Technology is making it easier for expats to live in foreign lands. Another good example of this is Uber, which is a cross between a taxi and a limousine company. If you want something a bit more luxurious than the average taxi, all you need to do is use your smartphone and the Uber app to call a ride. Don’t worry about hard pronouncing Thai addresses, the driver will be able to see where you are on his smartphone. At the same time, you will be see where your driver is on your own smartphone. They are still in the testing stage so it might take longer than normal for your ride to arrive.
A luxury ride doesn’t come cheap though. But it might be worth it if you are having difficulty finding a regular taxi late at night. Base fare is 45 Baht and then it is 2.5 Baht per minute and 9.2 Baht per kilometer. Minimum fare is 75 Baht. There are some fixed fares to the airport for 1,000 Baht and to Pattaya for 3,000 Baht. At the moment, they have a promo code that allows you to get your first ride for free (valued up to 300 baht). Download the Uber app from the App Store or Google play and enter the code uxtb6. For more information, visit their website at www.uber.com or their Facebook page.