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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.

They have thought heavily and it looks like they have responded as such. The THB was, I assume, artificially inflated, this was adversely the Thai export market hugely - think cars & rice season. Under pressure from within, we all know how much the they take into account the thoughts of toursits, they have reduced the value. As a side note, this has benfitted me greatly so the further down the better :)

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ive found the same as well in phuket

Samui is much much cheaper

we eat for 50 thai baht a meal ,most days ,beer averagely 60- 80 baht

cheaper at the supermarket

would never live again in the UK simply because its bloody cold and miserable

bring on 30 degrees anyday and ice in the beer

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UK people have a better value for their pounds if they just stick to Spain : the sun, the pretty girls, the cheap beverages & food

right ?

why fly so far when everything else become as expensive as your home country + expensive & long flight, the scams, the ripp-offs that start when you leave the airport

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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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sure does look nice in pictures ,but the reality is you get there its cold and theres a biting cold icy wind blowing in suddenly becomes not so nice .

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Aussie dollar still looking good , has only dropped 2 baht. from 32 to 30. six years ago it was only 25 baht .

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sure does look nice in pictures ,but the reality is you get there its cold and theres a biting cold icy wind blowing in suddenly becomes not so nice .

I think it's OK for about 2 or 3 weeks in the year. You just have to be lucky... biggrin.png

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Aussie dollar still looking good , has only dropped 2 baht. from 32 to 30. six years ago it was only 25 baht .

That's what I was thinking when I was reading the article.

Obviously the author is upset because his country's currency has dropped.

Not all currencies are dropping vs the baht.

But yes, things are more expensive than they used to be. (it's called inflation)

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Cant beat the Exchange Rate ..You win some you loose some . $AUD , is stronger than when I first came here ..much stronger .

I would suggest the UK friends Strike Phuket out ..and try some other parts of Thailand . I'm certain they will find some absolutely outstanding locations to visit ..Well away from the most expensive place in the whole of Thailand .

But , I still have a distant love for Phuket ..for it was the first location where I ever stayed in Thai for what was more than a holiday ..And although it certainly has its faults , it is also quite a big ilsland , avoid Patong ...and there is still some value out there . Naturally , wherever possible avoid Tuk - Tuks and Taxi's . There are plenty of alternatives to the type of Restaurants mentioned ..The key , always think in the Currency of which you are staying ..look for value for each Barht spent , and forget the exchange rate . Its really only fools who constantly convert ..Its pretty much irrelevant ..And who knows ?? At some point it may go the other way ..( But it will be a while ..dont hold your breath ).smile.png

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Aussie dollar still looking good , has only dropped 2 baht. from 32 to 30. six years ago it was only 25 baht .

Plus ...we could well anticipate a Stronger AUD $$ to the Barht .

Bring on September , that will give us some certainity .

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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

post-35489-0-89395500-1363941365.jpg

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

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Its Actually a Bit Scarey when you read the Facts about Phuket 30 years ago ...WOW ! ..

Does make one wonder .... What do the next 30 years have in Store ? ..

If the changes maintained current pace ..Its pretty frightening .

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I truly hope not! I remit my salary home to Aus every month so the lower the better for me :)

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I truly hope not! I remit my salary home to Aus every month so the lower the better for me smile.png

Well , I wish you well ...

But , Im certainly prepared to hedge the movement in the opposite direction . Particularly with the pretty much guaranteed demise of the Gillard government . The Barht is strong also however ..so we will have to wait an see , but uncertainty in Europe , and the removal of a poor Australian government with safe haven Status , Resource rich , higher interest rates ..

Difficult to see a fall ..Not good for exporters either ..tough on many fronts .

The " Remittance " needs to be in the other direction to hold good value . Which is my situation fortunately .

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I truly hope not! I remit my salary home to Aus every month so the lower the better for me smile.png

Well , I wish you well ...

But , Im certainly prepared to hedge the movement in the opposite direction . Particularly with the pretty much guaranteed demise of the Gillard government . The Barht is strong also however ..so we will have to wait an see , but uncertainty in Europe , and the removal of a poor Australian government with safe haven Status , Resource rich , higher interest rates ..

Difficult to see a fall ..Not good for exporters either ..tough on many fronts .

The " Remittance " needs to be in the other direction to hold good value . Which is my situation fortunately .

I agree with you totally, unfortunately, hence why I am living like a porper & sending every spare BAHT home now!

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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

post-35489-0-89395500-1363941365.jpg

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

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sure does look nice in pictures ,but the reality is you get there its cold and theres a biting cold icy wind blowing in suddenly becomes not so nice .

AND you are STILL IN WALES! whistling.gif

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Not sure why, but Phuket is fabulously overpriced. Most everything there costs more than anyplace in Thailand. Drinks, food, hotels, etc. I had to search for hours to find a reasonable room, on a recent trip. And it took days to find some restaurants that were reasonable. Same goes for Ao Nong Beach in Krabi. About the same prices for food, but hotels were a better deal. They may be pricing themselves out of the western market. Most of the tourists I saw there were Asian, or Russian. As they say in thailand, up to you. It is their choice if they want to kill their own market.

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