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Why I'm not accepted everywhere as a retired tourist to buy a government low price bus ticket?

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I've never had the nerve to ask for a sr. citz. discount. I look so young and damn cute, they would never believe me.😎

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The contrasting comparison with experiences in France is quite telling. 

 

My Wife and I took my Parents to a ski resort... We would ski all over the mountain and arrange to meet up with my parents at one restaurant or cafe on the mountain, round the otherside of the mountain or over at a linked ski resort. 

Each and every time my parents got on the Bus to travel round the mountain they were asked their age and were met with the response... Oh its free for you (+60 I think), this was the same for taking the gondola up the mountain for non skiers over 60. 

 

The contrast here is the attempted scam at every single facet of day to day life, its inherent in society, it's expected, its become the norm.... It's a real shame that unfortunately honor, moral fibre and ethics are not words commonly associated with S.E. Asia. 

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23 hours ago, MikeN said:

They are both private companies, so can do whatever they like (almost) unless the govt was to bring in an actual law governing this.

I was at the Khon Kaen zoo once, where they had a big sign in Thai and English for the admission prices. It clearly said, in perfect English, people over 60 half price .....but when I asked for that discount it’s “no, Thais only”  Then why the heck have a big sign in English ? I suspect it was the sales staff making up their own rules.

We had a handicapped Thai teenager with us who should have got a discount too according to the sign but they refused him too.

It is something you have to live with here in Thailand, many do not like to see the foreigner benefit and will say Thai only whether it is the case or not.

I was recently at the botanical garden in Guangzhou and the girl behind the desk without any prompting asked how old I was saying there was a 25% discount for over 65s, fortunately I had my passport and got the cheaper ticket. The zoo was different, that was quite cheap and the same price for everyone.

On saying that when I was at the airport and went to the escalator up to departures the girl looked at my passport and sent me and my wife to the fast track lane, first time that has ever happened. It was the same coming back, directed to the fast lane and no one in front. On the Thai passport side at immigration there is a fast lane for over 70s and disabled, and not just Thais. The airport seems to have become a bit more considerate to the elderly and infirm.

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On 7/8/2019 at 9:22 PM, elliss said:

 Play the part ,  watch you tube .

Adopt  a  limp ,  works wonders , for discount, flights/ wheelchair priority  etc .

   I was on mobility in the UK , for all my non working life. No qualifications..

    Thx UK taxpayers, where ever you are.. 555

 

 

 

 

And now on a pension doing the same thing on Thailand? 

The UK taxpayers must be so proud  of you. And the guys who have their pension frozen in Thailand salute you too. 

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On 7/12/2019 at 9:44 AM, Bangkok Barry said:

Always interesting to see the Thai apologists come out and support ignorance and racism. Plenty of them on this post. Always interesting to read those who support double-pricing on the basis that we aliens are guests in Thailand, and blaming the OP for being offended. It's a very strange way to treat guests, and not the way I would treat my guests. Perhaps I should charge Thais for the wifi when they visit my home and make it free for only my alien friends.

I went to the water park at HuavHin today..... Just got back to the hotel.  Got the seniors rate.  Pissed me off no end but hey if you can save 300 baht why not. Only 2500 baht instead of 3000 baht In very loose numbers. 

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I don't understand how mamy people complain about the prices in  Thailand.

Foreigners must pay more than Thai nationals, it's just right.
The government cannot/ must not take into account that there are more than Thai nationals living/visiting Thailand, when they plan the annual budget, unless foreigners are willing to pay.

This is complicated, not many people understand. Always complain about paying more than Thais.....I just don't get it

 

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15 minutes ago, Los Luver said:

I don't understand how mamy people complain about the prices in  Thailand.

Foreigners must pay more than Thai nationals, it's just right.
The government cannot/ must not take into account that there are more than Thai nationals living/visiting Thailand, when they plan the annual budget, unless foreigners are willing to pay.

This is complicated, not many people understand. Always complain about paying more than Thais.....I just don't get it

 

 

    Agree , after all we are just visitors to the Kingdom ,

      and as such , we must pay for the privilege of being here ..

 

 

 

 

 

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I understand the principle you are defending, at cost to your own well being.

Happiness is the important principal in my life at this point.

 

Banging my head against the 'system' and arguing with people in a foreign language for pitiful amounts of pocket change neither makes me happy nor accomplishes spit.

 

Rage on brother.

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On 7/12/2019 at 5:31 PM, Fairynuff said:

Mine too. and I love to see the puzzled looks when I hand it over to someone who’s never seen one

I made up my own id.  It is bright yellow and has a picture of cookie monster on it.  Oh the puzzled looks 😂

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20 hours ago, elliss said:

 

    Agree , after all we are just visitors to the Kingdom ,

      and as such , we must pay for the privilege of being here ..

 

 

 

 

 

Nuts! 

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On 7/12/2019 at 10:49 PM, richard_smith237 said:

The contrasting comparison with experiences in France is quite telling. 

 

My Wife and I took my Parents to a ski resort... We would ski all over the mountain and arrange to meet up with my parents at one restaurant or cafe on the mountain, round the otherside of the mountain or over at a linked ski resort. 

Each and every time my parents got on the Bus to travel round the mountain they were asked their age and were met with the response... Oh its free for you (+60 I think), this was the same for taking the gondola up the mountain for non skiers over 60. 

 

The contrast here is the attempted scam at every single facet of day to day life, its inherent in society, it's expected, its become the norm.... It's a real shame that unfortunately honor, moral fibre and ethics are not words commonly associated with S.E. Asia. 

Well if you are referring to Europe, then you have to consider the amount of citizens welfare offered there compared to over here.

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On 7/12/2019 at 11:34 AM, kenk24 said:

Sounds like you made yourself very annoying to people who try and be pleasant and non-confrontational... not something to be proud of... 

I am sure your insisting was a very unpleasant experience for people who were just trying to do their job w/o problems, fights or arguments.. which is the Thai style and pleasant way of life... so, as a guest, tourist here, you can pride yourself in making people feel bad and unhappy. 

It seems to me it's the usual 'foreigner must pay more' argument.   I am still annoyed that a group of Indian ladies in saris and chatting in their own language, entered the Chiang Mai Botanic gardens at the Thai rate and I had to pay full rate.  Yes I'm a foreigner and over 80 and a pensioner.

In China, I was often asked for my passport at ticket booths, and always given the pensioner price or admitted free as a pensioner.

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