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Uber existed in Thailand until April 2018, but since then the only similar service is Grab. The Grab app works somewhat similarly to Uber, and allows you to hail a motorbike, a regular taxi, an Uber-like private car, or a premium vehicle such as a 7-passenger SUV. Many of the former Uber drivers continued to work as Grab drivers after the merger, and they now provide their service under the Just Grab service name, along with regular taxis. Grab is convenient when you don't see any taxi near you and you need one - all you need is the app on your phone with data connection. It is also helpful because you can enter your destination, which helps to skirt any language barrier, and you will not need to negotiate a price with taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter, or who refuse to drive to your destination. Grab supports the option of paying by cash by default, but if you prefer you can add your credit card to your profile and have your fare automatically billed.
As of May 2019, the issues with unscrupulous drivers seem to be getting worse and worse, especially in Bangkok. Particularly if you look like a tourist, you may really struggle to find a taxi driver willing to use the meter, and will almost certainly be quoted ludicrous prices even for very short trips. This can be very frustrating, time-consuming and costly, but due to the ongoing and worsening issues with traffic in the capital, it is an issue which shows no signs of going away anytime soon. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you avoid relying on taxis wherever possible, and make use of the BTS, MRT and extensive boat network, you will save time, money, and hassle. Getting ripped off several times a day is no way to enjoy yourself when in Thailand, but if everyone insisted on the meter these crooks would be out of a job.

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