High price to pay for mango dessert

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Getting their mango-and-sticky rice fix is getting more expensive for Pattaya residents, with prices climbing above 100 baht per kilogram for the out-of-season fruit.

Various street markets on May 14 were selling “namdokmai” and other popular varieties of mangoes from 40-100 baht per kilogram. With the growing season over, farmers have to use special soils, fertilizers and chemicals to meet demand, but quantities haven’t kept up, causing higher retail prices.

Don’t squeeze the mango.  Prices are up, but people still can’t live without their sweet mango on sticky rice covered in coconut milk dessert. Don’t squeeze the mango.  Prices are up, but people still can’t live without their sweet mango on sticky rice covered in coconut milk dessert.

Sticker shock is taking its toll, with many of the mangoes going bad, despite their scarcity. Hoping to not lose everything, dealers are whipping up more plates of sweet mango on sticky rice covered in coconut milk, a passion among Thais and favorite with many tourists.

Apaporn Munsri, 27, said she isn’t happy with the higher prices, but is still buying mangoes because she can’t go without her sweet dessert.

While the prices have had less impact on tourists on holiday budgets, Thais are cutting back. Vendors report many are buying smaller quantities.