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

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Just do not visit these locations.

Further, if some store does not have proper prices on their goods. Tell them, you can't buy any item,

because you don't know how to make sure they tell you a proper price and do not want to cheat on you.

And how exactly do you tell the majority of these people who do not speak English or any other language that tourists speak??

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In my country Thais would be paying about 5,000 baht to visit the zoo.

And how much would the locals be charged. After all animals do have to be fed, housed and vetted.

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you have compleatly missed the point,just because you earn 10 times the amount a Thai earns dosen't make OK

its called rip off the farangs, its been going on for years and it should change

i have refused to go to waterfalls just because of this double pricingwell done to the tourists who did this clap2.gifclap2.gif

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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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.

Is that privately owned or by the Malaysian government

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Australia has dual pricing, residents of beach side suburbs get a parking sticker for free local parking at the beach. Tourists and visitors from other areas have to pay to come to the beach. In a way it makes sense as the ratepayers carry the cost of the mess that visitors make. It is the basis of the user pays system. I can understand why Thailand charges a different price for visitors.

But you do not realise , the parking fee does not go into the pocket of the collector. Throughout Thailand cash collections invariably get shared around. Recently i played an immigration officer a game of pool for a beer. I won so he pulled an enormous roll of 1000 bht notes out of his pocked, he was struggling to get his hands around. This really made me wonder, do they get paid so highly ?

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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.

But what you are seeing PETER is a lot different to Weeds, Rocks Plastic bags and Bottles. Usually something with a real history, carefully cherished and looked after.

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In my country Thais would be paying about 5,000 baht to visit the zoo.

...and it would cost them 50,000+ to get there......aahhh thumbsup.gif

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Australia has dual pricing, residents of beach side suburbs get a parking sticker for free local parking at the beach. Tourists and visitors from other areas have to pay to come to the beach. In a way it makes sense as the ratepayers carry the cost of the mess that visitors make. It is the basis of the user pays system. I can understand why Thailand charges a different price for visitors.

???

you really want to compare this with thailand?

In Australia everybody who not lives there will pay the same, but not foreigners pay 10 times more.

So you understand why Thailand charge 10 times more? Yes I also!

Because they think they can do it, because they are not educated to understand this is rasism and discrimitation.

And because the workers in the parks can make extra money, because no control who paid what.

Everybody who pays the prices in the parks suport a crime, discimination!

It s the same you are a shopping clothes who are produced with child work or you eat products, produced with slavery.

Yes i want to compare it to Australia to show that this type of policy is not just isolated to Thailand.

No it is not about racism. It is about taxpayers and ratepayer not having to support the costs of visitors. Visitors should pay more than locals; whether 10x is the appropriate amount or not is open for debate.

In a free market, people should be able to charge what the market can stand. With the proviso that price gouging in the times of economic turmoil is not acceptable.

It is pointed out that it is only the local rate payers who get this discount, If someone comes from interstate, they have to pay. So how can this be racism

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Living on Koh Samui, i have been to Khao Sok national park several times and to date have not had to pay anything. It is a beautiful well kept very large park.

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I don't pay, never have never will, don't even bother going now after sitting outside waiting for friends to come back a couple of times.

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This post certainly ranks right up there with my most favorite posts...the Malays are not intimidated by Thai corruption...and rightfully refused to be ripped off...if we could only get all tourists to balk at Thai parks insulting fees for foreigners...maybe...just maybe it would dawn on the Thais to correct this gross disparity...

Or...they could just start arresting tourists not willing to pay the higher fees and claim lese majesty or an article 44 infraction...place them in a Thai concentration camp...confiscate their belongs...and require their relatives to pay their fines before they can leave the country...seriously...is this where we are headed with this dictatorship?

Yes and Re ajustment for all !

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it is funny, since malaysia have also dual pricing,

Except Malaysia parks and attractions work very fairly around a residents card.. White, pink yellow or brown skinned people are defined as living there (discount) or international tourist (no discount).

To me this system seems pretty fair.

Aiming for treatment on a par with Thais for those who reside in Thailand seems to be the most we should aim at or could expect. However much you rail at dual pricing it is quite common around the world. The type of visa/extension most of us have does not give an auto right to stay here longer than 90 days so presumably it would have to be proof of tax registration (anyone residing here longer than 180 days) to signal qualification for equal treatment with locals.

Laughable that citizens coming from a nation that operates dual pricing should complain, but perhaps the level of multiplier is their real beef ... and ours!

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about time someone stood up to this double pricing bullshit. Do you want tourism or not?

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Australia has dual pricing, residents of beach side suburbs get a parking sticker for free local parking at the beach. Tourists and visitors from other areas have to pay to come to the beach. In a way it makes sense as the ratepayers carry the cost of the mess that visitors make. It is the basis of the user pays system. I can understand why Thailand charges a different price for visitors.

Sorry MarkEewan it is not just visitors paying 10 times the thai price, it is everyone with an alien look, be it a permanent resident, a tourist or else. I live here for more than 25 years, pay all due taxes, speak fluently (read as well) the language and I am still forced to pay the exorbitant difference. No, I am not a visitor, my family and my life is here.

Since the government is doing this in Parks, everbody else try to do the same malpractice, eg.: restaurants with menus in English at an inflated price and menus in thai at a lower one, taxis, museums, etc...

So far our only recourses are (1) continue to make noise about it, and (2) walk away and not pay the outrageous difference.

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