Since a lot of us rely on taxis to get us to and from our meetings, I think a thread might be worthwhile about where you can implicitly trust the drivers and where you need to WATCH OUT! A few of my experiences to get started: Tokyo: OK-- very trustworthy and gentlemanly drivers-- (but they do sometimes get lost) Taipei: WATCH OUT-- the drive from Taoyuan airport to central Taipei can be one of the scariest experiences of a lifetime. But if you tell the starter at the airport you want the driver to slow down, they will. Also, in the city, check the meter to be certain you're not being charged the night rate (higher) during the day. Saigon: OK- my experiences here have been pleasant and positive. Driving in Saigon can be difficult but these guys do a great job. Siem Reap: OK- trustworthy, hard-working and pleasant drivers Singapore: OK- the taxis have alarms that chime when the driver exceeds the speed limit. One of my trips from the airport was ding-ding-ding all the way, but the drivers here are generally safe ones-- and honest. Istanbul: WATCH OUT-- one of the drivers I had was a quick change artist; I handed him a bill and it magically changed into a different (lower) denomination. Get agreement on the amount to be paid before you start and pay as close to the exact amount when you exit, so there's no "change" involved. Honolulu: OK- safe and pleasant drivers. Take out a second mortgage on your house before departure, however. I'd be interested to hear your experiences, especially your "WATCH OUTS".