Shortly after the recent price elevation of internet service charges by Phangan Hadrin Committee, also the Ministry of Transportation has public announced a taxi fee increase of another 40%.
Koh Phangan’s Ministry of Transportation, locally also known as the taxi mafia, has decided to raise local taxi fares from main town Thongsala to Hadrin beach, the host of the monthly Full Moon Party event, by an average of 40%. Therefore taxi fares will raise from formerly 50 Baht per person to a very affordable and very reasonable 70 Baht per person only.
Koh Phangan Ministry of Transportation officials announced that this step had to be taken to prevent further damage to the local economic infrastructure. Due to the recent devastating low numbers of tourists travelling to the Full Moon Party Island in the south of Thailand local taxi driver unions experienced a massive and shocking drop in their daily income.
“The situation here is more than critical!” another taxi union member stated.
“We used to make so much and so easy money over the last recent years. But due to the current oil and petrol prices and the low numbers of tourists we are left we no other choice than to increase the taxi fares to 70 Baht per person. I hope tourists will understand this and support us in any way they can. We must strongly work together to overcome this global crisis.”, he further added.
Koh Phangan Island’s economists are still very skeptic about the steps taken by Hadrin Committee and the local Taxi driver unions in preventing further damage to the sensitive and fragile tourism industry. The island’s top leading economists have issued a very serious warning today, that local service providers should not abuse and exploit the tourists coming to this wonderful island.