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Hua Hin: Sit here for free but please order food - woman complains about beach rip off

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10 hours ago, moe666 said:

Well actually the world doesn't revolve around farangs in Thailand. Would have to wonder where they where on the beach. Went with the wife and her mom and sister a few years ago and we made  day of it do not remember the bill being that expensive, but looking at their bill they did order high end food. Ten dollars a piece not bad for sea food in thailand. By the way has anyone ever seen the way Thais go over the bill in a club or restarant, they know they get scammed, they are the majority of the customers here

and I thought TOURISM was based on TOURISTS... from Thailand or farangs

 

did they not support 10 percent of the Thai economy ?

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16 minutes ago, JTXR said:

Kinda makes you wonder why more restaurants don't prominently advertise that their tables, chairs, eating utensils and air conditioning are free.

(There's actually a Vietnamese restaurant near my condo in bkk that charges for air-conditioning.) 
 

 

I recall in a fairly recent crackdown, a direct result of similar complaints that it became illegal to charge for the beach chairs etc.... 

 

Initially all the beach restaurants were cleared up... chairs, tables, umbrellas were taken away etc until an agreement was made.... Restaurants could place Chairs, tables & Umbrellas in certain areas only if they were free for beach goers.... who 'may' choose to order something... 

 

Its obvious that those with a sense of entitlement will just carry on... and charge for use of the chairs in other ways.... which of the most part seems ok for many, having a snack and paying for a snack... But... as always, someone is trying to rip someone else off... unfortunately par for the course and quite normal.

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3 minutes ago, Jadam said:

Even I know to ask the prices before ordering.

Once you ask the prices, they would quote you a reasonable price but immediately the fresh king prawns intended for your fried rice would be substituted by frozen shrimps. Once they have you as a mark, they will have their scam one way or another. 

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Looking at the picture and the bill: nice glass of iced coconut frappe at 80THB a glass, huge plate of battered prawns for 250THB a plate, huge plate of fried rice with shrimps at 200THB a plate, coke likely a large bottle 60THB ... I am still trying to see which part of this bill is a scam

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10 minutes ago, chakatee said:

Looking at the picture and the bill: nice glass of iced coconut frappe at 80THB a glass, huge plate of battered prawns for 250THB a plate, huge plate of fried rice with shrimps at 200THB a plate, coke likely a large bottle 60THB ... I am still trying to see which part of this bill is a scam

Some hiso family expect the beachside plebeians to live a frugal life and earn a living wage and definately not a flourishing business enterprise ? 

 

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38 minutes ago, chakatee said:

Looking at the picture and the bill: nice glass of iced coconut frappe at 80THB a glass, huge plate of battered prawns for 250THB a plate, huge plate of fried rice with shrimps at 200THB a plate, coke likely a large bottle 60THB ... I am still trying to see which part of this bill is a scam

Maybe try to figure out how much you have been scammed for during the years:

 

Coc frappe - ordinary price 25thb vs 80thb - a difference of more than 200%

Seafood salat - ordinary price 80thb vs 250thb - a difference of more than 200%

Ice cubes - ordinary price 20thb vs 60thb - a difference of 200%

"Huge" plate of prawns - ordinary price 120thb vs 250thb for a "small" plate on the beach - a difference of more than 100%

 

The rest is not that bad as it range between 50 - 100% which is understandable beach side at least on a stylish restaurant. It would not break the bank for the most of us foreigners, but that is not the point as right should be right and for the Thais in general this kind of overpricing make a huge difference as it would have done for us in our home country ...

So YES - the complaint is justified ... :thumbsup:

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I had lunch there 2 weeks ago, I had a beer and a squid salad. About 250 but, it was a beautiful day and an exceptional time!

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Eating at beachside restaurant in touristy areas especially hua hin which is a more upmarket beach area than say.. rayong, chantaburi, cha am, ban krut, khanom is definately more expensive. I have been eating at beachside ‘restaurant’ between rayong and ban phe regularly for many years  and never once was I being scammed with an out of the ordinary bill. 

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Another point... 

 

In the photo on the first page the girl looks 'well to do'... i.e. quite middle class (if you can tell such a thing by looks alone).... Thai's consider each other fair game for a rip off especially if they look as if they can afford it.

 

 

I recall my Wife asking for a quote for a speed boat to Koh Samet... she came back to me with the price, the girl at the counter had charged her an elevated price. 

I went back alone and asked for a boat to Koh Samet and received a resemble price.

It was about 10 years ago, but I recall the difference being something like 1800 baht down to 1200 baht..... 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Ctkong said:

Eating at beachside restaurant in touristy areas especially hua hin which is a more upmarket beach area than say.. rayong, chantaburi, cha am, ban krut, khanom is definately more expensive. I have been eating at beachside ‘restaurant’ between rayong and ban phe regularly for many years  and never once was I being scammed with an out of the ordinary bill. 

Yes, that's my experience as well ... :thumbsup:

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7 hours ago, robblok said:

True, not really a scam, just overpriced food. But you can call it a scam. I would not order a thing without looking on a menu first but I am a cheap Dutch guy 🤣

hey, going dutch is my favorite expression and habit,

your culture is gold

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12 hours ago, Lucius verus said:

They should have known better. Nothing is free not even -no cover charge- as it fronts for what comes next.

Why didn't they ask for a menu.?

I had lunch on the beach with some Thais in Rayong ,atleast we had a table and bench.

Only reason I agreed to eating on the beach was because I wasn't paying. Lol

Bill  for 3 or so basic rice dishes,  a fish plate and a couple of Singhas630 ml bottles 2000 b thereabouts.

Waste of money.

Sounds about reasonable to me. I've been to places far more expensive but, like you, I  wasn't paying. 

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8 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

I charge people to drive past my house here in Hua Hin. You got a problem with that?

 

Can I bring a camera?

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13 hours ago, webfact said:

there appeared to be eight in the family. . 

 

But they were taking up eight chairs and the staff told them they had to order more. 

 

They ordered four plates and drinks but eight plates of food arrived. 

 

They were shocked when the bill arrived for 2,300 baht. 

 

8 in the family

8 plates of food.

2,300thb.

 

 

What did they want to do, sit down on the chairs and chomp on a 7-11 footlong. 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Lucius verus said:

They should have known better. Nothing is free not even -no cover charge- as it fronts for what comes next.

Why didn't they ask for a menu.?

I had lunch on the beach with some Thais in Rayong ,atleast we had a table and bench.

Only reason I agreed to eating on the beach was because I wasn't paying. Lol

Bill  for 3 or so basic rice dishes,  a fish plate and a couple of Singhas630 ml bottles 2000 b thereabouts.

Waste of money.

The prices are off by a factor of 10 ... no idea why you don't consider that an overcharge.

Obviously sitting at a restaurant table at a beach is stupid ... I assumed they where sitting somewhere at a beach in a sun chair.

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