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Some 50 Malaysian tourists refuse to pay park fee at Lipe island

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I would love to see other countries start a little reciprocity on this and start double charging Thais (or 10 times). Even if just done as a token gesture, the publicity would likely be very embarrassing and effective. with any luck that might be enough to make TAT take some long overdue action on this obscene practise.

The spineless politically correct countries of the West wouldn't have the balls! They would be up on charges of racism or human rights violations faster than you could blink.

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I just wonder where all that money goes? The National parks I've seen all have been dirty and filthy with plastic and bottles etc.

Oh...last read an article someone pocketing the money...so there where it goes...

IMHO the National parks should be free. The services and food in them would do the profit. Now they are badly managed and kept places mostly.

I don't know about you guys but I don't feel any need to go any of them after seeing a few of them.

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Most of the time I seriously complain and walk away (but obviously can't always walk away). But, the attendant just smiles - "Welcome to Thailand". Enough foreigners and social media to start a strong campaign against this bull.

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I actually don't mind paying a little more money for government, not-for-profit parks and such, BUT charging 10X more is absurd. Also, I don't think it's right when privately-owned, for-profit attractions charge foreigners more than the Thais.

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Hm, well

I earn 10 times the money a skilled Thai worker does. Cancelling double pricing could mean the Thais pay the same as foreigners, meaning a Thai family could never ever afford a visit to a National Park in their own country.

Maybe the reasons the Malays were that upset ist the fact, that their National Parks are freeof charge (visited one on Penang, just registration, so they can go after you in the case you got lst, but no pay booth at all)

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The spineless politically correct countries of the West wouldn't have the balls! They would be up on charges of racism or human rights violations faster than you could blink.

England is already talking about charging tourist entry fees into places that are free for an English citizen, They will start with the Museums,

"Despite an increase in the number of visitors, a slight fall in government funding has left the senior museum organisers thinking about charging overseas tourists, who make up two thirds of visitors." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298813/Cash-strapped-British-Museum-plans-new-entry-fee-foreign-tour-groups.html

** The report is from the DM 2 days ago so you will need a VPN to access (if you live in Thailand)

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so they get on a tour boat and pay for the trip, the boat takes them to the Island and find out they are required to pay another fee of 200 baht on top of what they already paid, good on them I'd have done the same as a matter of princpal, I wonder how that 200baht is divided up if someone is mug enough to pay it

It all ends up in pockets that are quite full already

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Oh my, the pot is calling the kettle black I see. For those whom don't know there are a double pricing system alive and well in Langkawi. At attractions like the Geo park and Under water world foreigners pay double that of the Malay citizens.

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Koh Lipe is hardly a National Park anymore. Not even when I visited there in 1999. It's a resort island these days! Lipe has been overdeveloped and still they have the cheek to ask for the National Park fee.

The greed is just appalling. Time to call in the A-team

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I totally understand dual pricing in countries where the median wage is far lower than the tourists visiting.

Museums, art galleries, national parks, and attractions cost a lot of money to run.

If the entrance fees were high enough to pay those costs, locals could never afford to visit their own national treasures. Heavy gov't subsidies would be required as most visitors to these sites are tourists not local.

Could you imagine an Egyptian family not being able to afford to see the pyramids up close or enter the Egyptian Museum to see the artifacts?

By the way, the antiquities admission prices in Egypt average 14 times more for foreigners.

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Of course, when ASEAN becomes a reality with free cross border travel each country will require that citizens of other ASEAN nations pay ten times the Thai national admission price? I think not.

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Good for them.

We should all do more of this when these attractions insist on the outrageous double pricing policy.

Double? Ten times, and imposed by the government to set an an example to all citizens that it is official policy to charge foreigners more so they can feel free do it too.

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