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Tourism in northern Thailand decimated: Worst in ten years say hoteliers

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58 minutes ago, randy723 said:

my friends that come here at least once a year are not coming down and want me to meet them in Vietnam 

I'd go, direct flights for 1,500bht.

You'll save that much on beer in 1 or 2 evenings out.

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2 hours ago, khunpa said:

Well if the place is covered in dangerous smoke 4-5 months per year, then no wonder people do not come here or never return.

 

We had to leave our home this year due to it and I doubt any tourists during the smoke season will ever return. Who wants to spend their holiday in the worlds worst air pollution.

 

 

It will be the same next year,as nobody will do anything to stop it,

 as it has been for years now,only every year getting worse.not looking forward to it.

there's now 3 things that are inevitable...taxes,death,and smoke in Chiang Mai. 

regards worgeordie

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36 minutes ago, Mansell said:

I flew on AirAsia four people for 18,000 baht to DaNang. Also Mexican and Indian food was great and cost 650 baht for four of us. Good luck.

I flew on AirAsia one person for 2,300bht to Da Nang (last week).

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Ive been going to Thailand for over 10 years and it gets worse every year,too many Chinese tourists,too much traffic,too much pollution,prices go up.Its just crap now and im not going back.

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I thought that Thai people have been trying for many years to drive the foreigners away ?

  • Difficult to get a fare priced ride from the airport to the city.
  • Difficult to avoid an argument with a taxi driver.
  • Difficult to get to your destination with a red truck.
  • Almost impossible to see a policeman on the streets.
  • Almost impossible to get a policeman to answer the phone, especially after dark.
  • Easy to get ripped off by taxi's without meters
  • Extremely unsafe driving practices unmonitored by police.
  • Passport and Visa difficulties.
  • And now a most unfavourable exchange rate,

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2 hours ago, fordguy61mi said:

Chinese people are some of the rudest I know of. They aren’t considerate to anyone but themselves.

 

The Chinese people that Thailand attracts are, but I've seen Chinese in more up-market countries who are perfectly well behaved. Thailand attracts the trash.

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10 hours ago, rodknock said:

how can that be, the big guy says tourist is up.

is he wrong, or misinformed, or another i am the boss and is what i say.

Keep up it's only Pattaya, Phuket and now CM that's suffering a downturn,the rest of the country is one big sunny upland.

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I reside in Chiang Mai. 

My eye test, seeing for myself,  can see that there are noticeably less tourists than the year before.

Some friends do I know that work in the bar industry have told me that the high season amount of customers is what the low season used to be..  and I can see for myself, many, many bars with very few customers.

And I can see the numbers declining even more.

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Vegas was built on good and cheap, just like BKK.  Vegas was ruined by corporate greed, but they do considerably better at the high end, which Thailand fails miserably at, and Vegas is a gold mine as a convention place, delivering a predictable quality experience... and now quality weed is legal...I just talked to a friend I met in 2010, after he had walked from Panama to the US border... and was granted asylum as a refugee from Cuba. He just started a union bartender job at Wyn Encore in LV... excellent pay and benefits.  So the LV economy is humming along, but most of the fun was ruined. Meanwhile I went to Sukhumvit to a bar whose rent is astronomical, and the bartender was a lot more like a rude retard, than anyone, who could be a good host for a beer or three. 

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40 minutes ago, Xavnel said:

I reside in Chiang Mai. 

My eye test, seeing for myself,  can see that there are noticeably less tourists than the year before.

Some friends do I know that work in the bar industry have told me that the high season amount of customers is what the low season used to be..  and I can see for myself, many, many bars with very few customers.

And I can see the numbers declining even more.

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the bars started dying about the same time the good promotions disappeared. The Thais are permanently stuck in the denial stage while only shooting themselves in the feet at every possible turn. 

 

But in other news, I finally figured out why so many food vendors are pushing hot dog like, low quality processed crap that would likely cause prison riots if served to us prison inmates... The explanation is that all the food stolen from the kiddie school lunches has to be resold to maximize the profits of the corrupt. 

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I only visited Chiang Mai once for five days.

 

No  smoke problem while I was there but to be honest it was boring and expensive. so I'm not going back for those reasons.

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They put all their eggs in one basket, China.

TAT failed to understand that the popularity of Thailand for the Chinese was sparked by a movie about a road trip in Thailand, Lost in Thailand. They failed to understand the chinese market as well, it's all about being trendy and eventually they will move on. (Another example, mongtong durians).

Worse TAT failed to understand the implications of how the Chinese tourist will affect other foreign tourists. Sounds racist but the truth is when the hordes of chinese tourist are around it's not a pleasant experience.

 

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In my little part of Thailand there have not been any change of farrangs or tourists for the last five years. Still only me.

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Will you please not use the word decimate to describe the reduction of tourists in Chiang Mai? This word means to reduce by a factor of 10%.

 

The word you need to use is annihilation. 

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They put all their eggs in one basket, China.
TAT failed to understand that the popularity of Thailand for the Chinese was sparked by a movie about a road trip in Thailand, Lost in Thailand. They failed to understand the chinese market as well, it's all about being trendy and eventually they will move on. (Another example, mongtong durians).
Worse TAT failed to understand the implications of how the Chinese tourist will affect other foreign tourists. Sounds racist but the truth is when the hordes of chinese tourist are around it's not a pleasant experience.
 

Lazy TAT.. typical Thai attitude thinking the so called “Chinese explosion “ would continue and never end and Thailand didn’t have to do anything ! Attitude that runs through everything! Mai pen rai


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