'Tourists Are Guests, Not Targets' Says Thai Foreign Minister
Posted 28 July 2012 - 06:09 AM
Chiang Mai/ Phuket/ Chon Buri/ Surat Thani/ Krabi/ Chiang Rai/ Rayong and more to come.
Measures should be in place to protect the safety of foreign tourists.
More cc cameras should be set up and extra BIB patrols at beach areas and tourist spots.
Mr Surapong was concerned about tourists being threatened and forced to pay large amounts of money to repair [none] damage to rented jet skies.
He ordered the BIB to look into it!............'That'll be the day.'
Mr Surapong said:
'These tourists are bringing lots of revenue to the country.
I would like to stress to all Thais that tourists are guests, not targets.'
Mr Surapong also has a problem with a certain Bangkok private hospital with an interior similar to a 5 star hotel.
He has been receiving complaints from Middle Eastern people about paying high charges.
Surely the Arab mega rich are not being ripped off too...
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:26 AM
So far in Thailand, I do not know about any major change during the last years, not for tourists, not for long-stay, not even for international married couples - basically the same during the last 10 years or so.
I see no improvements, but also nothing getting really worse... basically the same...
About dual pricing, I always said, it should be outlawed. Dual pricing does not fit to a modern state.
I wonder what Thai people would say, if they were charged more than locals in Western countries...
Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:17 AM
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:35 PM
I think these ministers like to make noise every so often so as to justify their jobs.
Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:00 PM
They would say "Kon Farang Nisaimedee"
But seriously Thai people and most foreigners are charged more in Western countries its just that western countries are a bit more subtle about it. For example if you arrive in London and buy a tube ticket to the next stop, they will charge you some insane amount. I can't remember exactly but its more than some people earn in a lifetime. Of course all the Londoners all have their travel cards, season tickets and pay a fraction of the price of their "fresh-off-the-boat" cousins.
Westerners just don't quite have the nerve to put up big signs saying "non-whites pay triple" but the principle is pretty much the same.
Jeez I'd better put some smileys here in case anyone doesn't appreciate my sense of humour :-) :-) :-)
Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:04 PM
Foreigners do pay more in the UK... For example, car insurance companies will nearly always affix a hefty additional premium for foreigners...
I can't think of any insurance company policy or anecdotal stories in Thailand where foreigners have to pay more to insure their vehicle, can you?
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