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

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1 hour ago, drbeach said:

Anything imported, including food and beverages imported from other countries is expensive in Thailand. Ditto for cars, even locally built ones are more expensive than the same vehicles sold in western countries. This is true even when these vehicles are imported - in Australia, a country that no longer manufactures cars, a Toyota Corolla (probably manufactured in Thailand) is absurdly enough cheaper than a Toyota Corolla sold in Thailand (maybe not that much cheaper, but still). This makes zero sense given that the cost of shipping has to be added to the final sales price, plus things like land rental and labor costs in Australia are higher than in Thailand hence there are higher costs associated with getting the car into Australia, into a showroom and selling it to a customer than in Thailand.

 

Not that Thais are poor anymore (they aren't), but I am still amazed by how Thais on 15,000-20,000 Baht monthly incomes can afford to buy new cars or even any car. Back home, one would probably only buy an old clunker on such a salary. Something is amiss here.

Take home      15,000

Rent                2,000

Food               3,000

Car payment   14,000

Insurance        what ??

Road tax          eh ??

See, it all works out ok

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17 minutes ago, sniggie said:

I note what you say. At times when I am a lone tourist the foreigner price is often quite reasonable in the absolute scale of things. What does get to me, though, is when we go out as a family group with associated hangers-on.  They wouldn't be there without me driving them but at times I'm still asked for the higher fee.  

I've been out with the family a couple of time and got charged local fees, my sister in law is quite 

a negotiator and argued the same point that you brought up!

 

I've read in the past that one person would sit in his car rather than pay the surcharge

waiting for his family members to finish their visit. I can't imagine how crazy that would

look to anyone witnessing his protest!

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

It's free if you're over 60.

You only pay for the parking.

When did free entry for over 60s start?  Never once offered to me and I'm way beyond 60!

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4 hours ago, holy cow cm said:

this atrocity of being raped. It would be a good direction to go. They could have discounts to seniors and students

Whoa Scooter.. sorry you feel so abused... but then discounts to Srs could also be construed as double pricing... So, you are in favor of it when it benefits you? and when not, you are the victim of atrocities... ??

 

ps.. the USA is rife w/two tier pricing too... 

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4 minutes ago, masuk said:

When did free entry for over 60s start?  Never once offered to me and I'm way beyond 60!

maybe you look (too) young

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1 hour ago, Yinn said:

 

 

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

sure.

Yes agreed but not always. I've even got a pink Thai ID card which i have yet to put to the test as i've virtually covered all the tourist attractions but it will be interesting when i do.

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10 minutes ago, Shiver said:

I sat outside on the curb and waited for them, on principle.

Well, you showed them! 

 

By the way, who cared? 

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9 minutes ago, masuk said:

When did free entry for over 60s start?  Never once offered to me and I'm way beyond 60!

Over 60 but still a handsome young man... can't have everything... i would rather be young and handsome and pay the freight. 

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They won't lose any money now anyway being as there's no foreigners left here now because of the super tight visa regulations.

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Just went to Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park the other day. Great place with great caves, but B100 for GF and B200 for "Foreigner Fee". Very clean and well maintained. Abundant, clean restrooms. Gladly paid it in this instance. 

 

They will probably just raise the Thai price to the "farang" price...or at best, lower the "farang" by 25%, while increasing the Thai fee by 50%, thus still getting same money. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Looking after the welfare of tourists was his number one priority, he said

The operative word in the quote is "WAS".

 

By omitting the rest of the published statement, shows how easy it is to convince people of a falsehood something Thais are fond of doing in their published facts, for example about the anticipated increase of tourist arrivals, etc.

'nuf sed

5 hours ago, CharlieH said:

What's the odds he gets moved to an empty desk

Has he already been moved because the above quote suggests his tenure is over (although it isn't, is it)?

'nuf sed.

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