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18 hours ago, ThomasThBKK said:

common sense prevailed

Not quite yet.

 

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Fantastic headline, however, I see a purple pig flying in the sky along with the sky turning green and the grass turning blue!!

LOS, similar to any other country, is not going to alienate it's biggest cash cow for decades. Would you?

The Chinese will get everything they want when they want it, for now. The cracks will begin to appear; overstay, illegal business, illegal gambling, etc,etc. Unfortunately, until this happens and becomes problematic to the authorities it is going to be hello Chinese goodbye Westerners.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Selatan said:

Ironically, the British won the war against the Communists by enticing the rural Chinese to move to guarded areas by offering them land there, which then deprived the Communists of a source of food and manpower.

Interesting. Maybe they should herd them to a farm in Isaan and lock the gate. Shouldn't be too difficult, just pack into the buses and have a big flag to follow.

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Once the flood gate it open, it is hard to reclaim the water that has gone through.

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19 hours ago, MacMan2000 said:

 

Great post, Thanks !

 

It is really amazing how they can't make the connection between the way they treat the long term\frequent visitors to repercussion it will have on the casual tourists.

 

When a country acts in a way that is precived as unjust to one of your fellow countryman, people will generally blacklist this country on thier next travel plans..

 

They can't dance on both wedding..

You can't treat expats like criminals, and then expact their countryman to come here and spend money.

 

 

 

 

 

Well said. The money I spend annually as an expat isn't a six-digit fortune, but it's consistantly spent at locally owned small businesses and supporting other concerns owned by Thais and not the fickle giant way up north.

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On 8/19/2019 at 9:24 PM, donnacha said:

I do sometimes wonder if the Thai authorities will ever recognize that it was a mistake to torpedo their reputation, built up organically over half a century, as an easy-going destination for Westerners.

Just this week, I was talking to a friend making his first visit to S.E. Asia. He will be using Kuala Lumpur as his hub because, somehow, he heard that Thailand are no longer happy to have Westerners coming in and out of Bangkok - he wants to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam but has now arranged it so that he will have to make only one entry into Thailand. I have not said anything to him, but his understanding is that if you leave Thailand and then return a week later, you can be put in a cell and flown back to your home country.

I do not know how representative my friend is of casual Western travelers, but awareness of Thailand's anti-Western sentiment is clearly filtering into that mainstream. That represents a truly massive destruction of hard-won, irreplaceable brand value.

I understand the political reasoning - the Chinese government will never ask awkward questions about democracy - but it seems short-sighted to apply pressure to one group who have been reliably pouring money into your country for decades, in favor of other groups who may not ever actually deliver the five-star visitors that the Thai elites dream of.

I like Thailand, but it is not a five-star destination. For all the lovely things about Thailand, there are very real trade-offs. That's fine with me, because I am not a five-star guy. Thailand was, for decades, the right trade-off for me and many other westerners seeking a break from the world of 9-to-5 and competent driving.

I know that there are Chinese and Indian multi-millionaires, lots of them, but why would they come here? If you have real money, there are far better destinations. I am pretty sure that, at the end of this grand switch, the Thais will end up with roughly the same amount of tourists on roughly the same budgets, but will far less stability and long-term durability.

The real insanity is that they could have continued attracting tourists from both the West while simultaneously developing these new markets. Why jettison their existing market?

Short sightedness and fear of westerners spreading democratic principles 

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