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Despondent Foreigner

Went to the waterfalls for Songkran but only Thais get in free, not foreigners.

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Hello everybody and happy Thai new year!

 

I would like to share my story with you that happened to me this morning. I visited Promlok waterfall in Nakhon Si Thammaratt with my Thai wife, child and wife's family. Upon arrival two soldiers approached our car and my wife began talking to them. They explained to her that as today is Songkran all Thai's get to go to the waterfalls free of charge but I had to pay. Then a woman dressed in yellow approached the car who confirmed what the soldiers said and told my wife that this is a new law. Well we were all disgusted and proceeded to drive back down to the bottom of the waterfall where we could all swim for free.

 

I am absolutely disgusted by this. Yet another example of Thailand's racial profiling and xenophobia towards foreigners. The fact that I am married and have children here doesn't make a difference. Because I have white skin I must pay the fee whilst all Thais go in free.

 

Utterly disgraceful behavior. Shame on them!

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4 minutes ago, Despondent Foreigner said:

Thai wife, child and wife's family

So you've been here long enough to know that this is Standard Operating Procedure? You should have worked that out already since you have to extend your visa year after year rather than what your home country would do if you took your wife there

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I dont have a problem with differential charging at attractions and venues here.  The way I see it, my disposal income is probably higher than the average Thai families, it's their country not mine, so I pay a little more to access them.  Having said that, many, especially around the tourist spots of Pattaya and Phuket,  are not worth the money anyway, which is a different argument.   

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Nothing new bout it, you should,ve paid up the family missed out

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If they had kept their normal pricing, something like 200 THB for foreigners and 20 THB for Thais, this would have been ok for you?

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For the 20 years Ive been here it's always been the same and I have been to that very same waterfall

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13 minutes ago, Despondent Foreigner said:

The fact that I am married and have children here doesn't make a difference. Because I have white skin I must pay the fee whilst all Thais go in free.

This has been happening for decades, it's nothing new and chronic whinging about it doesn't help. 

 

Being married to a Thai and having Thai children does not make you Thai so why should it make a difference for you!  And it is nothing to do with the colour of your lilywhite skin, either, white-skinned Thais don't get charged!

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4 minutes ago, Despondent Foreigner said:

My wife was driving. She refused to let me pay. 

I'm with your Mrs on that its a disgusting racist tax practiced for decades and seam the norm and perfectly acceptable by some 🤔

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1 minute ago, Just Weird said:

This has been happening for decades

Does that make it right then? Imagine this kind of thing happening in the UK or the states to asian people.. There would be absolute uproar and rightly so! Free for Americans but asians must pay! Could you imagine?? CBS news would have a meltdown!

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Olmate said:

Nothing new bout it, you should,ve paid up the family missed out

He could have stayed somewhere and enjoyed a couple of cold ones, whilst the family went to the waterfall. That's what I would have done (his wife was the driver). :burp:

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