Tourist prices


Dear Hillary,

Thailand says it wants tourists, but it is shooting itself in the foot.  I picked up one of those tourist magazines the other day and it had listings of places to go for the tourists.  The (stupid) interesting thing 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.  Have you looked at this lately, Hillary?  I thought it was against Thai policy on equality to have dual pricing.  We certainly don’t have that in the UK.  What is the real situation?  Should we foreigners just refuse to pay, or what?


Dear Jack,

Double pricing is not something I agree with, but it is found in many countries, not just Thailand, my Petal.  The original concept was to make the attraction affordable for the Thai tourists, but charge more for the foreign tourists as they can afford higher prices, so they are subsidizing the Thai customers.  In countries like Thailand where there is a large difference between foreign tourists’ spending power and that of the local people, I can understand why double pricing exists.  However, instead of publicly doubling the Thai entrance price, it would be so much better to state one ‘standard’ (foreign) admission price, but offer a 50 percent reduction for Thais.  This idea of locals getting a 50 percent discount is more understandable for the tourists than doubling the price for the non-Thais.  Of course, there will always be the problem of resident ex-pats who will not be happy at being asked to pay foreign tourist prices.  For that group, some form of registration of the fact that they are living here such as a Thai driving license should be enough to convince the girl on the cashier’s desk, but it may take some sweet talking by a Thai partner.  Best of luck.

  • Rand Carter

    Jai yen yen Jack. Many things are unfair in every country. Is this such a BIG THING? Add up the pluses and minuses and I think you will find Thailand to be, overall, quite wonderful. I understand there is standard pricing for all people in Syria. Make sure you wear your body armor.

  • Having lived in Cairns Australia for several years
    we were subjected to Double Pricing..
    The town was flooded with Japanese Tourists,and
    most of the Hotels were Foreign owned.
    Permanent residents only had to show their I/D and received a discount.
    Here in Thailand I don’t like paying inflated prices but it’s a fact of life.If you don’t want to pay the price then don’t go or don’t buy it. You knew before you became an Expat that you would have to cough up and now you have a Retirement Visa why should you be excluded? (Front up every 90 days at no charge? Shouldn’t the falang paying for a 30 day extension get a discount? Not likely.) Take it on the chin, you are on a good thing here so stop whining.
    I once took 23 people from my Village to “Phnom Rueng” and the charge was 100 Bt for falang and
    20Bt for Locals. I had a talk with the attendant and explained that these people were just poor farmers and although they had lived all their lives
    in the District they could never spare the money to visit.
    we negociated the Fee down to 1 Farang and 5 Thais. I would have paid the 560 Bt but now I had axtra bhat to buy food. We all had a great day an I have been paid back threefold by the Kindness shown to me in Moo barn Meung Nua/

  • Chris

    Simple enough really if Farang stop going and paying the double (or sometimes a lot more) prices the attractions will shut down or reduce their prices. As they say in so many places here “up to you”