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Tourism: An end to dual pricing? Tourism minister talks of stimulus measures

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Very pleased to read this. I hope the tourism minister follows through on this. The time has come to address this issue. Thailand isn't poor anymore. Nothing irks me more than seeing families of well off Thais driving their pickup trucks and sedans into places like Sukhothai historical park, meanwhile backpackers on their bicycles, with their limited traveling budgets are expected to pay 5 times more. It's offensive and ridiculous. Even in Vietnam, a poorer country where few locals can afford cars, relatively few tourist sites charge foreigners more than locals. If Vietnam can do it, Thailand can too. I also wonder how many Burmese and Cambodians and other "Thai looking" people get in for the local price, which makes farangs feel cheated and racially discriminated against; even more so if Thai speaking expats are still denied the local price.

Ironically enough though, in countries like Laos which also employ dual pricing, they are more reasonable because they actually take the whole differential pricing by nationality seriously - thus Thais, Vietnamese and Chinese have to pay the foreigner price. They don't assume because you share the same skin color as a local that you are a local.

 

I suggest they phase this in gradually, starting with all privately owned tourist attractions, which should be forced to implement a one price policy immediately. Essentially charge foreigners the Thai price, don't bring up the Thai price to the foreigner price as that may be too expensive, besides, most tourist attractions rely primarily on Thai visitors anyway. Or what they could do is if the Thai/foreigner price is currently 300/900 Baht, then make the single entry fee 400 Baht for all. Something like that.

 

Then go for historical sites. Perhaps about the only places that might retain dual pricing (which I would still disagree with but can see them retaining it for some time to come for national heritage reasons) would be the Grand Palace. However, I would suggest that expats be allowed in for free, like Thais are. It's like this in Vietnam. The Hue Imperial Palace is one of the few tourist attractions that retains an official dual pricing policy. It's probably an equivalent (of sorts) of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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2 hours ago, Genmai said:

Of course not, you’re Thai. Wouldn’t expect you to look past your own nose to show concern for someone else. Thais wouldn’t give a toss about something unless it concerns their own pocket. Obviously the only reason this is even in the news is because tourism is tanking.

 

Typical Thai logic. How about the guys on here who’ve lived here for decades? Are they not “local” enough for you?

 

2 hours ago, BobbyL said:

I agree it is. I also think tourists should be charged more, that is part of a holiday.

 

What really makes me annoyed is the fact that each year I pay around 156,000b / year in tax to the Thai economy and I am never allowed to enter places at a reduced rate. Sometimes it is 6 - 8 times the price what is scandalous for someone who actually lives here full time. 

 

3 hours ago, Pumpuynarak said:

I live here.....

If you show the driving liscence and ask in thai, most time will get a discount.

sure.

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1 hour ago, Fex Bluse said:

Many of us hope it IS too late. 

 

And, it's lovely to see them grovelling.

 

Thailand has earned any bad fortune in its foreign tourism sector.

 

What other countries' ministries need to constantly tell its citizens things like:

1. "No more taking advantage of tourists"

2. "No more dual pricing and over charging of tourists"

3. "Our police love all tourists -- Thai and even foreign tourists"

 

Come on. Why would any foreigner feel sorry for these people? It's crazy.

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

but their families and friends who would stay in hotels, go to restaurants and visit tourist attraction.

no  way  are  they  staying  with  me and  lumbering  me  with  the  tm90 b.s

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2 hours ago, LennyW said:

Nothing more than a throw away line to grab the headline, the article has a lot more to say.

 

Not that important anyway, a few of the perpetual whingers about dual pricing on here makes no difference in the grand scheme of things.

Sanook thought it was important enough. They, along with Thaivisa, made the issue of dual pricing their headline amid Pipat's many other comments. 

 

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4 minutes ago, Fex Bluse said:

If already have so many, why government cry cry about the tourist ?

He not cry.

 

just more promotion.

reduce plastic, update website. 

Make tourist happy. 

He do the good job I think.

Very successful (look at graph) see. 

If you want successful must hard work and always improve= more successful!!!

 

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15 minutes ago, Yinn said:

I know 95% of farang ok good people. Happy and polite. Welcome to Thailand sure.

 

But only maybe 70% of thaivisa poster ok. 5555555

some the guy weird people. Angry. 

 

Many marry sex worker, and complain, criticize, ridicule and mock thai people everyday. And still want live here! 

 

 

I know 95% of Thai people like Thai people. But maybe not like Farang.

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Even TAT should be able to get this right 1st stop killing them 2nd stop rinsing them 3rd the best bit make more money🤔

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