Uber rival Grab launches taxi service in Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen

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Ride hailing service Grab has announced it is to expand its services to Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen.

The move into Isaan means the Uber rival now operates in seven cities in Thailand, with Grab also available in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Pattaya.

Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen are “key business cities in the populous northeastern region of Thailand”, Wee Tang Yee from Grab Thailand told the Bangkok Post.

Like Uber, customers can book a Grab taxi by using the accompanying smartphone app.

In May this year both Uber and Grab fell foul of Thailand’s transport authorities who ordered the suspension of the companies motorcycle taxi services.

Officials claimed the service broke rules the rules for companies registered to provide taxi services.

In November, the company announced GrabBike (Delivery) had teamed up with food ordering site Foodpanda to deliver customer orders in Bangkok.

Also in November rival Uber announced the launch of its ride hailing service in Chiang Mai.

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