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I was actually prepared to be disappointed if Manila didn’t get a mention
In a city full of fanciful transportation alternatives–everything from rickshaws to wildly decorated jeepneys–the local white taxis appear boring by comparision. What won’t be boring is the fight you have with the driver when he refuses to turn on the meter (frequent visitors say it happens all the time) and instead tries to haggle for an unfair flat fee. Ask that he turn on the meter before you close the door and sit down. If he won’t, simply flag down another taxi and try again.
While what they wrote is true (just read up on the taxi entries over at the Manila Metro blog), they’re not all bad. I take a cab often, and I have to say, there are still cab drivers there who will take you where you want to go with hardly any complaints. There are even rare ones I’ve encountered who gave me change for my payment.
The write up on Iraq takes the cake:
The 7.5-mile Qadisiyah Expressway from Baghdad International Airport to the Green Zone, sometimes referred to as “Route Irish” by American military forces, currently holds the title of the world’s most dangerous road. Taxis do exist in Baghdad, but few drivers will make this trip unless they really need the money. Well-heeled visitors (mostly journalists) have been known to pay more than $5,000 for a small armored convoy complete with four gun-toting bodyguards.
Tip: Stay in Jordan.