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BANGKOK 23 January 2019 23:33
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Where is everybody? Patong businesses suffering worst high season in 10 years

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1 hour ago, schlog said:

A lot of this traffic is related to the cruisers at Patong bay. 

On days without Cruisers, like yesterday Patong feels quiet like a typical day in march/april years ago.

It's busy all over the island. It is simply the annual busy time.

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18 hours ago, grego49 said:

And thats why my Aussie friends are going to Bali and Vietnam and not comming to Thailand any more.

Aussies only started coming here en masse after the Bali Bombing its just the wheel turning full circle as the world moves on. It makes more sense to travel there than all the way up here.

 

Parts of Vietnam are becoming little Australias- not for me.

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17 hours ago, stevenl said:

It's busy all over the island. It is simply the annual busy time.

Don't tell the Chicken Littles on the 'Dodo' thread!!! 😁

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18 hours ago, stevenl said:

It's busy all over the island. It is simply the annual busy time.

Maybe in south where you are stevenl.

 

It's also normal that many parts are very quiet from 30.12.-03.01. every year.

 

Drove today Patong-Khok Kloi-Patong and on both ways absolute no traffic. Wasn't fast this way for many month.

 

Btw yesterday i refered exclusively on Patong traffic.

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20 hours ago, stevenl said:

It's busy all over the island. It is simply the annual busy time.

 

"Peak Season" will always be busy, however, it's a very brief period on the tourism calendar. 

 

It's the "High Season" that is not so "high" anymore. 

 

There really is no "high season" on Phuket anymore.  Just a constant stream of package holiday makers from emerging economies. 

 

This does tend to smooth out any "low season" for the businesses that cater for them, but for foreign tourists, the "seasons" here are no more. 

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On 12/31/2018 at 3:06 PM, Psimbo said:

Aussies only started coming here en masse after the Bali Bombing its just the wheel turning full circle as the world moves on. It makes more sense to travel there than all the way up here.

 

Parts of Vietnam are becoming little Australias- not for me.

 

"Aussies only started coming here en masse after the Bali Bombing its just the wheel turning full circle as the world moves on." - true.  However, that Aussie "en masse" is also becoming yet another lost market for Phuket.

 

Due to the bombings, Phuket was fortunate enough to pick up a lot of the Australian Bali market.  Why couldn't Phuket keep this segment of the market????  It's not just about the extra flight time.  It goes deeper than that.

 

it's not the only market Phuket has lost in recent time, yet, rather than addressing Phuket's "issues" they fill the void with Chinese package holiday makers. 

 

**** Queue another Psimbo baht bus comment****   🙂

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8 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Dont see many Indians arriving

 

Tourists from emerging economies can be a fickle market, particularly the Chinese. 

 

Whilst Russia, China and India have big populations, it doesn't take much for them to stay home.  Eg. sanctions on Russia after invading Ukraine. 

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8 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Dont see many Indians arriving

Noticed some tee-pees in the hills near me..............maybe some sneaked in!!

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On 1/6/2019 at 10:30 PM, xylophone said:

Noticed some tee-pees in the hills near me..............maybe some sneaked in!!

 

Was the smell of curry and body odor wafting over the hills?  🙂

 

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17 minutes ago, NamKangMan said:

 

Was the smell of curry and body odor wafting over the hills?  🙂

 

No, but the buffalos had all been eaten!

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On 12/30/2018 at 8:49 PM, grego49 said:

And thats why my Aussie friends are going to Bali and Vietnam and not comming to Thailand any more.

 

This is an interesting issue.

 

Are the western tourists detouring Phuket solely based on affordability / value, or, has Phuket become an unpleasant place to holiday?

 

If the baht was devalued, or currencies in Phuket's traditional tourism markets rose, would these western tourists flock back to Phuket, or still go elsewhere?   

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Not sure what's going on in Patong,  but Rawai is crowded with all sorts. Many Chinese, Europeans and Russians a smattering of Brit's, Aussie's and Americans.

Nai Harn and Ya Nui beach crowded also the beach chairs are starting to increase on the beach. 

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