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Hua Hin seafood restaurants, slammed for overcharging, defend their prices

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Hua Hin seafood restaurants, slammed for overcharging, defend their prices

 

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Picture: Sanook

 

After a party of tourists slammed Hua Hin for ripping them off for a seafood lunch the traders on the beach have defended their prices saying they are in line with local authority guidelines.

 

Facebook user Ploynapas Lukthongmak complained with pictures of a bill about the price of their meal: "Blimey - watch out if you go to Hua Hin - I am angry".

 

They said they had paid 7,380 baht for lunch at a trader near the Centara Hotel.

 

Sanook went to investigate and found Phaona, 51, and her husband Sampheuy, 63, who prepared the meal on Saturday just before midday.

 

Phaona said they were 15 adults and three children in the party.

 

They ordered from the bright colored menu having two plates of each of the following: seafood platter BBQ, seafood platter boiled, som tam with fresh prawns, tom yam kung steamboat, BBQ prawns, and battered prawns. In addition there was three large plates of fried rice with prawns, two large containers of plain rice, seven fresh coconuts, three large Chang beers and soft drinks.

 

Phaona said the tourists didn't make a big deal of the bill at the time and she was surprised to see the angry post. They had asked for a discount and she had kindly lopped off 80 baht making it just 7,300 baht for the meal.

 

Sampheuy said that the prices had gone up at the market and they had had to raise the cost of certain dishes from 500 to 700 baht as a result.

 

His wife apologized for this but there was really nothing they could do.

 

Other traders among the 22 restaurants in the area said they were governed by prices issued by the authorities and there was clear signage about the costs tourists could expect.

 

Source: Sanook

 
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So why are they complaining if the costs were posted in the menu & had other choices in the area

Or maybe the pricing wasn't fully disclosed 

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I don't see the ripoff if prices were shown on the menu. So why is this news?

 

Food in Thailand is just expensive these days, it's cheaper to eat in Europe if you like high quality food in decent portions.

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1. Counting the 3 children as one adult, the total comes to about 460 baht per person. More than I spend for lunch but not outrageous.

2. If you want to eat cheaply, eat vegetarian or eat animals that can be seen and counted, like chickens and pigs. Seafood is expensive because we have already killed most of it.

3. I was surprised to see that the "authorities" have some say in food pricing. Nothing good can come of that.

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47 minutes ago, BEVUP said:

So why are they complaining if the costs were posted in the menu & had other choices in the area

Or maybe the pricing wasn't fully disclosed 

 

Can't speak for this place, but in some famous seafood places in BKK the listed prices are per 100 grams, but trying to see the /100G part is like looking for the small print on an insurance policy (or maybe just in Thai).    So they may have been expecting to pay 300 baht, but since the fish weighed 500 grams, the bill is 1500 baht.  Sure, you still pay.  But it doesn't leave a good feeling.

 

BTW, I went to one of those famous BKK places twice in one night- one meal, in fact.  My first visit and my last.  The bill was way out of alignment with the satisfaction level.  Something like $75 USD a head for some mediocre fried fish.

 

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Gone are the days where seafood in restaurants was easily affordable,

nowadays, seafood is not cheap, unless you go to some ports where

the fishermen are coming in from the sea with their catch of the day,

otherwise, buyer beware and informed before ordering.....

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Stupid tourists, again! Complaining. Yeah, if it is so expensive in Thailand, then go home to your own country and eat the food you appearently can afford.

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6 minutes ago, ezzra said:

Gone are the days where seafood in restaurants was easily affordable,

nowadays, seafood is not cheap, unless you go to some ports where

the fishermen are coming in from the sea with their catch of the day,

otherwise, buyer beware and informed before ordering.....

Now that I recall Wife & I with 8 yr lad paid 1500 bht right near the Cha Am fishing boat wharf

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8 minutes ago, Get Real said:

Stupid tourists, again! Complaining. Yeah, if it is so expensive in Thailand, then go home to your own country and eat the food you appearently can afford.

 

It is a little misleading when the menu price is per 100 grams, and that little tidbit of information doesn't show up anywhere legible on the menu.

 

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3 minutes ago, 4evermaat said:

If the price was on the menu, were there any real victims here?

 

I don't think they're characterizing themselves as victims. 

 

But they're perfectly justified in stating that they were not happy with the value they received for the amount they paid.  Even if the menu prices were clearly posted.  Their mistake was walking into the place at all.  Once you've sat a party of 15 down, you're pretty much hooped, regardless of what the menu says. 

 

Hopefully, others will learn from the information they shared, and won't make the same mistake.

 

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1 hour ago, Get Real said:

Stupid tourists, again! Complaining. Yeah, if it is so expensive in Thailand, then go home to your own country and eat the food you appearently can afford.

 

I may be wrong, but given the name of the complainant, Ploynapas Lukthongmak, this particular tourist is already in their own country.

 

Yep, there she is on Facebook Thailand:

https://th-th.facebook.com/ploynapas.lukthongmak

 

Foreigners go home eh?

 

 

 

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56 minutes ago, impulse said:

 

It is a little misleading when the menu price is per 100 grams, and that little tidbit of information doesn't show up anywhere legible on the menu.

 

Oh dear! That only missleading thing is comments from the tourists. If you are interested in the price, and can´t see it, then you ask politely for it.
Was that too simple, or can we agree on that?

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