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8 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

This is the part that I don't get, hotels were in lockdown for months, losing a lot of money, and when they reopened, not so long after, a long weekend was coming up, so what did a few of them do, lift their accommodation rates by as much as 85%.

 

I say this because when we looked at staying at one of the hotels we usually stay at, i.e. for the past long weekend, we saw that the room rates were up by 85%, suffice to say we decided it was of no benefit for us go, so we stayed home that long weekend that passed, don't get me wrong, we could afford the extra 85%, but why throw that extra money away when it could go towards other things if in fact we did get the rooms for the normal rates, others would have benefited, e.g. restaurants, and other shops desperate to make money once again after the lock down, the economy would benefit right, isn't that what it's all about. Well their hotel, their call, from where I am sitting we did not contribute one baht to the Thai economy, during that period, and no pompem. 

 

But to think that they had just reopened and wanted to take advantage by lifting prices up 85% when international travellers aren't even entering the country, just hoping to get the 85% increase off their fellow Thai's, well I wish them every success with their game plan, however I am of the opinion it's going to hurt over the long run.  

You don't know that they increased by 85% for everyone? The way online booking works they could  have put the prices up for their last available spaces, just like airlines do. 

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1 minute ago, RickG16 said:

You don't know that they increased by 85% for everyone? The way online booking works they could  have put the prices up for their last available spaces, just like airlines do. 

According to Booking.com they had 7 rooms of each we were looking to book, so not last rooms at all, on top of that, other sites would also have rooms available for the hotel.

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Just now, 4MyEgo said:

other sites would also have rooms available for the hotel.

I don't think the 7 rooms are just for that site... that's probably the same count across all the sites you can book on. And if it's a big hotel 7 rooms  left isn't many? 

 

Where was it out of interest? 

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BTW I stayed in Hard Rock Hotel with full breakfast for roughly 40% of normal rates.

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16 minutes ago, RickG16 said:

I don't think the 7 rooms are just for that site... that's probably the same count across all the sites you can book on. And if it's a big hotel 7 rooms  left isn't many? 

 

Where was it out of interest? 

iBis Hua Hin

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6 minutes ago, androokery said:

Booking.com (and Agoda etc) use algorithms to adjust the prices. The fact that people make searches and look at a specific hotel and/or a destination will impact the prices, not just the availability. And the changes from previous availability will have a large impact. If the hotel had zero bookings for three weeks and then suddenly they get five bookings for one weekend the price will go up, even if they have 25 available rooms. If there are no takers, the prices will drop. 

This is basically a better and more detailed version of what I was trying to explain 👍

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48 minutes ago, Eindhoven said:

400?? Used to be 200 baht and that was a rip-off. If 400, I will not again step on the island.

 

Last week Thai 40, Foreigners 200. Too much if you visit for only some hours.

 

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6 minutes ago, androokery said:

Booking.com (and Agoda etc) use algorithms to adjust the prices. The fact that people make searches and look at a specific hotel and/or a destination will impact the prices, not just the availability. And the changes from previous availability will have a large impact. If the hotel had zero bookings for three weeks and then suddenly they get five bookings for one weekend the price will go up, even if they have 25 available rooms. If there are no takers, the prices will drop. 

That makes sense as the same brand hotel we recently stayed in prior to the long weekend in BKK didn't put their rates up at all, so I suppose Hua Hin had a lot more tourists than BKK for that long weekend.

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1 minute ago, dimitriv said:

Last week Thai 40, Foreigners 200. Too much if you visit for only some hours.

I have not gone to any place or event that charges more than a Thai and it will remain that way, until it changes.

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2 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

I have not gone to any place or event that charges more than a Thai and it will remain that way, until it changes.

 

There is not much you can do if you arrive by boat with your family and can choose between paying 200 Baht or going back with the same boat.

 

 

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34 minutes ago, RickG16 said:

Really? I can't see any filth. 

There's a policeman hiding behind the rock on the right.

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