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Dual pricing. Fair or price gouging?

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Thailand’s dual pricing policy continues with, it seems, a completely random application of the system. In some places flashing your Work Permit might get you an exemption so you can pay local price but there is no consistency.

What are your experiences with dual pricing? Do you think it’s fair? If we’re receiving the same service, shouldn’t the price be the same? Here are some reactions from the Phuket Gazette Facebook page…

“It’s about 4 pound why moan your in a beautiful place yes it different price for Thai but when our wage is £100+a day and a Thai wage is 400 bhat a day can you see why price different” Dean

“One of many reasons that Thailand will never be a first world country. Infrastructure is 2nd world and improving but it’s the Thai mentality just can’t ever progress past 3rd world.” Muz

“Well. 6.00 US is still cheap. Thai’s get government assistance. Quit being a Cheap Charlie….. kinda kidding. It does take the magic away. Especially when you really get boned.” Mario

“National Parks management is government funded which means it comes from Thai taxpayers money (including expats who pay tax here). Subsidized entrance fees are rediculously low by international standards so it is quite fair to charge non residents a different price. Consider it as an environment tax tourists have to pay in return for exploiting Thailand natural environment. When I saw Similan Island flooded with thousands of Chinese tourists I think it is fair enough. Our narional parks cannot cope with that many tourists. In fact we need to start limiting daily visitors to national parks as well (especially the famous ones).” Kittas

“Double the price I can understand for foreigners. But this is just is just too much. Takes the piss a bit doesn’t it.” Gavin

“It’s out and out discrimination. Would not be tolerated in the west. Imagine the out cry if the roles were reversed and Thais charged 100 times more than a Westerner.” Bob

“It is like in Cuba….foreigner price and Local price. It is not correct for me. But i am free to decide to go or not. It could be better to offer for example 50% discount to local but keep a single price list.” Flavio

“It’s always been like this. At least for the last 13 years I have liver here. But if you show a work permit and driving license, in most places you will get charged the same as Thai people. Reason given. If you are a tourist from a different country you can afford to pay more. Seemingly Thai people are classed as a poorer nation.” Art

“Totally fair in my mind. Gives locals a chance to experience various sites that would otherwise be out of their reach.” Rod

Click below to have your say about the issue…

https://www.facebook.com/phuketgazette/posts/1648693528541802

 



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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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    seht1912

    March 23, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Charging higher prices for foreigners goes as far back as I can remember in Thailand. I protest by way of waiting outside the venue I am visiting with Thai friends or simply do not enter, I wonder how Thais would react if they were charged double what locals pay when visiting foreign countries. The government should legislate to make it illegal as you could bet your bottom dollar venues overcharging foreigners would not declare the surplus money in their tax returns.

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‘Fast and Furious 9’ to be partly filmed in southern Thailand, including Phuket

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The latest sequel of the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie franchise will partly be filmed in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani next month.

Yesterday Piya Petonji, the film’s production manager, met with Krabi Governor M.L. Kitibadee Prawit at the Krabi City Hall before the cast arrives and filming begins.

The filming will be from July 1-27 in locations around Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani. It is estimated the production will bring a 340 million baht benefit to Thailand and the local film industry.

'Fast and Furious 9' to be partly filmed in southern Thailand, including Phuket | News by The Thaiger

The Krabi Governor says this is a good opportunity for Thailand to present its beautiful nature, culture and history to the world through the film. There has been no announcement of when filming may be taking place around Phuket’s roads.

The Thaiger recommends the plot of the film as a race between a visa-run passenger van and a Chinese Tour Bus to the Malaysian border, with a feature muay thai face-off on Maya Bay beach between Vin Diesel and Leonardo DiCaprio (though the 45 year old might have to get some training in before returning to ‘The Beach’).

Here’s our Top Ten movies made around Phuket and Thailand.

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Leonardo in Phuket last year during a quick break

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Chiang Mai netizens outraged after porn movie released online

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Chiang Mai locals are sharing their outrage over a porn video shot in a local massage shop where the massage ends up in a lot more than just a happy ending. The clip is called “Thai VIP Massage” and is credited to ThaiSwinger.com.

Manager Online reports that netizens are calling for the police to investigate the adult movie shot in the northern city. The clip was filmed in various locations around the city.

The plot (we use the term loosely) shows foreign tourist goes into the Thai massage shop which is reported to be located near Loi Kroh Road. The man is greeted by a woman wearing traditional Lanna style clothing. She starts off with a traditional massage but her handiwork gets increasingly more sexual in nature and, well, you sort of know the rest of the ‘plot’.

Police say they are yet to receive an official complaint about the clip, which was shared on the Line App, but they have made some preliminary investigations (The Thaiger believes this may involve several detailed viewings of the clip).

Complaints about the ‘adult film’, say that the clip will sully the good reputation of Chiang Mai and Thai’s living in the north. They also complained that people viewing the clip may get the wrong impression about Thai massage.

The mock-moral outrage over the porn video appears contrary to Thai’s actual online viewing habits. The two most popular websites in Thailand are porn video sites, after Google, YouTube and Facebook, a long way ahead of local sites like Pantip.

SOURCE: Manager Online

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Malaysia’s Deputy PM sympathises with Azmin’s family over gay sex video scandal

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Malaysia’s Deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has expressed sympathy for the family of Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who has been linked to a sex video scandal.

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She said she rejected any practice of gutter politics as she had experienced it before.

“I reject ‘gutter politics’ because I have been through it and I sympathise with Azmin’s family,” she said when commenting on the confession by Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz that it was him in the sex video with, as he claimed, Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister.

In his online confession he alleged that Azmin was the other man in the video, but the minister has categorically denied the allegation. In several videos released since the first allegations, the faces of the two men are quite clearly identified.

The Malaysian deputy PM stressed that there was no place for dirty politics as all parties needed to focus on developing the country.

“We Malaysians have to think more about everything because we want to develop our country,” she told reporters after the Aidilfitri open house hosted by her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Meanwhile Anwar Ibrahim quashed rumours that his faction is behind a plot to topple Datuk Seri Azmin Ali by releasing video clips allegedly showing homosexual acts between his deputy and another party man.

The Port Dickson MP said there was no reason for him or his supporters to be involved in such a despicable act.

“There is already an attempt to slander one person and the reason why that happened cannot be justified by another slander.

“What’s the reason for us to do such a thing? Some say it was due to threat, what threat?” said Anwar, who is PKR president.

Anwar has been caught in several high profile allegations, court cases and imprisonment over alleged gay sex acts.

Anwar served as the Deputy PM of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998 and Finance Minister from 1991 to 1998 when he was a member of UMNO, the major party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. However, he was removed from his post by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (who is currently Malaysia’s PM) and jailed in April 1999.

His prosecution was criticised by human rights groups and several foreign governments, including the US, UK and Australia. Following his release in 2004, Anwar became the leading figure in the opposition and helped coalesce the opposition parties into the Pakatan Rakyat, which contested the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

Anwar began a five-year prison sentence in 2015, after a second sodomy conviction was upheld. Human rights groups again called the conviction politically motivated. However, he received a royal pardon from Sultan Muhammad V, and was released from prison on 16 May 2018.

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