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Suvarnabhumi Airport Implements Strict Measures Against Unregistered Taxis and Tour Guides

BANGKOK, THAILAND – In a decisive move to enhance security and service quality, Suvarnabhumi Airport has announced a comprehensive crackdown on unregistered taxis and tour guides, introducing fines and potential jail time for violators. This initiative comes as a response to the persistent issue of taxi fraud and illegal guiding services that have shadowed the airport since its transition from Don Mueang three years ago.

Despite previous efforts to address the problem, these unauthorized operators have proven resilient, continually resurfacing within the airport’s premises. To combat this, Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) Chairman Piyaphan Champasut revealed the formation of a subcommittee on transport control, established in May, dedicated to enforcing stringent suppression measures.

The subcommittee, led by Land Transport Department Director-General Chairat Sanugansue, aims to ensure the effectiveness of the crackdown through on-ground special operation units. These units will not only target illegal operators but also implement additional regulations, including zoning and parking time limits, to streamline airport transportation services.

In collaboration with the Tourist Police Bureau and the Department of Land Transport, the airport authorities discussed the ongoing challenges and the necessity of declaring the airport a controlled area for tour guides and taxis since 2006. Despite numerous arrests and fines levied against offenders, the problem has persisted, prompting the need for reinforced actions.

Under the new policy, unregistered tour guides and taxi drivers face a fine of 2,000 baht and up to a year in prison. The penalties escalate for those found using aggressive sales tactics or engaging in physical abuse, especially during nighttime operations, with potential imprisonment of up to five years and fines reaching 10,000 baht.

Chairman Piyaphan expressed confidence in the effectiveness of these stricter measures, anticipating visible improvements within the next two months. The airport will conduct bi-weekly assessments to monitor the success of the enforcement and adjust strategies as necessary to ensure a safe and hassle-free experience for travelers at Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Oh, joy, Suvarnabhumi Airport is at it again with its latest grand plan to rid itself of the unregistered taxi and tour guide scourge. Because, you know, all their previous attempts have been roaring successes, right? This time, they’re rolling out the red carpet for fines and jail time, with a shiny new ‘special operation unit’ to enforce these measures. Because nothing screams “solution” like creating a prime target for the very corruption they’re trying to eliminate.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Suvarnabhumi has been a hotbed for every scam under the tropical sun since it opened its doors, acting as the unofficial welcome committee for Thailand. It’s the first impression of the country for many, and what a lasting impression it makes—usually one of being fleeced by the welcoming party of taxi drivers and faux tour guides eager to part tourists from their cash. The airport’s latest initiative promises to tackle these issues head-on, but forgive me for not holding my breath.

The introduction of hefty fines and potential jail time sounds impressive on paper, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s just another temporary fix, a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. The real test will be whether this ‘special operation unit’ becomes another cog in the scam machine or actually makes a dent in the airport’s long-standing issues.

So, as Suvarnabhumi Airport gears up for its latest battle against the dark arts of scamming, one can’t help but remain a tad skeptical. Will this initiative truly clean up the airport’s act, or will it simply push the scammers to up their game? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your Suvarnabhumi stories—the good, the bad, and the downright scandalous. Drop your experiences in the comments below, and let’s see if there’s any light at the end of this turbulent runway.