus?

  4. Bob. That sounds about right Sunee to Ying Charoen (SK). It might be a matter of convenience and money. It should only be 20-30 baht from Tesco to SK. It might take less time to walk.
    Most of the lanes at Tesco were intended to be one way. I have no idea why that lane exiting to the northside is right side driving.

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