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Fewer tourists are going to Thailand because of its expensive currency

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1 hour ago, Snuller21 said:

I am just guessing, but I think that everybody who lives here will agree about that. And then again, yesterday, it came up that there only were o.1% more tourists in June compared by last year. But would like very much to know where they tourists are hiding. Not in the Tourist destinations for sure, so it have to be out in the Gulf of Thailand in Underwater Worlds. Just ask Hoteliers about it. They have so many empty rooms that it is hard for them to survive, and the number are still rising. Who give the numbers? Who control them?

Exactly that. Got a 85 square meter corner apartment/sveet room in Pattaya soi 9 last week for 2000 baht. Never seen that before.But then again.2k today is the same as 3k was 5 years ago.

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5 minutes ago, DLock said:

 

Do you really think that you represent what the average tourist is looking for?

yes, I do. I travel a lot and I talk to people. I'm not the only one that thinks like this. What a stupid question. 

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4 minutes ago, buanmeerugsaa said:

My friends are troubled by the inconvenience they cause me due to the reporting of their stay at my house, and when I travel with them to visit places around the country. 

 

When you travel it is not your problem.If you actually own a house you are one of very few foreigners that do.

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37 minutes ago, bangrak said:

Are you sure about the amounts in your last paragraph, 'smedly'? There seem to be quite some 'differences in interpretation' of the new rules between local Immigration Police offices, but as far as I am aware of (on Friday, July 19th, 2019), here in Koh Samui, it are 800,000 on a saving account at least 3 months before asking(!) for yearly renewal, this 800,000 to be kept on that account for at least the 3 following months, and, at least 400,000 of it to be kept on that account for the 6 months left in the year. With one, next, new requisite: at every 90 days 'check', from now on a fresh(!) bank statement has to be presented to show the right balance on the saving account (how the IP controls 'the finances' of the ones with 'multiple re-entry' who spend less than 90 days per stay inside Thailand, and are then only 'checked' at the border they leave at and come back through, this last stamp giving them an automatic new 90 days legit presence...!) 

900 was a typo 

 

and the rules are 2 months before and 3 months after 

 

400k minimum balance for 12 months a year

 

there is no requirement for showing your bank account every 90 days - some IO are requesting people to show 400k balance 90 days after extension approval or when they next visit IO or the 400k balance will be checked upon next extension renewal

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32 minutes ago, RtotheC said:

yes, I do. I travel a lot and I talk to people. I'm not the only one that thinks like this. What a stupid question. 

Perhaps a rhetorical question? 

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Honestly thai baht was a great investment I made 200k just leaving money in the bank and buying dollars back 

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Just now, carabaothai said:

October 2009 : 1 euro = 50 THB

July 2019 : 1 euro = 34. 40 THB

 

October 2009

Standard buffet = 89 THB = 1.78 €

July 2019 

Standard buffet = 249 THB = 7.23 €

 

In this simple example : 7.23/1.78 = 4 times more expensive in 10 years.

 

Lot of examples like this I think. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes I was here in 2009 it was <deleted> heaven i did not cook a meal for myself in 2 years i lived like a king

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3 hours ago, nev said:

No just the high Baht, Making it hard to stay here with Draconian visa rules are driving many away.

Yes, the changes in residency rules for long-term and tourist is concerning. Sometimes I think that this may be part of a nation building attempt by the government.

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43 minutes ago, RtotheC said:

yes, I do. I travel a lot and I talk to people. I'm not the only one that thinks like this. What a stupid question. 

Interesting.

 

So the average tourists whole reason for coming to Thailand is the low priced of beer in street bars and "dive bars"? 

 

Why is it a stupid question?

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2 hours ago, NoBrainer said:

Fewer Tourists are coming to Thailand because it is full of Indians, Chinese & Arabs, not to mention a pretty big African brigade.

If Western Tourists wanted to mingle with those people, then they would visit their respective countries (which they do not, in any significant numbers).

 

It should be real easy for Thailand to fix this.

 

Make a list of the top 100 countries, and rate them on a scale of how rich or poor they are. Thailand will be somewhere in the middle.

 

Any country deemed Richer than Thailand, should have it's tourists welcomed with open arms, and have easy visas and free movement. Those are the tourists Thailand should be attracting.

 

Any countries deemed poorer than Thailand should have very stringent Visa Requirements, as most of the people coming from poorer countries are not tourists, they are coming here for economic gain, to work illegally or engage in other scams & crime.

 

They are not real tourists.

 

You see, it is actually simple math, it would take a year or two to implement and but the results would be nothing short of revolutionary, and take Thailand's tourist industry to the next level.

 

But as I often see here, the simple solutions are overlooked as common sense is not in abundance.

I see problems with this on several levels, not the least of which is the rating of people. I know you said countries, but it boils down to rating people. How would you rate them, based on average yearly income per person, the country's GDP? Either way you're not going to keep out some of the "undesirables" you mentioned, Chinese, Arabs, as well as some other Southeast Asian countries (Malaysia). What if other countries followed suit? How many Thais go to other countries to work, or study, or just try to experience the outside world?

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