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Where is everybody? Patong businesses suffering worst high season in 10 years


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The Thais in and around Phuket have set their watches to high season. My wife and I went several years back over a period that changed from low to high season. While a baht bus/tuk tuk from the hotel to  a mall was 100 baht when we arrived, two days later when it became high season on the calendar, the cost tripled. Tourists are tired of being gouged. 

 

The Thais job is to extract every possible baht from our wallets and do so with a smile on their faces. Our job as foreigners is to prevent it as much as possible with a smile on our faces.

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31 minutes ago, gamini said:

the main customers for these bars were "Brit" tourists. With the pound at 40 bt, they can't afford

them are many more

As an ex-customer of these bars, I can tell you that you post is absolute rubbish. I met Scandinavians, French, Germans, Aussies, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians etc. etc. at these bars. You ain't got a clue.

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3 hours ago, kelboy said:

That's because beer and bar fines are too high and the girls are getting fat and ugly and lazy. Also they are charging too much. They think they are the only ones in the world but hey everyone is going elsewhere. 555.

The greedy bitches will learn the hard way that Thailand is not the only place to go to and not before time...

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3 hours ago, smedly said:

Everyone I talk to says they are fed up being ripped off with high bar prices, there are areas in Pattaya that are the same although some of the busy bars are starting to realise and have actually reduced prices down from what they were last year, bar owners need to ask themselves - would they rather have a busy bar selling hundreds of beers at 60baht or an empty bar selling one beer an hour at 120baht :post-4641-1156694572:  

I totally agree with their ignorance.I wanted a room at a hotel in Pattaya and they said 1000 baht a night..I said I would stay 20 days ,they said 20000 baht..ask any discount and answer no..

My friend stays there and he says it’s always empty..

wouldnt they want some guarantee money instead of nothing

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Tourists don't come and the expats/retirees staying long term prefer to spend their money elsewere or take a plane to neighbouring countries. Why ?

 

- Getting cheated at arrival on the airport and have to argue with the taxi to turn on the meter

- Rather go to a country where they give you more then 33 THB for 1 US$ - thai currency is artificially to strong

- Why spend in a good restaurtant that charges almost similar as in Europe ?

- Why get harassed all over when driving by the over corrupt Thai Police targetting foreigners to racket money for invented road law violations ?

- Why spend time in an overpolluted city like Bangkok with trafic jams all over and retailers selling goods that are sometimes more expensive then back home (IconSiam for example)

 - With all the extension of stay paperwork required, many now prefer to come with a visa waiver and then leave to a more friendly Asian country for the rest of the winter break.

- Good looking "adult entertainement female guides" , are cheaper and more friendly in neighbouring Asian Countries, and so is food and booze

- Beaches are dirty and water is polluted

- Always required to carry a passport becomes a nuisance and as nobody wants to get busted by a corrupt Thai Cop, it does dissuade also many to move around

 - Foreigners just don't feel welcome any more and learn to understand that it's only their money that is targetted

 

and many more.....wake up Thailand, don't lead your beautiful country to doom day crash.

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3 hours ago, smedly said:

Everyone I talk to says they are fed up being ripped off with high bar prices, there are areas in Pattaya that are the same although some of the busy bars are starting to realise and have actually reduced prices down from what they were last year, bar owners need to ask themselves - would they rather have a busy bar selling hundreds of beers at 60baht or an empty bar selling one beer an hour at 120baht :post-4641-1156694572:  

Thais don't think like this. I mean cant think like this.

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34 minutes ago, phuketlive said:

one big problem in patong is police hiding in streets at night to check people for alcohol... People ending up paying 10 000 or more to get away with it, so if even after 2 beers you get arrested, people will go somewhere else.

What does this mean? Would you please write more clearly to explain?.

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