Burma (Myanmar) Taxis

Information about taking a taxi in Burma (Myanmar).

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Stephen Benno

November 15th, 2013

Rangoon taxis over the last half century have been among the very worst in the world, not because they rip you off, but because their cars were often held together by hope and bailing wire, and they more often than not have no idea where you want to go.

Since the opening up of the country and the drop of most international sanctions, new cars have flooded in like locusts, half of them taxis! Good news, bad news, and same old news. Good for better cars and air-con comfort. Bad for the bailing wire cabal. Bad, very bad for traffic.

The easiest commute of any major Asian city has very quickly become one of the worst. Same old news — 70% of Yangon taxi drivers, even if in a new car, have no flippin' idea where anything is! Part of it is a complete inability to understand a word you say. Most of it, is that they have no idea, save for Shwedagon Pagoda and the airport. Good news — they remain incredibly cheap! $7.00 for a 45 minute ride from airport to downtown.

Tip: Have your hotel doorman make 100% sure the driver knows where he's going before you get in. If hailing on the street, make as sure as possible they really, really know how to get where you are going. If they pause for one second, hail the next one! Rinse, lather, repeat.

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