Double pricing or 50 percent discount?

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Dear Hillary,

I picked up one of those tourist magazines the other day and it had listings of good places to go for the tourists.  The interesting thing I noticed was the dual pricing which was plainly printed for the tourists to see that they were going to pay something like twice the price of the Thais.  I thought it was against the regulations to have dual pricing.  We certainly don’t have that in the UK.  What is the real situation?

Tim

Dear Tim,

I get embarrassed by this situation, but I can also understand why this arises.  The majority of Thai households do not have the spending power of the tourists, which is the basic reason behind the double pricing.  It would be much better if these attractions advertised one price, but offered a 50 percent reduction for Thai residents (and that would include the foreigners who live here).

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  • Dill Pickles

    Take the time out of 1 day to get a Thai drivers license if you intend to continue to spend time or live here. With your ducks in a row it can be done in a few hrs. if you start early. Also great form of I.D. & tells Thais you are committed to adapting to Thai culture & ways of life here whether or not you drive, & offers discounts on many other things. Then you pay the same as Thai at all attractions.