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"They all reported having to pay bribes to the police to get out of trouble"

Do not getting into trouble would seem like a good strategy then?

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Just heard on ABC radio that there are 13,000 cancellations for phuket from Australia for the month of June. Can this really be true? Do that many aussies go there.

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Ive visited Thailand for years and always felt their was nothing but TROUBLE in this area anyway.Too many tourist over the years

have been found harm when visiting this sort of tourist destination .

Good hearing the Aussie Lady is free and not harmed.

It is True Vietnam is Thanking Thailand for the flocking tourist that used to frequent Thailand but no longer.

What troubles me is the Aussie Bar Owner did not attempt to have one of his own released that same day of her arrest.Hew and his few Thai partners must be a real work of art....Does anyone know the name of this bar so others can be warned ????

His bar name needs posted across the web for this as Betty Bo ops is posted across the globe for its ill flavor of beating and robbery's that

stem from its exits

Fact does remain she did confess to her thief and she did break the law so please we cant point a finger towards the police,

but one would think it may of been handled in a better and far more speedy manner.

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I am not wonder my about this!

2006 i pay for a Bungalow in Bangtao Lagoon 1050 THB,and 2008 i pay for the same Bungalow 1830 THB.

I the Menu in Restaurant he want for fried rice 140 THB and for a small Chang 100 THB.

This are Phantasie-prices and only for shit on Tourists.

After i decide i dont coming back to Phuket, we have many other normal country for holliday!

Some years agoo in Italy happen the same,Tourists dont coming back for a decade!

It is not only the world economy crises,it is the-never have enough-and the lawless for foreigners

and the political crises ,Airport close and Birdflu etc.

Tourists want normal Thai-Prices,Tourists dont want pay more than in USA or Europe!

Thais understand nothing!

bye bye Thailand!

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I guess the views expressed in this post will contribute as the cherry on top of the cake. People do have a life beyond that of just a week or two of holidays. Consequently, they need to be assured that they will be able to return to it when the fun is over. Given the trumped-up charges pressed against Simon Burrows who was falsely accused of not possesing a valid UK passport followed by the ridiculous charges of being 'rude' after being denied his right to fly home, incarcerated against his will on false charges, unable to extend his visa whilst the charade played out, further fines levied for visa overstay (unable to leave the country as the BIB held his passport) and the loss of his job and home back in the UK as a result of Thailand's catastrophic lack of good judgement and sound judicial processes, red flags went up globally. To compound this monumental foot shooting by the Thais, they create an even bigger miscarriage of justice by falsely arresting and detaining an Aussie mother of four. Again, this involved mind-bogglingly stupid trumped up charges of 'night time theft' for an object that never left the premises. It can only be theft from an establishment if the item in question actually is transported away from the boundaries of the premises (it's not rocket science). All in all, those that do have a job during the biggest recession that the world has faced since pre WW2, will hardly be willing to face the risk of losing it due to dumb and dumber Thai government officials. Thailand has successfully made many aware that a visit to its shores could well play out like its adopted anthem - Hotel California. You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave!!! :D:D:)

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Not just Phuket. I am australian and live in Malaysia. I used to love going to Thailaind 3-4 times a year. But n ow unless I fly I get 15 day Visa at the land border. I take my golf clubs, or used to, and play.

Around Hua Hin 2000B or less for Thai..5000B for foreigner..Dragon Show at Suphan Buri 199 local 499 farang. Other prices are going beyond a joke and the actual dislike for farang is increasing.

I have managed to get a discount with one airline for my clubs and I reall guarantee my next trip in August is Vietnam.

At the moment I am in Australia arrived Monday and bar mat Wednesday. I CAN ASSURE everyone that the matter got and is still getting major coverage. Now a case involving a school teacher in Phuket in january is gathering speed.

I do not want to go back to Hua Hin and i loved going there.

You can only take so much.Trang the minivan 30B local and sit alongside Thai and pay 60. taxi drivers and others who openly say to you you have plenty of money.

