The new metered taxis are GREAT. For far too long the local tuk-tuk operators have had it far too good. These brand new, spotlessly clean and air-conditioned taxis will take you anywhere in the Province, or, indeed, anywhere in Thailand. I tried one today on the recommendation of friends. To go 8 km into town cost me 80 BAHT, whereas I usually pay my trusty tuk tuk driver 150 BAHT. You can hire a cab to take you to Mae Sai: or anywhere in the Province, and even to BKK, altho the latter excursion is somewhat expensive (8,000 BAHT up). You can go to Chiang Mai in comfort. The prices are written up on a laminated sheet (no bargaining) and they are as cheap as chips.The service is GREAT. I was a bit worried about the English-speaking side of it: the drivers of course don't speak English, but booking over the phone was a breeze: 053 773 477. You just have to cut in on the Thai welcome and ask breathlessly if anyone speaks English, and you are home and hosed. I used the above number, which is the central office, knowing there would be someone who spoke English there: I didn't try the mobile backup: 081 998 8918. These guys are just wonderful. I usually prefer tuk tuks, but in a car you can see so much more. One of my worst tours in this Province was in the back of a songthaew: I couldn't see a thing, except backwards and fast. These taxis will change the face of tourism in CR. Honest, clean, polite, efficient: what more can I say?