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Don't know if they still do it but I remember the Indian people from Singapore insisting they were not Indian but Singaporean.  

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17 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Running a GoGo Bar years ago, we too had a sign, which the girls calling customers in held up when appropriate. It said, 'Members only' The reality was it was only shown to Arabs and Indians.

Why? We had a lot of customers who said things like, "If she's been with an Indian or an Arab, I'm not interested in bar fining her."

As 95% of our customers were ferangs, it was purely a business decision.

OK, I'm waiting for the flak...

 

 

It was a sensible business decision.

 

When I lived in India I attended one Rotary club meeting where the speaker was a lady from an Indian NGO talking on prostitution. The numbers of prostitutes in India dwarfs the numbers of ones in SEA. And a very large proportion were HIV positive. She said other STD's were rampant. A big user of sex workers were lorry drivers in India who spread diseases as they traveled around. 

The sex industry in India was well hidden at that time, before "escorts" advertising on the net became common. I never met one single sex tourist and only know of one Westerner who used sex workers regularly.

 

Why risk 95% of your clientele to accommodate customers who aren't wanted by your workers?

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Nothing against the Indians, but the only thing ,and I mean the only thing, that makes life possible for the eastern  Indians in Thailand is the very proximity. Beyond that they are in farang hell. Imagine, for one instant, that an eastern Indian, or an Australian, for that matter, has to travel 30 hours just to get to the LOS.  , 

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5 hours ago, WinnieTheKhwai said:

Good.  However TAT needs to promote specific regions, it's not good enough if Indians only ever visit Pattaya and Phuket.  

Oh please do keep the tourists confined there

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Interesting. I have seen a lot if Indians in Pattaya, not the tailors, but tourists....groups of men in their 30s wandering around. 

They will change Pattaya if they become a permanent tourism group. Hindus and Muslims don't drink alcohol so this won't help the bars. They also have a bad reputation with bar girls for not paying after they have had their fun, or bringing a girl back to the room and finding 5 or 6 men there. Obviously I have no way of knowing whether the rumours a have any truth to them.

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3 hours ago, Dexlowe said:

I think this is a good point. My somewhat casual observation of the Indian tourists in Pattaya is that they stand around in small groups, blocking footpaths and even roads. (They absolutely refuse to get out of the way, leading to accusations of arrogance.) While they seem to be infiltrating every corner of the city, what is noticeable is that there are few to be seen in the shops, not even the 7/11s. My old Indian colleagues tell me that most of their (well-off) friends prefer to go to major western places. Thailand is actually looked down upon. So it looks like the class of Indian tourist coming to Thailand is not going to save the local economy.

Oh the irony. They both look down on each other. 

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1 hour ago, marcusarelus said:

Link please or are we supposed to believe a random poster on Thai Visa?

Common knowledge! search yourself then no need to make silly posts disputing facts.

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I have no doubt there are rich Indians in Thailand, but I have serious doubts whether India is going to make up for the Chinese, America, or European apathy. How many Indian restaurants do there need to be in Pattaya? 

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3 hours ago, AJBangkok said:

I dont know if Pattaya and Phuket are the same but Hua Hin gets huge business from the Indian wedding industry, its big money and centered on the 5 star hotels.

Most likely as I have seen none in Hua Hin (night market, shopping mals, restaurants, bars) during last 8 days here. And yes, I don't stay 5 star hotel... 

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