Thailand would have to spend many million bath to combat the publicity, bad, they are getting here

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I havent read the whole thread so I may be just repeating anothers post.

I had dinner with Kurt (who is GM pf the Oriental in BKK). He gave me the current occupancy for 5 of the top hotels in BKK and they ranged from 18% to 28% including the one he manages. He called the current situation as the 'perfect storm' for Thai tourism. Clearly he was only referring to the high end.

Problems are not just restricted to Phuket. Cancellations are running at a very high rate and there is no end in sight to the current malaise.

Wake up.

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I havent read the whole thread so I may be just repeating anothers post.

I had dinner with Kurt (who is GM pf the Oriental in BKK). He gave me the current occupancy for 5 of the top hotels in BKK and they ranged from 18% to 28% including the one he manages. He called the current situation as the 'perfect storm' for Thai tourism. Clearly he was only referring to the high end.

Problems are not just restricted to Phuket. Cancellations are running at a very high rate and there is no end in sight to the current malaise.

Wake up.

Not surprising, given that the upper end of the hotel market generally sell rooms somewhere between $500-$1000 a night (OK, discounts usually available). The target population they seek have no shortage of alternatives, and are obviously choosing to take them.

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Of course there will be a drop in Tourism to Thailand. It would appear that the Government is not helping....ie.. increasing the prices of alcohol. tobacco etc and restricting the sale of alcohol in restaurants ..ie no booze between 2pm to 5pm. and closing at midnight..can anyone see any sense in doing that??? Same stupid regulations for shops/supermarkets. Another deterrant is the 2 price system...local and Farang..ie national parks entry fees. Phuket/Bangkok etc have been ripping off Tourists for so long, it is only a matter of time that people wake up to the excesses.

I stopped going to Phuket over 10 years ago due to getting sick of the exhorbitant prices.

Do a comparison...most Thai style bars/shops sell beer in Ranong for 25 Baht average...foreign run bars 40 Baht average. Accomodation from 100 upwards...a good motel style a/c room with Tv etc from 350-650 Baht. A large plate of rice and roast chicken with soup...25 Baht...same with Duck 35 baht, most Thai dishes 40 baht....who would want to go to Phuket???

Wake up Thailand and look after the tourists otherwise they will be lost forever.

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Not surprising, given that the upper end of the hotel market generally sell rooms somewhere between $500-$1000 a night (OK, discounts usually available). The target population they seek have no shortage of alternatives, and are obviously choosing to take them.

I think there is a lot of truth in that although I would put it differently.

Thailand was once considered an exotic location even by the rich an famous - now it is thought of as Asia's Costa del Sol.

I think your prices are a little high (by 50%) and the best hotels here are excellent value on an international basis but, I guess, but the clientele has changed.

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Interesting that they think Australians will come in numbers.

No way, not after all the negativity this week and I bet more to come this weekend.

Bali is back in vogue for Aussies, Thailand has been knock down and is now on the mat and will struggle to recover in the eyes of Australian couples and family tourists

Great!

Best news I've heard all week. Thanks.

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I stopped going to Phuket over 10 years ago due to getting sick of the exhorbitant prices.

Do a comparison...most Thai style bars/shops sell beer in Ranong for 25 Baht average...foreign run bars 40 Baht average. Accomodation from 100 upwards...a good motel style a/c room with Tv etc from 350-650 Baht. A large plate of rice and roast chicken with soup...25 Baht...same with Duck 35 baht, most Thai dishes 40 baht....who would want to go to Phuket???

I would pay almost any price to leave Ranong !!

As to those prices.. All the food ones I can get the same kind of price in Patong.. Maybe 5 baht on the chicken and rice.. Accommodation room with jacuzzi 500 baht, nice hotel with pool and wifi, cable tv and daily maid.. 500 baht.. Cheaper room no TV but still pool 400 baht.. All in Patong.. Having seen what a 100 baht room gets you in ranong I would pay for the difference.

As to beer.. It seems Thai bars lose money on selling beer then ?? The wholesale on Heineken is more than 25 baht per bottle.

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