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Poll: If the baht bus fare was doubled to 20 baht would you ride them any less?

Poll: If the baht bus fare was doubled to 20 baht would you ride them any less?  

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I have seen posts from Bangkok residents stating that in Pattaya we are overpaying compared to the similar options they have. If this is the case, maybe a 100% price increase is unlikely. I say a 2 Baht increase, if any, would be fairest.

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5 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Normally businesses push prices up when rising them won't hurt demand. 

So why hasn't the baht bus cooperative raised prices?

Not that I'm complaining. I'm happy to keep paying the 10 baht.

 

 

 

"Like they're way too dim to consider the idea of raising the prices after 10 or 20 years themselves.

Those self sabotaging farangatans spreading such dangerous ideas! The nerve."

 

Problem is that the poll functions as "Market Research".

 

ie. If 99% say they would stop riding then one might feel reasonably confident that BB prices will remain "stable" for the moment (if one thought the results were being monitored by "those concerned").

 

I will leave it to you to work what might transpire if, on the other hand, percentages show............(etc).

 

This perhaps applies to other polls gauging opinions about what might "get worse".

 

Polls which show an overall expectation that a particular "issue" will get worse may lead to "observers" thinking that the respondents were already resigned to it.

 

 

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When I came here the fare was 3 Bht, and the number of coins was not a problem, in fact a great way to get rid of all those annoying little coins 🙂

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Don't see any problem with raising the price to 20 baht. If I ride just a short way I give 10 baht (maybbe 15) If I take a long route say Harbour Mall (on Sukumvit Rd.) all the way to Naklua or near Walking Street to Naklua I give 15--20 baht especially if there were few passengers on the ride. That's just me.

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6 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Yes, but that's serious money. 10 to 20 baht isn't. 

every penny's a prisoner!

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4 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Usually people that complain about too many buses don't actually ride them. Of course the too many empty buses that are hustling for charters and won't act as a bus are definitely very annoying to riders.

i don't ride them, my complaint is almost driving into the back of them when they decide to stop without warning or when they're blocking roads coz they stop in retard locations.

 

Hate them!

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I would use if I have too,but I have a scooter to get round town.some have a bike some have a scooter.all depends on your view.i know 1 person who will never use either except a taxi or bus because he feels safer.

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I daresay that when in Pattaya last, I rode the baht busses often and they were 5 baht. But even at 20 they are a bargain. 

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I can't believe that the price is the same as when I first came here in the early 2000's I used to use them all the time, cheap & relatively convenient, I used to travel from Jomtien to WS or in latter years from the top of Lake Mab Prachan into town via the Sukhamvit Rd, now I am retired here and have a car so drive myself, but to answer your question, if the basic price went up to 20 Baht I would still use them if the need arose. 

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I think this poll would have a far different answer if it was directed at the local Thai population, after all they would be the main customer, they already complain Pattaya is high price compared to Bangkok.

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6 hours ago, Skallywag said:

Too many baht buses in Pattaya early in the day/afternoon.  See so many empty driving on side streets, or parked somewhere along second road. 

Night time different story, many are full and make money.  Still too many IMO, especially those that just double park or cruise the streets looking for a "taxi fare'.  Not doing what they were designed for, have decided to just sit and wait or cruise empty until they get a 100-200 baht "fare" from a family or small group to take them directly to their destination (as a taxi would)  Also, driver is many times not the guy/girl on the taxi licence photo. 

 

Motorcycle taxi "stands" block street corners, drink at night, and are not dispersed well either. 

Think they give their orange vest to any friend who seems sober enough to drive you. 

I saw a small Honda Zoomer type bike with an old frail thai driver who had 2 indians on it and it was definitely an accident waiting to happen. 

Who on earth looks at the drivers photo in a baht bus? I don't even know if they have them as I've never bothered to look.

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11 hours ago, Jingthing said:

I suppose some people that depend on the baht buses as their main form of transportation may be nudged into buying a motorbike due to a fare increase. But 10 to 20, I don't think very many.

Personally I would draw the line at 50 baht. When I lived in Jomtien I had some days 4-5 rides, or up to 50 baht per day. So double that would be close to 100 baht. Still acceptable.  But had they charged me 50 baht every time I would buy my own bike.  

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There does seem to be pressure mounting for 20 baht.  Had a baht bus guy yell at me on the Sukhumvit baht bus (the white ones) for only paying 10 baht not too long ago.  I also get them trying to get 20 baht out of me sometimes when coming or going to Jomtien on longer end to end trips.  I think they are regularly getting it from the more clueless tourists when push comes to shove so they seem to be doing that more.  I don't really see it as being greedy considering inflation.   But it can add up if you use them a lot.  So it would be a hit to most peoples budgets.  

 

I think the 2nd road beach road circular route should probably stay 10 baht but some of the longer routes like Jomtien to Pattaya would make more sense to make 20 baht.

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