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Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht


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I stopped recommending Thailand a few years ago. There are so many better places to go for a holiday. Between the locals and the hordes of Chinese, I’m not sure who ruined things more but it’s incredi

Just keep raising the prices because you don’t have customers. That will fix it. 

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1 hour ago, Xonax said:


I use 5* resorts and worry about the price.  But if the price is not right and fair, I prefer to stay at home in my 5* home. The high-season prices are usually way more than I am willing to pay, but I also prefer to avoid the crowd and therefore travel in the low-season only.

Same, 

 

Also if i can fly to the maldives and get a better hotel on a lonely island that is absolutely clean with stunning villas over the sea where sharks are swimming around in an all inclusive package for the same price i would pay for a 4/5* in Phuket then i also don't have to think twice.

 

Alternatively Phu Quoc is pretty much the same as Phuket, tons of new and cheap and decent hotels there and only 1 hour flight away...and everyone there gets a VoA for 30 days no matter what nationality.

 

It's all about value for money, phuket this isn't anything special in terms of beaches or location.

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18 hours ago, dcnx said:

I stopped recommending Thailand a few years ago. There are so many better places to go for a holiday. Between the locals and the hordes of Chinese, I’m not sure who ruined things more but it’s incredibly difficult to actually relax here now unless you go somewhere during the off season or luck out. I can’t even grab a coffee at a cafe anymore without contemplating snapping the neck of at least one Chinese tourist who is either yelling across the room, trying to cut in line, or allowing their kids to use every chair as a their own personal jungle gym.

 

I didn’t think I’d ever despise a group of people as much as I’ve come to despise Chinese tourists. They are a plague upon the earth.

Hard to imagine/believe that any people could have supplanted the Russians in this regard, but the Chinese have done it in spades.

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1 minute ago, ChipButty said:

Just looking on airbnb for Samui the prices are so low, 1 bedroom condo 52sqm with a pool 640 baht per night, they cant be making any money

No they prolly don't but many are forced to rent out because they have mortgages to pay. The only ones buying property with cash here are foreigners...

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My family and I have been going to beach resorts here, every year, until 4 years ago.

 

The price and value-for-money level has simply become too high compared to surrounding countries. Feel we get much more luxury and better service for our money in places like Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia etc.

 

 

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19 hours ago, dcnx said:

Just keep raising the prices because you don’t have customers. That will fix it. 

Yes, that appears to be the classic model, although I’ve seen some enlightened establishments that are doing good promotions to get customers in, however that only works if they are already here.

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7 minutes ago, ThomasThBKK said:

No they prolly don't but many are forced to rent out because they have mortgages to pay. The only ones buying property with cash here are foreigners...

These are Farang owners

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Good example of what's going on.  We booked two rooms (connecting) in resort at Karon Beach for a total of $85 USD/nt in mid October.  That same exact 2 rooms are now $619 USD/nt for the time period of Dec 23rd - Jan 3.  They also want mandatory 5,000 baht per person for a new years dinner.   I can see 2x or 3x low season, but over 7x low season?

 

The crazy thing is that when looking for Phuket lodging, a lot of the resorts are showing booked.  Having 5 adults makes it tougher to find rooms for a good chunk of resorts unless you want to rent 3 rooms. Looking at AirBnB now.

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18 hours ago, GeorgeCross said:

i think this is the thing thailand doesn't understand, back when it was really popular you could stay on the beach for 300 baht and if you wanted some luxury 1000 baht max per night - now those figures are 2500 - 25,000 baht. i don't care how much the baht has rose, it has not rose 10 times and the beaches and resorts are not 10 times better, if anything they are 10 times worse.

 

oh and this of course:

 

 

i could not agree more with that, and not from a jaded expat perspective, but from a well read 40-something perspective. thailand just isn't cool anymore, its barely ever mentioned anymore in the types of articles it once was and when it is, it's lambasted for its uncleanliness and unfriendliness

 

 

Spot on. They won't learn until it's too late and they have lost all their tourism to cheaper, friendlier and less arrogant neighbours. The strong baht is a temporary and non-essential factor. It is much more than just that. Hotel pricing is one aspect. 

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18 hours ago, dcnx said:

I didn’t think I’d ever despise a group of people as much as I’ve come to despise Chinese tourists. They are a plague upon the earth.

 

That is because Thailand attracts the bottom of the barrel. I've many times stayed at a 4* hotel in Dubai and seen the way they behave there, both at breakfast and elsewhere, and their behaviour can barely be faulted in any way. They don't shout, their kids sit quietly at the table, they don't attack the buffet like vultures tearing at a corpse.

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Been on a Thai island 20 years and that article is pretty accurate IMO.  Never heard a Thai utter the words "overdeveloped".  I am thinking pretty soon they will be building cement shop houses on top of elephants.  That would bring the amazingness back!!

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