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Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists

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On 12/23/2019 at 2:44 AM, NCC1701A said:

Imagine you are researching your first time trip to Thailand.

Here are some of the confusing things you would find on the internet. What would you do?

 

The amazing iconic islands are closed. maybe for years. will more be closing? 

Chiang Mai had/has the worst air pollution in the world. 

Bangkok can be covered in smog. And so can Hua Hin and Pattaya.

The government says no more lanterns during Lo Krathong festival.

The government says they are limiting the Songkran water festival and tourists behavior. 

Thai baht strongest currency in SEA.

A glass of average wine is very expensive.

Huge numbers of Chinese and Indian are expected in tourist areas.

The government is saying Pattaya is a family resort now. 

The government removed all the beach chairs. Is that still the case?

you heard you or someone has to report your location everywhere you go.

Tourists with Visas are being turned away at the airport. 

A young woman streamed live from a jail cell she was being held for overstaying her tourist visa by four days.

Immigration police are arresting thousands of foreign people a month. Are they tourists?

Thailand has dangerous highways and EMS and rescue is extremely poor. 

There are a lot of tourist scams in Thailand and the police are part of it.

you love animals and animals are treated horribly. Elephants are beaten. Tigers are killed.

Slave labor still exists and human trafficking is common.   

Thailand is one of the worst polluters of oceans with plastic in the world

Thailand continues to use banned pesticides on crops.

 

Please don't forget to vote for me for POTY. Do it right now and your immortal soul will be saved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No naked, or half naked girls to post? 

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The Europeans were all being locked up in Bangkok airport jails the last i heard. That's why many are staying away.

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On 12/19/2019 at 10:47 AM, ujayujay said:

I have been living in hua for 4 years and my wife has a hairdressing salon here since 20 years.  Compared to 3 years ago it has more than 50% fewer western tourists.  I also wonder: where are the indian tourists!?

Sounds like heaven. 🙂

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On 12/19/2019 at 4:56 PM, bkkcanuck8 said:

That is a pittance as the retirees are not that much importance for the tourist industry in Hua Hin.  Unless a retiree is visiting Hua Hin from another location in Thailand they are not going to pump much into the economy.  Retirees are not even considered prime demo in their home countries as they tend to spend less.  A tourist (especially first time) is going to come into town, spend money on hotels (likely mid to higher end), go out and spend money on lunch and dinner at restaurants (not likely the cheaper end as they tend to go to what other tourists have indicated as good - and that tends to be higher prices)...   Retirees tend to over estimate their importance to the overall economy.  Retirees might provide a steady stream of income over a year to a local economy, but after setting up residence that amount tends to decrease... and that is more of into a local economy rather than 'tourist economy'. Retirees tend to overvalue their contribution... 

During my holidays in Hua Hin (usually twice a year) I met a number of retirees, most of them big spenders (what I observed).

Also consider that just to establish yourself, you will have to spend two to five million B. to buy condo/house and a car. This is only beginning and on a lower scale. Remember also furnishing you house - also living expenses and depositing money for visa...

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On 12/31/2019 at 3:21 PM, Isaanbiker said:

No naked, or half naked girls to post? 

Wasn't traditional outfit for girls in Thailand going topless? 

To my understanding it only changed after Europeans arrived.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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On 12/19/2019 at 12:07 AM, unamazedloso said:

It's actually all a bit weird and immoral the way tourism is promoted here..

 

I've never thought that pimping out your nation's farm girls was a very moral way to make a few families crazy rich.

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5 hours ago, Tulak said:

During my holidays in Hua Hin (usually twice a year) I met a number of retirees, most of them big spenders (what I observed).

Also consider that just to establish yourself, you will have to spend two to five million B. to buy condo/house and a car. This is only beginning and on a lower scale. Remember also furnishing you house - also living expenses and depositing money for visa...

   

Or you can rent a furnished house for $200 USD a month and tool around on a $150 second hand scooter.

 

Edit:  Oops.  My bad.  That was in 2016.  It's $250 a month and a $170 scooter with the stronger baht.

 

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3 hours ago, impulse said:

   

Or you can rent a furnished house for $200 USD a month and tool around on a $150 second hand scooter.

 

Edit:  Oops.  My bad.  That was in 2016.  It's $250 a month and a $170 scooter with the stronger baht.

 

But if you can afford to own your home outright then rent doesn't need to come into the equation.

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After hearing that Coronavirus has arrived in Hua Hin, the tourism in Hua Hin will drop like a stone, you couldn't pay me to go there. Added to that, half of China is quarantined throughout the Chinese New Year. Hua Hin will be a ghost town shortly.

 

 

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China has a few millions trying to flee Wuhan. Maybe they could organise direct flights - TAT numbers will go up up upppppp!

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On 12/21/2019 at 2:20 AM, Chelseafan said:

Are they taking into account my Air'B'B stay, my daily 2000 baht short-time, my 4000 daily bar bill,

So you are the bast**d running up short time prices.

 

And how is it, having supped 4000 Bats worth of booze, you can still manage a short time?... Bragging again eh?

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27 minutes ago, DannyCarlton said:

After hearing that Coronavirus has arrived in Hua Hin, the tourism in Hua Hin will drop like a stone, you couldn't pay me to go there. Added to that, half of China is quarantined throughout the Chinese New Year. Hua Hin will be a ghost town shortly.

There's plenty of Chinese tourists here

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