Taxi driver fined $60 for ripping off Thai tourist in Da Nang

By Hoang Phong    November 22, 2023 | 12:36 am PT
Taxi driver fined $60 for ripping off Thai tourist in Da Nang
Foreign tourists walk on a street in Da Nang, central Vietnam, October 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong
Transport inspectors in the central city of Da Nang have slapped a fine of VND1.5 million (US$61) against a taxi driver who charged a Thai tourist 2.5 times the negotiated fare.

The driver, Tran Anh Tuan, also had his driving license revoked for two months, Cong An Nhan Dan reported.

The move came a week after the Thai female tourist complained on social media, saying she had booked a car for VND1.5 million (US$61) for traveling from her downtown hotel to Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills and Hoi An city.

The driver later asked her to pay VND3.8 million, 2.5 times against the negotiated fare.

She also uploaded a photo of the driver’s car with a yellow license plate, with many Vietnamese netizens calling for an investigation to avoid hurting Da Nang’s tourism reputation.

Authorities confirmed the Thai tourist’s allegations on social media were true.

Da Nang, famous for its long, sandy beaches, is a popular destination for tourists from Thailand but taxi scams have been frequently reported.

Earlier this year a man in Da Nang was fined VND11 million for impersonating a taxi driver and charging a South Korean tourist 10 times the usual fare.

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