World’s Worst Taxi Rides

World's worst taxi rides

Photo credit: Hugo Maes via

I was actually prepared to be disappointed if Manila didn’t get a mention XD

Manila, Philippines

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:

Baghdad, Iraq

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.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 2 Comments
  1. LTO, PNP, DOT etc; should act now! what a disgrace.

  2. Hugo Maes says:

    Actually I made the jeepney shot here, but it’s not from Manila but from Bislig City, a crap poor small city down South in Mindanao. Jeepneys are typical for every city. In Manila, you don’t have to travel on the roof. That’s only in rural places and for long haul jeepneys.

    Manila taxis are fun. Most try to fool you. “Meter tested and sealed” sometimes means that they’re connected to the car radio and when the music comes on, they run at twice the speed. You always have to remember that by default, white guys are supposed to sh@t money.

    About 60% are dead honest and friendly, but once in a while you have a bad one. When I start to shout and make a drama, they always back off. It helps to know the price of the rides. When you have a decent and friendly one, give a decent fee, like 20-40php, say “thank you and God bless”.

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