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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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If 10 baht is enough to cause you to change your normal routine, then you shouldn’t be in a city where everything (especially love) costs money 

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8 hours ago, Leaver said:

Due to taxis not using their meters here, and just throwing a crazy price at you, even for a short journey, people would have no choice than to pay 20, 30, or even 40 baht to a baht bus driver. 

As you say, many people use them mainly for a short journey,

so in many cases they could just walk :thumbsup: and save these precious 20-40 baht :wink:

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Well, that's a "no brainer". A price increase of 100% overnight? The long predicted demise of Pattaya would become fact. Farangs leaving in droves, heading for South America.:smile:
Until that happens, lets "enjoy each miserable day".

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2 minutes ago, swissie said:

Well, that's a "no brainer". A price increase of 100% overnight? The long predicted demise of Pattaya would become fact. Farangs leaving in droves, heading for South America.:smile:
Until that happens, lets "enjoy each miserable day".

Well speaking personally, I would pack up and leave before I paid the extra 30 cents!

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In the interest of accuracy a 100 percent increase of 10 to 20 baht really isn't about just 10 baht unless you only take one ride. 

 

To illustrate this I typically spend 30 to 40 baht daily on baht bus rides. 

 

So averaging that to 35 baht a day 35 x 365 is 12775 baht. So annualized a 10 baht raise in fares translates to an annual increase of roughly 12775. 

 

Under current exchange rates that's 423 US dollars. 

 

So that puts things into a more realistic perspective.

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On 11/18/2019 at 8:43 PM, david555 said:

Fair enough , it was 10 years ago an understanding so, maybe you where not in Pattaya yet ?? 😉

I have an unfrozen pension already more than 10 years....so I favor them drivers a little too.....as it is a real long ride ,but i can understand your position too .

 

Besides i don't see it as a tip .., just a fair pay for a real long ride , must be because I come from communist's Europe as some Brits call it …..5555

I have been told it was 10 baht from Jomtien to Pattaya Klang.  So three different people are saying 3 different things here.  One says Pattaya Tai (South), another says Pattaya Klang (Central), and another says Pattaya Nua (North).

 

I have ridden from Jomtien to T21 at Pattaya Nua and only paid 10 baht.  But I think a lot of drivers will try get 20 for that.  Some may say something and some may not.

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3 minutes ago, shdmn said:

I have been told it was 10 baht from Jomtien to Pattaya Klang.  So three different people are saying 3 different things here.  One says Pattaya Tai (South), another says Pattaya Klang (Central), and another says Pattaya Nua (North).

 

I have ridden from Jomtien to T21 at Pattaya Nua and only paid e 10 baht.  But I think a lot of drivers will try get 20 for that.  Some may say something and some may not.

Yes that's the way to figure out the correct fare. I did a long thread all about this issue soliciting reports and testing myself. The conclusion? About 95 to 99 percent of the time 10 baht will be accepted from Jomtien to Pattaya North road without pushback. Of course you should pay with exact change and never ask the drivers about fares. 

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15 hours ago, Pattaya46 said:

As you say, many people use them mainly for a short journey,

so in many cases they could just walk :thumbsup: and save these precious 20-40 baht :wink:

I do not have any mobility issues, and have no problem walking short journeys, but from Dolphin roundabout to Walking Street, in the heat of the day, I jump on a baht bus. 

 

Also, many footpaths here do not make for a pleasant walk, so I can understand people using cheap and regular transport, even for a short journey.

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On 11/18/2019 at 8:26 AM, JaiLai said:

i would rather walk than ever get on a baht bus - despise them.

 

other drivers will understand where i'm coming from, they are the worst!

Could be a rather long walk, if you go out in Jomtien and live in Naklua 😂

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On 11/18/2019 at 9:00 AM, DannyCarlton said:

Smoking is banned on baht busses.

Standing also

As usual the problem is the non enforcement

 

https://thepattayanews.com/2018/07/06/new-head-of-pattaya-baht-bus-council-to-enforce-the-rules-bring-new-rules-such-as-no-standing-on-the-back-of-baht-busses/  

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On 11/18/2019 at 2:30 AM, Jingthing said:

I guess a reason against it is that it would be too high a spike for some local Thais but then that might entering the double pricing zone that used to prevail here (5 baht for Thais, 10 for foreigners). Which would be nasty.

AFAIK the thais pay actualy the same bathbus fare as the farang

i see all the time thai people give 10 bhts to the driver 

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12 minutes ago, kingofthemountain said:

AFAIK the thais pay actualy the same bathbus fare as the farang

i see all the time thai people give 10 bhts to the driver 

Yes, the fare is 10 baht for ALL. I never said any differently!

 

YEARS AGO, there definitely was double pricing where Thais paid 5 and white people 10. For real.

 

NOT NOW. 

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On 11/18/2019 at 9:07 AM, Jingthing said:

Yes, I agree.

 

I did predict that riding them as frequently or nearly as frequently would "win" this poll.

But there are some factors where people might reduce riding or stop.

For example I notice many people ride them for a few blocks or a distance that would take 5 or 10 minutes to walk.

I don't do that unless perhaps if it was raining and I didn't have an umbrella or carrying heavy packages.

So some people would probably reduce those "discretionary" rides due to higher fares.

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.

I can imagine that it would hurt some poor Thai workers but that isn't a demographic reading this forum.

But otherwise clearly most people would keep riding the buses for longer rides as there is no affordable alternative (without a bike). 

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.

 

Here's a restaurant example of the power of pricing. 

I have a current favorite restaurant that is kind of expensive for my budget. But it's so good that I keep going there, like twice a week, even though the check bin is kind of painful. So for me anyway, this place has priced perfectly.

 

Now IF they suddenly DOUBLED their prices, I don't think I would go there ever again. 

 

For most people, 10 baht is seen as a bargain, and 20 isn't even painful. They would need to go higher than that to lose many riders. 

Falang fink tooo mut  😆

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On 11/17/2019 at 11:29 PM, RedPill said:

Not sure about that ... as long as I can remember, the Baht bus in Pattaya was always very easy to use to get around on a night out.

 

I couldn't really say anything bad about it.

 

It definitely is a great way to move around for 10 Baht ... as long as it may last for that price.

 

 

It used to be and still is sometimes but they are too overcrowded now. The buses starting off from Pattaya Tai Police box have seven or eight sitting each side, plus people crouched/ standing in the aisle and people standing at the back.  The 3rd worlders think its normal to be packed in like sardines. Other problems are drinkers, smokers, and surly Russian man spreaders.

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34 minutes ago, kingofthemountain said:

But the Indians stand inside the buses too.

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