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The tour groups may be annoying to you but they bring a lot of money and are relatively well controlled. They are not the ones trashing the beaches and damaging the reefs. The groups offer a way to tr

I go back 30 years and the abject poverty was not pleasant........you could argue either way I guess. The biggest improvement (for any country) would be to ban large group tours that dominate and dest

Go back 30-40 years to a time when Thailand had very few international tourists, and I'm sure it was a happy place - possibly happier than it is now.    So ok, international tourism brings i

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2 minutes ago, Promula said:

That paints a picture that Thais were mostly starving 30-40 years ago and now aren't because of international tourism. I don't think that's reality. 

I didn't say they did then... but they certainly do today after the international tourism business came to an abrupt standstill... still today, tens of thousands of Thai line up daily for food... it just is not news anymore 

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1 hour ago, Surelynot said:

I go back 30 years and the abject poverty was not pleasant........

You can say that about anywhere at any time in history. That doesn't in itself make mass tourism a good idea. Perhaps 100 years from now your ancestors will look back at your life and think it was abject poverty.

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20 minutes ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

 

I always felt strange why the poor people never revolted against the elite and just accepting their fate

 

but now I understand how this could be .... brainwashed since birth, for generations... 

 

It was probably the same in your native country centuries ago until a civil war or two came along.

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Im beginning to think the Thai government think they can live without the mass tourism and are not interested in bringing back any time soon, get away from places like Phuket and the other tourist islands and pay a visit to Thai only cities, even in Phuket go to Phuket Town it's busy, full of Thai people,

A few weeks ago we spent 4 days in Nakorn Si Thammarat it was busy almost like normal not many tourist go that way.

 

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4 minutes ago, Grumpy one said:

With no international tourists there would be a lot of unhappy hotel owners, hotel staff and dont forget the bar girls without customers

Phuket was becoming like a concrete jungle there is no control was it reaching a saturation point before covid19? business was going down before the pandemic

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23 minutes ago, ChipButty said:

Im beginning to think the Thai government think they can live without the mass tourism and are not interested in bringing back any time soon.

 

I was speaking with a middle aged car rental company owner in Phuket a few days ago. His father set up the business as one of the first several decades ago. He said those days were far happier and the island was relatively quiet and unspoiled. He said there's now about 70 car rental busineses on the island that started up since his father's, and it's now very cut throat and not a pleasant industry, while much of the island has been spoilt by development and tour buses everywhere. He said the last few months of much quieter roads have been a joy, and despite the lack of customers, he's really enjoying the trip down memory lane. He's planning to sell his entire stock of cars up country and diversify into something new.

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