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Going Down: Businesses on Phuket’s famed Bangla Rd suffer as clientele dries up

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I think roughly 8 years ago the taxi mafia was not outragous. Then roughly 7 years ago all the taxi prices went from 20 to 200. At this point i promised myself i would never set foot on phuket again and i started telling the same to all my friends and basically anyone i.could find. Looks like i was not the only one.

Also i think flight prices from europe have increased the last couple of years.

I know my numbers are off bare with me

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There doesn't seem to be many people who have actually owned and run a business on Thai Visa, let alone this thread. I thought the aim of running a business was to make a profit, obviously most of you think otherwise.

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This is so sad. Remind me to shed a tear - the next time I peel an onion.

if you stick your tongue out while doing it,you never will.

sorry,couldn't resist.

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Even as we speak, prices are going up in Soi Cowboy. Yet, I hear the girls complaining that it is quiet. My personal response to the higher prices is to go less often.

When the mamasan tells me I have not been in much, I say too expensive now. I doubt she got my point.

I too vote with my feet. Things I use to routinely purchase, I now seldom if ever buy. Places I used to frequent regularly I now visit seldom. My barber for 7 year decided to raise her haircut prices by 50%. I was a regular customer until then. I now have a different barber who does a great job for a reasonable price. The restaurants I frequent have raised prices, but have not gouged. They have simply kept pace with inflation. I remain a loyal customer. In a way they all have done me a favor. I'm quite content. thumbsup.gif

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Even as we speak, prices are going up in Soi Cowboy. Yet, I hear the girls complaining that it is quiet. My personal response to the higher prices is to go less often.

When the mamasan tells me I have not been in much, I say too expensive now. I doubt she got my point.

you can thank the guy that has bought up many of the bars there and has turned them into rip off bars.

Locals know not to go into them but you can rip off an unsuspecting tourist at least once.

Same thing that happened in Patpong, the internet is out there. People will learn where to go and where not to go.

The problem is some of these operators are just buying up certain venues to launder their money and don't care what effect it has on the other businesses in the area.

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I thought that business on Bangla Rd. was all about going down.......whistling.gif

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Shame, bet the prices wont go down to try and get the tourists back in .

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A surfeit of disappointed nice girls out of Isaan will be returning home shortly, empty pocketed but nice as they all claim they are the nicest in Thailand where the people are "real".

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hmmm

One word springs to mind

Som-nam-na.

obviously the "lets double the price so we earn the same" did not work.....

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Thainess

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No wonder, if you know how much the rents are - landlords are totally insane and greedy to the bone.

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Not all the people share the same preference like loud music and liquor.

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1. got too greedy and priced yourselves out of the market, same happened in walking street Pattaya

2. as above - price fixing cartels not allowing bars to drop their prices as they want too using threats and intimidation

3. The Chinese don't do bars, they might walk around looking but spend FA

Greed is destroying these places and the same patterns can be seen in Bangkok and Pattaya, as western visitors decline you will typically see the same destructive business pratice of increasing prices instead of rescueing tourism and the bar scene with reduced realistic pricing, supermarkets 7/11 and familymart are a good guide and a silid stake in the ground - if they didn't exist this country would be in ruins

fair pricing and your business will boom again

Thais just don't get the market strategy of under-cutting the prices of competition, investing in advertising, providing top-notch customer service which advertises itself, a go for volume.

But then again, I've never seen five stores selling the same services pop up around one successful business all essentially selling the same thing at the same prices either in the West. What mindset thinks that diluting the market is going to be successful instead of standing out as unique. <head shake>

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Everywhere and everything has its time on earth and nothing lasts forever. This goes for Bangla td and its neighborhood also I guess. Had some great fun there back 2002 - 2003. Was back last year and to put it mildly - the thrill was gone. It could of course be me, but I doubt its only about me....

No beachchairs, jetskiscammers, taxi and tuktuk mafia and the general pricelevel down there doesnt draw people I guess.

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