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Hua Hin food sellers to sign MoU not to overcharge customers

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10 hours ago, CALSinCM said:

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

Yes, but the prices have to be posted so you know you are overpaying. 

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23 hours ago, korkenzieher said:

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.

Cha Am short term Thai tourists are usually low end and are a very different demographic than the visitors to Hua Hin.  HH has always been the preferred destination for young professionals and upper middle income families. There is a cachet to say one is holidaying or taking the weekend at the town of the King's summer palace. Cha Am's higher end hotels and resorts target foreigners, not Thais. Inside Cha Am there have always been  low cost  guest house options available for locals. HH has few low cost guest houses for Thai visitors, unless they stay on the outskirts of HH. 

The Thais with money are still visiting Hua Hin.   

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On 11/21/2018 at 10:35 AM, CALSinCM said:

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

 

its not a free market when all the vendors collude to set pricing - thats a cartel in a tourist trap

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Some HH restaurants selling a dish of average tasting shrimps preparation (for 1 person) at around 750 THB have apparently not signed the treaty !!...And no this was not in any 5 star hotel, but a seedy foreign restaurant,  not far from the pussy zone of HH !!

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Hua Hin food shop-owers sign MoU not to overcharge customers

 

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Forty-eight food shop-owners in Hua Hin seaside resort town signed a memorandum of understanding today with local authorities promising not to overcharge their customers, especially for seafoods.

 

The 48 food shop-owners who represented seafood street shops at the Hua Hin night market and 22 beach-front food shops were invited to a meeting with officials of Hua Hin municipal, consumers’ protection network, police and the provincial commerce office by Mr Thanont Panpeepart, the district chief officer, to discuss the price overcharging problem.

 

Allegations of price overcharging, especially on seafoods, have been going on for a long time from both Thai and foreign tourists, but without any action being taken by authorities concerned to resolve the problem until recently when a SeaWrite author wrote a comment in the social media complaining of an unpleasant experience two months ago when he visited a street food vendor with some friends and was charged 1,000 baht for each of the prawn he ordered.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/hua-hin-food-shop-owers-sign-mou-not-to-overcharge-customers/

 
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It should be called fresh farmed crap.....almost zero to do with seafood other that it swims!

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Within the night market area the vendors who set up nightly street stalls including 'street food' pay a 'rent' to the authorities. No doubt there is stiff competition for 'permits' since there is good money to be made and this drives up prices.

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