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

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19 hours ago, HeyHeyHey said:

A lot of stuff and services are priced crazy high for no reason but to exploit consumers by Thai Oligarchy

 

You can stick your wine bottles starting at 1400 THB / A$70 at an average restaurant and 140 THB A$7 for 330ml of beer imitation to the area where the sun doesn't shine.

 

You want quality food? You are looking at 400+ / A$20 per dish - that is on par with 1st world cities where everybody (bartenders, waiters, truck drivers) earn in an hour more than the staff in Thailand per day.

 

Just for that reason I try to spend as little as possible in Thailand and keep the cash to spend in countries not exploiting their citizens and guests like this.

A lot of business travelers that have excessively generous expense allowances (even some government) will pay these prices.  My brother- in- law racks up $500 lunches as a senior partner with his corporate law firm when meeting with clients, but he often eats at fast food restaurants when it on his own dime.    I remember in the 1970’s seeing $50 cantaloupe 🍈 on the Ginza in Tokyo , each with its own wood gift box.   I thought , who in the hell would pay that for a damm cantaloupe!   (where I live) cost far less than a dollar !   I was told they were always bought by business executives as gifts for clients.  
Easy to spend someone else’s money. 

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Thailand is as holiday country far to expensive. Not only the resorts.

Think about the rip offs, dual pricing etc.

Why I should spend my hard earned money in a country where they focus to ripp off tourists????

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20 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.

Maybe, just maybe, we will see signs like the one's that I saw in Malaysia a few years ago when I was on a self drive touring golfing holiday. Many of the golf courses that I was lucky enough to play on had signs that said 'No Koreans', they were so loathed for their very bad manners, both on and off the golf course. I doubt that the Thai's will do this as money is their master and I think always will be.

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1 hour ago, ChipButty said:
1 hour ago, DrPhibes said:

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.

 

What dates are you looking at? 

 

 

a better question might be "has anyone seen my glasses?"

 

 

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I was on the beach, as Chinese tourists bothered me,

I just started talking loud to them and complained about their manner.

They got the message. The point is, don't look away and let them know, when they

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Just getting back to reality - I suspect most of us living in Thailand don't have the money for European holidays or 5 star resorts whether in Thailand or elsewhere.

 

When we go to Bangkok, Pattaya, Puket or Samui (tourist places) we would normally stay somewhere in the 800 - 1200 Baht per night range. There always seems to be plenty of choice.

 

Of course, being from Australia, the beaches in Thailand aren't particularly noteworthy. I rate the Andaman coast, but even there falls a little short (no surfing waves).

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19 hours ago, HeyHeyHey said:

A lot of stuff and services are priced crazy high for no reason but to exploit consumers by Thai Oligarchy

 

You can stick your wine bottles starting at 1400 THB / A$70 at an average restaurant and 140 THB A$7 for 330ml of beer imitation to the area where the sun doesn't shine.

 

You want quality food? You are looking at 400+ / A$20 per dish - that is on par with 1st world cities where everybody (bartenders, waiters, truck drivers) earn in an hour more than the staff in Thailand per day.

 

Just for that reason I try to spend as little as possible in Thailand and keep the cash to spend in countries not exploiting their citizens and guests like this.

Over exagerated.  Bought a good botte of (South African) wine  for 600 baht the other day and a Friend of mine went to Chaweng on Koh Samui YESTERDAY and bought a small beer for 55 baht.  Our favourite restaurant, which is rated 5* on Trip Adviser serves a delicious culinary experience for less than 400 baht per person, in a lovely comfortable air conditioned restaurant. 

 

Suggest you do your research before firing from the hip with you keyboard!  Another keyboard cowboy!

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1 hour ago, saengd said:

I agree with your sentiment but not 100% with the fact. Looking around I know of several westerners who have been here for many years who own nice property, have established families and enjoy a high level of income. I'm sure that picture is not fully replicated everywhere in Thailand but I wouldn't underestimate the silent few/many/some who tend not to post on TVF, albeit a few do. 

 

yes i am one of them. which is why i pre-faced my argument as follows:

 

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Thailand has only ever appealed, in volume, to cheap charlie westerners..

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Stevemercer said:

Of course, being from Australia, the beaches in Thailand aren't particularly noteworthy. I rate the Andaman coast, but even there falls a little short (no surfing waves).

I agree, the beaches in Thailand leave a lot to be desired, especially for me, coming from Florida in the USSA. I lived in Holland for years; great beaches, very clean, just too cold. Ditto Portugal. Meia Praia in Lagos is probably the most incredible beach I've been on -- I'm an inveterate beach walker -- but 19C water temperature...🥶

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4 minutes ago, robertson468 said:

Our favourite restaurant, which is rated 5* on Trip Adviser serves a delicious culinary experience for less than 400 baht per person,

Holy poop, that's a weeks food bill for me!

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4 minutes ago, robertson468 said:

Over exagerated.  Bought a good botte of (South African) wine  for 600 baht the other day and a Friend of mine went to Chaweng on Koh Samui YESTERDAY and bought a small beer for 55 baht.  Our favourite restaurant, which is rated 5* on Trip Adviser serves a delicious culinary experience for less than 400 baht per person, in a lovely comfortable air conditioned restaurant. 

 

Suggest you do your research before firing from the hip with you keyboard!  Another keyboard cowboy!

 

could be true, or it could be his idea of "average" is not the same as yours :cheesy:

 

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21 hours ago, poohy said:

Meanwhile Thais are wondering why the tourists arent coming

The tourists are coming, the westerners aren't

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20 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Do people who use 5* resorts worry about the price?

I would have though the weather, service and beach/sea quality would be all that mattered.

why do so many people not understand the written word . the whole point of this thread is ," people could not afford 5 star hotels in europe so they came to thailand where a 5 star hotel was a fraction of the european price "
Now it is the same price as europe , no point in coming here as the weather , service and beach/sea quality is a lot better aroung the med and south of france and spain . Not to hard for me to understand 

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