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Who should I go after (Expedia, Finnair or Bangkok Airlines) for a missed flight?

Unfortunately the only person responsible here is you. You knowingly booked separate tickets with a very tight connection, and you lost the gamble. Finnair has nothing to do with this, they promised ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Had something similar happen going from Tunis airport to central Tunis. The driver (who had a "mate" with him, so I was skeptical from the outset) had the meter on, but just before the destination he ...
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Are taxi drivers in Bangkok expected to round up the taxi fare to the nearest multiple of 10 THB?

According to TripAdvisor, in taxis, "both Thais and local ex-pats commonly round up the fare (i.e. 51 baht fare rounded up to 60 baht)." As ฿7 is equivalent to US$0.22, I wouldn't worry about it much.
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Remain calm and say you have left your wallet in the other bag, which is in the trunk. He will of course know that's a lie, but he will also realize nobody will proceed until the baggage is offloaded ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

Even when I can read signs, it's not always easy to navigate public transport. [Try the New York subway system, although there may be announcements they are not always intelligible. Add in a few ...
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Is winter of Bangkok very cold?

My favourite resource for such questions is weatherspark, which tells me that for Bangkok: Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 23°C to 35°C and is rarely below 20°C ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

In situations like this I never pay, I simply leave, if they want trouble ok lets get the police involved, in most countries, the driver has a lot more to loose than a tourist who brings money into ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

As a rule, taxis are fine in Bangkok, it's the tuk-tuks that really prey on clueless tourists. But there are four simple things you can do to reduce the odds of taxi problems: Rule 1, learn taxi ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

Notice that the main thoroughfares in Bangkok are all called Thanon something (where Thanon is sometimes anglicised as Road), and they all have small streets, often dead ends, sprouting off them all ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

Write the following phrase in Thai script on a piece of paper: "Please tell me when when we reach < insert destination >" Then show this piece of paper to the conductor/driver when paying your ...
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Who should I go after (Expedia, Finnair or Bangkok Airlines) for a missed flight?

If it was a split ticket, your only option is probably travel insurance. Many policies will cover the cost of a new ticket in the event of a missed departure up to EUR 500-800, often at zero excess. ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

Along with @jpatokai's excellent answer, Rule 5: Never put anything in the trunk. You lose considerable leverage if you can't simply leave the taxi. This also prevents drive-off theft. In addition, ...
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How do I figure out what costs me to stay a month in Bangkok, Thailand

First I'm Thai and I'm from Bangkok so I know the cost of living there pretty well. You can get an 'OK' apartment around 4,000 - 5,000 bath around Lad Prao MRT or somewhere further and you can walk. ...
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Will Thai Airways provide free accommodation for transit in Bangkok?

No. Thai Air does not provide transit accommodation even if you are in international first class. Also, their lounges in Suvarnabhumi Airport are closed in the wee hours (02:00 - 05:00). There are ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

You're asking how to win an argument when being fleeced. You can't. All you can do is hope it doesn't turn into a robbery. No thinking person would ever honestly believe that you agreed on a higher ...
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Is American Express accepted in Bangkok?

You'll find that the major restaurant chains (the ones found in Central Malls) accept Amex, as do many of the department stores and major brands. High end restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as 4*+ ...
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Cheapest/Quickest option for flight to Marshall Islands from Bangkok?

The Marshalls are tiny and remote, and consequently flight connections (specifically, to Majuro, the only airport of any size) are extremely limited. Getting there from Bangkok will involve at least ...
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Who is responsible for the cab fare increase due to waiting for a drug control to be completed at a checkpoint in Thailand?

The answer is to pay off the driver, and hail another cab when the police let you proceed.
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

As far as I am aware, the Public Transit Navigation option never made it back into Google Maps but Citymapper and Moovit both will happily warn you with a voice to get off the bus.
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Where can I find go-go bars in Bangkok?

There are actually only three areas in Bangkok licensed for actual go-go bars, meaning scantily dressed girls of negotiable virtue dancing on stage: Patpong, the original, the most infamous, the ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

There are already some great answers here, and I realize I'm late to the party. However, one thing that I didn't see mentioned and that I've found helps prevent fixed fares most times is to simply ...
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What to do in Bangkok during midnight stopover

From airport to center of Bangkok you may go by using skytrain. It's the fastest and easiest way. After 9 pm, all normal places already closed. And at the midnight the only places are open is a ...
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