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Chaos at the border as Malaysians continue to flood into Thailand

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Chaos at the border as Malaysians continue to flood into Thailand

 
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Image: Thairath
 
Malaysian tourists have been flooding into Thailand all week.
 
And this is despite the very weak state of the Malaysian currency, the ringgit.
 
Authorities at the Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla have had to bring in extra staff to cope as 10,000 people a day have been crossing over.
 
They have been then heading for Krabi, Trang, Surat Thani and Phuket to continue their holidays.
 
On Monday officials were scurrying to open extra booths and this has continued all week with delays for all travelers using the crossing.
 
They are now opening 14 booths to stamp passports.
 
For many years 100 baht was worth about ten ringgit but recently that has dropped to a little over eight ringgit.
 
Despite the near 20 per cent fall in the Malaysian currency visitors continue to flood in.
 
Source: Thairath
 
 
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For many years 100 baht was worth about ten ringgit but recently that has dropped to a little over eight ringgit.
 
Despite the near 20 per cent fall in the Malaysian currency visitors continue to flood in.
 

 

Is it just my poor understanding of currency exchange, but doesn't that mean the THB has deceased in value against the Ringgit? It looks like the Malaysians will now get 125THB for their 10 Ringgit. Maybe this could explain the sudden interest in Malaysians to travel to the southern provinces.

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Has the TAT been offering them incentives so they can get the numbers up as we approach year-end?

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Better quality tourists than the Chinese.... at least no zero dollar deals there...

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9 minutes ago, madmitch said:

Has the TAT been offering them incentives so they can get the numbers up as we approach year-end?

When it com to visitors LoS gets bigger floods than Noah.

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2 hours ago, Chang_paarp said:

 

Is it just my poor understanding of currency exchange, but doesn't that mean the THB has deceased in value against the Ringgit? It looks like the Malaysians will now get 125THB for their 10 Ringgit. Maybe this could explain the sudden interest in Malaysians to travel to the southern provinces.

"Is it just my poor understanding of currency exchange, but doesn't that mean the THB has deceased in value against the Ringgit?

I know that's a typo, but I think the Thai baht is still alive and kicking   :thumbsup:

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What a stupid article . WHY are there so many Malaysians coming ? Same climate , maybe even better beaches . They have cool mountains, so what is it ? Cheap hookers ? But I see children in the line up ...

 

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Wonder if TAT or Thai immigration actually have a calendar that shows Malaysian holidays.  Monday is a holiday in Malaysia.  Also many may be using up what is left of their company holiday time which can be up to 18 days a year.  Both organizations may wish to note this when planning marketing or staffing. 

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21 minutes ago, BuaBS said:

What a stupid article . WHY are there so many Malaysians coming ? Same climate , maybe even better beaches . They have cool mountains, so what is it ? Cheap hookers ? But I see children in the line up ...

 

No Muslim religious police for one thing.  Things are heating up in Malaysia between fundamentalist Muslims and the secular government.  The Muslims have been demanding that Sharia Law be applied nationwide, not just in certain provinces. There were just major demonstrations in KL that got nasty.

 

I would say it's very easy to understand why Malaysians would prefer to holiday in Thailand. 

 

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32 minutes ago, dddave said:

No Muslim religious police for one thing.  Things are heating up in Malaysia between fundamentalist Muslims and the secular government.  The Muslims have been demanding that Sharia Law be applied nationwide, not just in certain provinces. There were just major demonstrations in KL that got nasty.

 

I would say it's very easy to understand why Malaysians would prefer to holiday in Thailand. 

 

Not sure about that.  Thailand is close by with lots of entertainment, cheaper alcohol and north of the border Thailand has a vibrant, Chinese speaking community.  Many of the visitors are Malay Chinese.  Malay Chinese run the Malaysian Economy.  Pretty sure Sharia law would bring the country to a halt. 

 

For some reason, Singaporeans like Hat Yai as well.  Does TAT have an office there ?  You wonder if Thais really know what is going on in their own country.   Their lack of curiosity costs them.

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Wonder if TAT or Thai immigration actually have a calendar that shows Malaysian holidays.  Monday is a holiday in Malaysia.  Also many may be using up what is left of their company holiday time which can be up to 18 days a year.  Both organizations may wish to note this when planning marketing or staffing. 

Planning, planning...
:lol::lol::lol:

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No Muslim religious police for one thing.  Things are heating up in Malaysia between fundamentalist Muslims and the secular government.  The Muslims have been demanding that Sharia Law be applied nationwide, not just in certain provinces. There were just major demonstrations in KL that got nasty.

 

I would say it's very easy to understand why Malaysians would prefer to holiday in Thailand. 

 

Hmm, given that some 40% of the population of Malaysia are not Muslims, and some 49% are not ethnic Malays (indexmundi figures for 2016), then if the bearded merchants of peace get their way and Sharia is introduced nationally; the Thais will need a bit more than a few more passport stamping booths!

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2 hours ago, BuaBS said:

What a stupid article . WHY are there so many Malaysians coming ? Same climate , maybe even better beaches . They have cool mountains, so what is it ? Cheap hookers ? But I see children in the line up ...

 

How do you know the children don't want what the adults are looking for to? =)

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