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Koh Samui deserted: A very UN-Merry Christmas on once bustling holiday island
 
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Picture: Naew Na
 
Santa did not visit Koh Samui this year.
 
Thai media Naew Na went to the usually thriving holiday island and found it almost totally deserted on Christmas Day.
 
In Chaweng there were just a few Thai tourists at the Ark Bar on the beach.
 
The owner had bravely put on a fire show. What staff remained were kitted out in Santa hats - with face masks and shields for company.
 
The Christmas lights on the main drag were out. 
 
There would normally be 500 taxis doing a great trade, said driver Apichai - now fewer than 100 were left.
 
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Picture: Naew Na
 
Sometimes drivers would do a 22 hour shift without a single customer.
 
It was still better than being miserable at home though hardly conducive to getting money for his family or car repayments.
 
Many cars had been reclaimed by finance companies. 
 
There was absolutely no comparison with Christmas on Samui last year and this. 
 
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Picture: Naew Na
 
The island has already seen tourism completely destroyed in 2020 due to the lack of foreign tourists on which it relied. 
 
Now with many new cases of Covid-19 what little domestic tourism there was is now also under threat.
 
Soure: Naew Na
 
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2 hours ago, Trexpat said:

As much as this is terrible for the local business people there are some that get no sympathy. I spent 4 years living on the Island and during that time Taxi's and the charges were a frequent topic of conversation. (as they are in other major tourist destination in Thailand).

Taxi Operators have operated with impunity and total disregard for the law, now as things get tough they bleat like lambs about how hard done by they are. I would like to hope they have seen the error in their ways and think about turnng on their meter that are so proudly advertised on the exterior of their cars.

I am sure the other operator with a disregard for realistic pricing, Bangkok Air, will also be crying in their congee about the state of affairs. Once again tough luck and time to get real.

The inflated transportation costs have been hammering the Islands potential for years and now the Thais simply do not want to go as they fear being overcharged, same scenario in Phuket. I really hope they get their collective heads on straight and realise that it is going to take time for recovery and they need to take the lead. Unfortunately I doubt it, but I hope they prove me wrong.

Totally agree the prices are a scandal

This would be a good time to open up about why. Do they have to pay off various groups to be allowed to operate or find themselves in trouble. Special licences? Payment to wait in or go to certain places. Forced to join co-operatives?

Threats if they charge a rate others would see as undercutting the 'proper' fare.

Who might the forces be that benefit from all of this? How high up does/did the money flow and how much is for them and how much remains for the taxi driver?

 

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10 hours ago, webfact said:
Koh Samui deserted: A very UN-Merry Christmas on once bustling holiday island
 
4pm1.jpg
Picture: Naew Na
 
Santa did not visit Koh Samui this year.
 
Thai media Naew Na went to the usually thriving holiday island and found it almost totally deserted on Christmas Day.
 
In Chaweng there were just a few Thai tourists at the Ark Bar on the beach.
 
The owner had bravely put on a fire show. What staff remained were kitted out in Santa hats - with face masks and shields for company.
 
The Christmas lights on the main drag were out. 
 
There would normally be 500 taxis doing a great trade, said driver Apichai - now fewer than 100 were left.
 
4pm2.jpg
Picture: Naew Na
 
Sometimes drivers would do a 22 hour shift without a single customer.
 
It was still better than being miserable at home though hardly conducive to getting money for his family or car repayments.
 
Many cars had been reclaimed by finance companies. 
 
There was absolutely no comparison with Christmas on Samui last year and this. 
 
4pm3.jpg
Picture: Naew Na
 
The island has already seen tourism completely destroyed in 2020 due to the lack of foreign tourists on which it relied. 
 
Now with many new cases of Covid-19 what little domestic tourism there was is now also under threat.
 
Soure: Naew Na
 

Sounds great..just like the old days before the grockels and hoi poloi invaded the place. Let's hope it returns to being the peaceful free, semi autonomous idyl it used to be before mass tourism, the airport and the mainland mafia, bureaucrats and BIB spoilt a great place.

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1 hour ago, greeneking said:

Totally agree the prices are a scandal

This would be a good time to open up about why. Do they have to pay off various groups to be allowed to operate or find themselves in trouble. Special licences? Payment to wait in or go to certain places. Forced to join co-operatives?

Threats if they charge a rate others would see as undercutting the 'proper' fare.

Who might the forces be that benefit from all of this? How high up does/did the money flow and how much is for them and how much remains for the taxi driver?

 

Can’t remember what the cost to get the uniform/ shirt . But the drivers mostly lease the cars at around 10-16000 a month depending on age of car etc , they pay for the car if it breaks down , they pay insurance etc , they pay for the paint job and obviously pay for gasoline. I always used the same guys for years but most eventually left and now I just use a private one . Private and taxi were both same price though give or take 100bht .

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

There was absolutely no comparison with Christmas on Samui last year and this. 

Wonder how the comparison with Christmas last year was at other tourists destinations around the World...🤔

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9 hours ago, Nout said:

Sounds great..just like the old days before the grockels and hoi poloi invaded the place. Let's hope it returns to being the peaceful free, semi autonomous idyl it used to be before mass tourism, the airport and the mainland mafia, bureaucrats and BIB spoilt a great place.

What is groekel and a  poloi ????

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