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National Park in Krabi refuses to stop fleecing tourists - authorities preparing for "double pricing" showdown today

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National Park in Krabi refuses to stop fleecing tourists - authorities preparing for "double pricing" showdown today

 

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KRABI: -- The chief of the national parks in Krabi has refused to bow to pressure from boat operators to halve entrance fees for foreign tourists.

 

He said that the fees are set by the ministry and can't be changed.

 

Now long tail and speedboat operators are threatening to blockade the park HQ in Krabi town as well as park entrances to demand action today.

 

Police and soldiers have been put on alert for trouble.

 

The decision not to change the fees came after pressure earlier this month from Ao Nang, Krabi operators. They said that charging tourists ten times the Thai rate was too much and had seen their trade threatened as tourists decided enough was enough and refused to go to the parks and be fleeced.

 

Adult non-Thai tourists pay 400 baht and children 200 while Thais pay 40 and 20 for children.

 

The operators wanted to see the fees halved to try to attract the lost tourists. They said their business was 60% down.

 

Many tourist attractions in Thailand practice "double pricing" but the reality is the fees demanded are often much more than double.

 

But far from giving in to the demands local park chief Sarayuth Tanthian ordered that his officers get tough with anyone not paying the full whack for tourists in their boats.

 

He ordered that any operators defying his demands should be reported and action would be taken later.

 

Thairath reported that one boat laden with tourists had refused to pay ten times the Thai rate for foreigners on their vessel yesterday.

 

Others reluctantly followed the regulations.

 

Meanwhile the boat operators have threatened action today, Wednesday, with planned protests and blockades of the park offices in Krabi town and entrances to national marine parks.

 

Chief Sarayuth said that police and military personnel were on alert for trouble though he said that the authorities will act within the law.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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Well at least the tourists and expats (also considered tourists) will have free front row seats as these greedy wotsits show themselves up on the international stage (again). 

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Great media attention for Thailand tourism. Thought by now the PM would have intervened!

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Never had this issue - I simply don't go. All foreigners should do likewise if they want to see 'farang price' stopped.

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This a lot more than just Krabi..it highlights the unpopular dual pricing system and shows how it is counterproductive. THis is NOT how you make money out of tourists, this is how you project Thailand and a niggardly, money-grabbing nation. The sooner they change the whole policy the better.

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Since common sense and logic, don't have a place in the Thai vocabulary then it makes no sense to change this rort, or any rort for that matter that charges locals less than a tourist.

 

You get ****** annoyed with this sh!t, when you come from a country that treats its tourists better than its locals. But as usual.. adjust & move on, cause TIT bros and sisters!!

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i think 99% of tourists don't know any different as to double triple quadruple pricing and think this is the normal entrance fees to these attractions,of course us "ex pats" know different, this needs international exposure, to let the world know about this disgusting rip off practice.hit this lot in the pocket, still i doubt they will listen until it is too late, "Thai know best" attitude

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Two tiered pricing by private enterprise (especially when using Thai script to hide the Thai prices) is despicable. This is different. Two-tiered pricing is set at all national parks in Thailand, and clearly posted in both English and Thai. I was told that the underlying rationale is that a flat fee to cover the cost of upkeep of the parks would raise the price of a ticket to a level where it would no longer be affordable for the average-income Thai family. Hence low prices for Thai, high prices for Tourists. There some logic to this...whether acceptable or not is a different matter and leave it to the forum to decide. Cheers.

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2 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Never had this issue - I simply don't go. All foreigners should do likewise if they want to see 'farang price' stopped.

Couldn't agree more with you. I stopped going to these, albeit most of them not so great places a long time ago. Many years ago the disparity between local and foreigner price was much smaller, remember like paying 50 Baht and my Thai wife 20 Baht. I couldn't care less, but 400 Baht or more than 10 Euros for a so la la attraction, definitely not worth it!

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11 minutes ago, rudidep said:

Two tiered pricing by private enterprise (especially when using Thai script to hide the Thai prices) is despicable. This is different. Two-tiered pricing is set at all national parks in Thailand, and clearly posted in both English and Thai. I was told that the underlying rationale is that a flat fee to cover the cost of upkeep of the parks would raise the price of a ticket to a level where it would no longer be affordable for the average-income Thai family. Hence low prices for Thai, high prices for Tourists. There some logic to this...whether acceptable or not is a different matter and leave it to the forum to decide. Cheers.

The other problem which has come to light is that the fee's disappear! Pii Pii Island being a good example.

 

I arrived at Khao Yai, Korat on a motorbike, with my ex, a Filipino lady, they demanded 800 + the bike fee. There was no way they knew she was not a Thai lady. I am sure there are two books of tickets, the reported and accounted for tickets and "black" income tickets. 

 

At the very least the country should find a way of discounting year long visa expats. Proof you have a marriage, retirement or work visa should allow local prices. But in fact and two tiered prices i feel is wrong.

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400 baht might be a good price if the attraction compares favourably with what tourists are used to in their home country.  It would be a good idea for an expat to visit them all and rate them.   I see the Thai rate more as a discount reflecting comparable wages.

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Morons only place I've been where tourist pay double or triple price even on haircuts at some places TIT

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3 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Never had this issue - I simply don't go. All foreigners should do likewise if they want to see 'farang price' stopped.

I'm not saying double pricing is right but really if you think about it, approximately 10 pounds, euros or dollars will not be considered an outrageous amount by a tourist to visit a marine park. Why should they spoil their holiday by missing out on the trip just to make a political point in a country where their voice will not be heard?

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As Khunano says, I too could probably live with Double for Tourists, for example 40 Baht to 20 Baht, but 10x is just disgraceful. I voted with my feet a long time ago.

I have also found, after many years here, that most places are a rip off at any price......Waterfalls with no water, National parks with jungle, or scrubland. no wildlife, or a few tame, miserable Elephants....No clean facilities, etc.....the list goes on, but I do not see any change soon....:saai:

 

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