THAILAND: Two-tiered pricing turns tourists off (double pricing)

This week netizens were hotly debating the two-tiered entry pricing system (one price for Thai nationals, another for foreigners) at national parks. The debate started after a Phuket man who has farang features complained about the practice on his Facebook page. His post went viral. The man, who has a Thai name, wanted to buy a Thai-rate price ticket for a visit to the national park in Krabi. But his farang appearance caused the problem. He was charged 200 baht instead of the 20 baht his Thai friends paid.

We have heard this complaint many times before.

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Arguably, such a practice, found mostly in state-run places like museums and national parks, is tantamount to a rip-off and just spoils the mood of the visitors. Those involved in the rip-offs try to avoid embarrassment by using Thai script to label the price, perhaps in the hope that tourists will not figure out that they are paying much more than locals. But such tactics obviously fail.

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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