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Taxi to the Mandalay Grand Royal Palace… How much?

By on March 25, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

Taxis in Mandalay seem to be a bit random… and I can’t work them out, particularly when it comes to price.

Yesterday I took a 40 minute taxi ride from the airport to the hotel – total cost 12,000 kyat (US$12; £8). Today I took a taxi some 15 minutes down the road at it cost 7,000 kyat (US$7; £5). Based on time it should have been around 1/3 the price of the airport run, i.e. 4,000 kyat, and in terms of distance it should have been around 2,000 kyat or less.

Update: I have now been told that taxis in Mandalay are some of most expensive in Myanmar (why?), and the cost is done on the hour, which is around 7,000 kyat, in which case, why did the airport run cost 12,000 kyat, it should have been around 5,000 – I’m now very confused….

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