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Thai tourism in trouble: And competitor Vietnam is "scary" for Pattaya

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5 hours ago, Metapod said:

Exchange rate is bad, costs are going up, visas are getting a lot harder to get, and more competitive alternatives are arising.

 

it isn't really surprising stuff. Thailand ain't that cheap anymore. Aussie dollar is like 21.7 thb these days. A lot of things are cheaper back in Aus now,

really ! none of my mates would agree with you, it may be cheaper but at what level !

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9 minutes ago, mrmicbkktxl said:

Will ot happen Thailand has over 200billion $ foreign currency reserves

Which will cover all their Foreign debts.

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1 minute ago, Thomas J said:

I can only comment based on casual observation.  I live in Pattaya and it appears the traffic at Jomtien Beach, the stores, and customers in restaurants is way down from two years ago.  I suspect something might have to do with the more expensive baht but I saw this trend starting before the baht's surge.  I am a retiree so I can only comment on that versus a tourist but if they are making things as difficult for the tourist as they are the retiree, it is no wonder that people are choosing someplace else to vacation to. 

They aren't.  They are only making things difficult for the person who lives here and pretends to be a tourist. 

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YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Thailand will go down hill fast if they do not APPRECIATE tourists, as apposed to exploiting them.

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27 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

Your currency is horrible not the exchange rate.  Where can you go and not get beaten down?  Turkey or Egypt I guess. 

It is true, it is more the Euro being made deliberately weak than the Baht being strong - still, the exchange rate is horrible. And I suspect some Thai people, influencial people, are not so unhappy about it, since it makes their own foreign investments more profitable.

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Just now, generealty said:

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Thailand will go down hill fast if they do not APPRECIATE tourists, as apposed to exploiting them.

They never did appreciate the tourists.  20 years ago same as today.  Less money less Brits.  Appreciation the same. 

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1 minute ago, Grandisse said:

It is true, it is more the Euro being made deliberately weak than the Baht being strong - still, the exchange rate is horrible. And I suspect some Thai people, influencial people, are not so unhappy about it, since it makes their own foreign investments more profitable.

The reverse.  Rich people are hurt the most by the high baht because exports are down. 

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1 hour ago, marcusarelus said:

I guess that's why Thailand has 40 tourists to Vietnam's 1.

Not for long.

 

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4 minutes ago, tonysilly said:

Maybe if Thai people stop scamming the visitors things can get better.  Customer service is what keeps people coming back. People don't really care about paying money so long that the quality of service meets their expectations.. stop the scams!! Especially around the Grand Palace. 

I agree. And taxi scams. 200,300 Baat were the price is 60 Baat. Thonburi railway station, Khaosan Rd

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2 minutes ago, uncleeagle said:

It was entirely legal, they were granted visas legally, they entered the country legally and they contributed hugely to the Thai economy without taking anything drom it. It is only the narrow minded idiocy of Thai immigration to randomly deem their behaviour somehow illegal. Instead of their mindless hostility in branding these people as criminals they should have been on their hands and knees begging them to keep on coming back.

You don't have the grasp of the situation that the Thai Immigration people do.  They do not want to become the retirement home for India and China as the middle classes in those two heavily populated countries get more money. 

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No double pricing in Vietnam (Hanoi) at tourist attractions. 

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2 minutes ago, Centra said:

Not for long.

 

How long? Thailand has problems but Vietnam's government!  Forget about it. 

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