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I have discussed this in a previous topic, but I have come to the conclusion that this is probably my most important criteria.
I am unable to drive because I have a genetic neurological vision problem. Probably because of this, I also have a poor sense of direction.
My current thinking is Cebu, since I've read that there are a lot of cabs there, and the drivers are more honest and less likely to overcharge foreigners, and they also have real cars instead of trikes.
Are there any other destinations that people here can suggest? (either where I could use public transit, taxis, or hire a personal driver for a reasonable price)
As you can guess, I do very poorly in America, because American women think I'm some kind of freak for being unable to drive.
I'd appreciate any suggestions.
I don't know if you are already in the Philippines- that is another topic, but I would NOT advise Cebu for the cabs at all! Never! I go there all the time, and honest cab drivers is NOT what Cebu is about, belive me, they are just a smaller version of Manila cab bandits.
If you want more honest drivers, go to Cagayan de Oro- far better! Cabs in Cebu vs cabs down in Cagayan de Oro are very different- it has to do with the city admin for taxi licenses. Ask a cabbie in CDO and they will tell you, "Mayor Emano is very strict!".
Sure, you could be cheated in CDO, but normally the cabbie will just hit the meter and away you go. If you are living there, when you find some good cabbies, get their cell numbers and keep 5 or 6 numbers in your phone for when you want a longer ride or part of a day or something like that.
In Cebu, expect a large percentage of drivers to tell you the meter is broken or take the very long route around, typical Manila BS.
I've never had a problem with being overcharged by taxis in Cebu, just make sure their meter is running. However, trikes try to overcharge me all the time, just ask them how much before you get in, they usually have a 8 peso minimum. You can take a paper and pen with you and write down the drivers name and taxis number, his ID card is usually visible, then threaten to report him if he tries anything stupid. Its illegal to overcharge customers so the taxi driver or trike driver will usually back down.
In China, taxis, rip off more foreigners than anything else. That explains why there's a steel cage surrounding the drivers seat in Chinese taxis. Foreigners, don't take kindly to being overcharged.
Only in the USA do you need to drive everywhere. I've never owned a car.
China is OK, bigger cities have metros and outside a metro are various types of transport for hire in the unlikely event that you want to go somewhere not within walking distance.
I've never been overcharged in a Chinese taxi. The bigger problem has been that unlike in the UK a taxi driver isn't obliged to take you anywhere - often they won't take you if the journey isn't long enough or the just don't want to go there.
Are you Asian? Judging by your name, it seems like you might be, and thus they might not see you as a foreigner...