Just returned from Bangkok…friend & I thought we would catch the train from Hua Lamphong train station to Hua Hin. Researched it all and decided on the 8.05am 2nd class air-conditioned train. Got to the station before 7.00am to get our tickets. As soon as we entered the station, we were approached by a guy in a uniform (it looked like a uniform!) who asked where we were going. When I told him Hua Hin, he advised that the 8.05am was booked out (we were surprised that it was booked out already) and if we caught the 9.20am (which was 3rd class and not air-conditioned), it would take us hours and hours to get there, because it stopped and started all along the way. He made a great act of going over to the counter, peering at the computer to confirm that it was indeed, booked out.
He could help us out as he had a taxi driver friend in the carpark who would take us to Hua Hin for 3000 baht. We had previously been quoted 2,500 baht by another taxi driver, who actually spoke English. As it wasn't too much more, we agreed.
Jumped in the cab and the driver gunned it along the freeway, doing 110-120 kph, when the speed limit was only 100kph in parts. Repeatedly asked him to slow down.
Arrived in Hua Hin and he didn't know where our hotel was, because he is a "Bangkok taxi driver". He stopped and asked some locals who couldn't help. He drove up and down the strip quite a few times.
I gave him the ph no of the hotel and he rang them twice to get directions. Eventually, we arrived, BUT he asked us for another 500 baht. When I refused, he slammed the boot shut with our luggage in it. He was very aggressive and only gave us our luggage when I gave him the additional 500 baht.
We spoke later with our lovely, English-speaking taxi driver Willard and told him the story. He spoke to his friends and told us that there was a gang operating out of Hua Lamphong station and this was their scam.
Just letting you all know…...