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You could switch Phuket for much nicer and quieter places of course, that have less inflated prices, cheaper hotels, nicer staff, no tuk-tuk drivers that rip you off and so on. And 70 Baht is not 2 £ it is not even 2 €.

70 baht comes down to 1.60 £. Besides there is quite a difference if you drink a beer in the UK in Brighton in the summer or in Central London that in the local pub in Newmarket.

Life sucks, but your money still goes a long way when you go upcountry or to one of the Southern Islands. Just take the boat from Satun to one of the real nice places. Cheap, clean and not too many white noses.

Yes, many have "switched Phuket" for a place "upcountry" - it's called Pattaya - maybe you have heard of it. They even have a public transport system there. :) :) :) :)

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I think the author is a little out of touch, the main guys struggling are the expats on minimum pensions or perhaps renting their homes in UK. The UK (esp. Wales) is a beautiful country and I will never dis. my country, I'm only here for the cheap beer and warm weather, if they had this in Wales I'd be on the next plane out. But he is way off on prices in UK, so perhaps he hasn't been back in all the years he's been here. I take my family over every year and we love it (summer time only though) but I live in the cheapest part of UK (south Wales valleys) and you cannot get a bottle of beer for less than 3 quid, that's 130-135bt, for a small beer, here in Udon I can still buy small beers for 45bt a little over a quid. Eating out in UK has stayed stagnant since I left in 2002, and prices definitely have risen here in Thailand, just look at Tesco food court, K.Kaen franchise when I 1st arrived all their meals were 30-35bt, now they're 55-60bt, cinema was 70bt (in Pattaya) then, now I pay 160bt here in Udon, more than 100% increase, so prices are rising. The pound is weak right now, but there are two sides to a coin, try telling this problem to the small british firms that export to Europe and have been able to increase more orders because of the weakened pound.

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I lived in samui ft or 6 years , used to visit phuket twice a year . phuket was always more expensive than samui which I found strange because its not really an island . it should be cheaper . last time I was there it more like 90b a beer in the popular bars .

I've been in Pattaya for last 5 years , my beers cost 50b / 70 or s large one , a good farang meal 150b .

I do miss island life , but there's 100-200℅ mark up on everything from the Mainland , which is ridiculous ...

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You say,who wants to holiday in England? The answer is,most of the world.It seems all of the world wants to visit England and no one wants to go back to their own country. England is a great place. When I tell people I am from england they always say the same thing,"You are lucky".

Even though we are ruled by a bunch of anti-british politicians (I mean Cameron,the Lib/Dem Con and the establishment)the indigenous people are sharp,modern and very intelligent. We are lucky to live in such a well organised country.Such a beautiful country,too.Could it be that people envy us!

Isn't England the place with never ending rain and grey skies? (At least it is in most movies :-)

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The financial problems of Europe will repeat themselves in Thailand , just wait and see when mouldy Thai rice cannot be sold to the International market

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It is not just Phuket which is becoming unaffordable.

During any of the "European School Holidays"....

In Koh Tao and Samui, rooms in a 2-3 star hotel cost the same as a 5 star hotel in Bangkok.

Even without currency devaluation/appreciation Thailand is getting a wee bit pricey.

In the course of a "normal" year, our family of 3 persons would stay for 72 - 75 days.

For the same budget as in 2010, 38 days costs the same - to us - in euro.

A huge percentage is due to the fall of the euro. (Hell I wish it would totally collapse). To help offset this we moved savings into US dollars since 2010. Most monthly surplus is immediately converted.

Our airfares have gone up by an actual 35% from then until now.

My daughter and wife used to come with nearly empty suitcases and then "Hit the shops" - it was part of their holiday and such a change to have polite and cheerful shop assistants. Now - shopping is cut to half.

Too many Russians and Indians in the hotels - so we have started renting apartments. Accidentally, this showed a major saving in accommodation costs and easily covers the cost of a car.

Sorry to take so long - but thought you may be interested that we costed similar holidays in the EU.

Yes, there is a fairly insignificant saving on airfares - and that is where the saving stops dead.

By Thai standards (room size, appointments, restaurant choice, pool etc) Europe is pretty second grade even third.

And in the EU, for lesser quality accommodation we could only afford about 26 days.

Even the periphery, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan are heftily priced to catch the northern Europeans fleeing

the gloom and pollution of their countries.

So let me reassure you - Thailand is STILL very good value - you'd have to drop to one star or camping in the EU for a much shorter period to match costs.

Happy Holidays.

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It always amazes me the people who knock the UK have either never been or have only visited London.

I lived in Cornwall for 30 years and it has some of the best coastline and beaches in the world then take a trip up to Scotland for it's magnificent ruggedness and beautiful it's Lochs.

Add the 1000's of years of history, not just a couple of hundred like a lot of countries and it knocks spots off most places.

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Maybe try somewhere else in Thailand if Phuket is too expensive?

a bottle of beer that costs 70 baht (just under £2)

Since when is £1.57 'just under' £2?

It's nearer 2 quid than 1

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Visiting Phuket ... for a holiday ... poor, rude, expensive service with not much more than a beach or two littered with rubbish and those seeking 'money for pleasure', excessively priced taxis, an incredible, fantastic (in the true meanings of those words) 'bus' 'service' ... who wants to go there? If you're wondering, I have lived there :P

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You say,who wants to holiday in England? The answer is,most of the world.It seems all of the world wants to visit England and no one wants to go back to their own country. England is a great place. When I tell people I am from england they always say the same thing,"You are lucky".

Even though we are ruled by a bunch of anti-british politicians (I mean Cameron,the Lib/Dem Con and the establishment)the indigenous people are sharp,modern and very intelligent. We are lucky to live in such a well organised country.Such a beautiful country,too.Could it be that people envy us!

It does pee with rain though.

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After reading the comments and posts I would only go forward to say this


1. Holidays are a luxury in a way simply because not everyone can afford to travel or even take a holiday, to a lot of people the cost of taking a holiday alone is to expensive
2. Complaining about a price of beer seems rather small considering the fact your going to spend anywhere from 400 usd to a 1000 usd or more to fly a country to take that holiday, / also if that price of beer is to expensive maybe its time to stop drinking beer period
3. Life is short and when on holiday the purpose is just to enjoy it and relax
4. Cheap prices never last and always change over time.

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precisely why i avoid Phuket like a plague. In Bangkok I can have a world class meal for 300 baht, be treated no differently than any of the other middle class Thais sitting next to me, with genuinely great food. After dinner, I can jump into an air conditioned cab, pay 70 baht for a ride halfway across town, and maybe even get a smile at the end of it. If I want the beach, I can go down to Sam Roi Yod or Baan Krut, where nobody hassles me, quotes me farcical prices for a tuk tuk ride, nor any other aggravation. It's a pity such a nice place became one of the world's biggest eyesores.

World class meal for 300 baht? - where ? what world are we talking? what comparisons have you had from "world class venues" to make such a ridiculous statement.

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Fully understand but I've never been a lover of resorts. I have lived in Mae Sariang in the Mae Hong Son district for a few years now but can understand the diminishing value for English tourists, as it also effects my monthly private pension payments. The Thai government should take time to think about the value of the Thai baht as they rely heavily on tourism from the west, which if they do nothing, will rapidly diminish.

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Isn't England the place with never ending rain and grey skies? (At least it is in most movies :-)

Yes, and the smog - don't forget the smog. And Jack the Ripper. He's always walking around the smog filled streets. biggrin.png

In my bucket list: Pendine sands in S. Wales

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- just like Phuket except, no tuk-tuks, no hassles, quiet, etc. Maybe like Phuket was 30 years ago.

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