Dual-pricing in Thailand: Is it time to do away with the 'farang tax'?

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Re: Dual-pricing in Thailand: Is it time to do away with the 'farang tax'?

Post by StevePIraq » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:10 am

oakdale160 wrote:i think it is foolish to waste time and energy on this matter---- it all part of expat life, same in EVERY country in Asia and even in southern Europe.
Totally agree, we Farangs complain/discuss issues in Thailand that we do not agree with but all of our talk or actions will change nothing. We count for little here
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Post by oakdale160 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:33 am

Now I understand--my Thai lady friend has explained it to me--it is NOT that farang are asked to pay more--they pay the correct price, but Thai people are given a discount.

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Post by keepitfun » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:35 am

I was pleasantly surprised at the Kolkata zoo a few years ago. 25 Rupee entry fee (less than a dollar) for foreigners and locals alike. Mind you, I think 25 rupees was about the right price for the experience.

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Post by handdrummer » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:17 am

steveP--- i went to the night market, 3 yrs. ago, and never found a reason to go back. multiple stalls all selling the same junk that i neither needed or wanted. i always shop with my wife and she does the bargaining.

oakdale--- it's even worse in china. i was in the countryside and a man had a stall selling brass gongs. i played a few and chose one, paid his price, it was low and as i was walking away he started chasing after me, yelling and cursing saying i promised to buy 2 gongs. i kept walking and eventually he turned around and left me alone. at least in Mexico and Greece the vendors have a sense of humor and it's a social event. in asia it's rather mean spirited. maybe it's the times we live in. the whole world is in turmoil.

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Re: Dual-pricing in Thailand: Is it time to do away with the 'farang tax'?

Post by StevePIraq » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:59 am

oakdale160 wrote:Now I understand--my Thai lady friend has explained it to me--it is NOT that farang are asked to pay more--they pay the correct price, but Thai people are given a discount.
My wife has told me exactly the opposite, Farang can afford to pay more.
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Post by HHTel » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:54 pm

oakdale160 wrote:Now I understand--my Thai lady friend has explained it to me--it is NOT that farang are asked to pay more--they pay the correct price, but Thai people are given a discount.
Love it! Gave my wife a good laugh.

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Post by RCer » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:37 pm

Would you prefer all government subsidy was stopped? Most places would be shut down without it.

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Post by Spitfire » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:09 pm

I'm way beyond going to such ridiculous places.
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Post by HHTel » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:36 pm

Not ridiculous, just overly expensive.

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:47 pm

Unfortunately, it's when we're showing visitors around that the problem occurs for those of us who are resident here. Fortunately, my 'pink' ID (and a very persuasive wife) has kicked in for me a couple of times now; but it's hard trying to explain why they have to pay 5 or 10 times what I have to pay.
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Re: Dual-pricing in Thailand: Is it time to do away with the 'farang tax'?

Post by Bristolian » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:04 pm

If I'm planning ahead I take my work permit with me and usually there is no issue. Of course there are also unplanned occasions, spur of the moment decisions and if it's a national park or similar I will often pay the Farang price providing it's not stupidly outragious (10x). I somehow get the point that Thai prices are subsidised and parks etc need to gain cash for upkeep.

Where I draw the line is at privately owned attractions where I see dual pricing as pure profiteering.
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Post by oakdale160 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:09 am

I was ina market in China witha Chinese friend. I saw something I liked, did not speak but walked away and my Chinese friend bought it for me. She joined me and handed the bag to me. At this point the stall holder came from his stall and shouted abuse at her for cheating him .

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Post by redzonerocker » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:17 am

I bet some of you could peel an orange in your back pockets with a boxing glove on. :wink:
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Re: Dual-pricing in Thailand: Is it time to do away with the 'farang tax'?

Post by handdrummer » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:18 pm

maybe some can't afford to keep an orange in their back pockets and that's why they live in Thailand.

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