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BANGKOK 24 January 2019 04:00
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Hua Hin food sellers to sign MoU not to overcharge customers

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We wanted to buy a nice new condo in Hua-hin....it's the new one consisting of 2 buildings with huge pools between them and faux grass gardens (forgot the name). 

 

But outside the building grounds it was impossible to walk over the trottoirs because the foodvendors put tables and chairs all over it...

 

Also the Thai liked to swim in the pool fully dressed....so dirty.

 

So we lost interest . Their restaurant was very good though.

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This is kind of interesting, because who defines overcharging? Chicken at Gordon Ramsey is always going to cost more than chicken at at KFC - but it is still just chicken. You would think ordinarily this is simply a market forces problem - enforce pricing displays and the customer takes care of the rest. I think this more reflects a back-story suggesting that consumers / tourists are losing confidence on a scale which is beginning to trouble local policy makers. High profile interventions seemingly are aimed more at restoring confidence. I was very interested to see how busy Cha-Am has become this year - most of the Thai seem to be cutting their journey south by 30km or so. Never seen the beaches there so crowded as they were a couple of weeks back; a stark contrast really, to Hua Hin, outside of places like Baan Khun Por. If internal tourism starts turning its back on the place, there's a lot of money at risk.

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In a free market, the MOU is your feet.  If you don't like the price - walk away.

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The Municipality must enforce the displaying of price lists by each restaurant However, it the so called 'Night Market' area two central streets are taken over nightly by stall and food vendors who surely pay 'duties' to the municipality and include that in their prices.

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