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Displayed prices are for multiple nights. Check the site for price per night. I see hostels starting at 200b/day and hotels from 500b/day on agoda.


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  1. While I appreciate the reasoning I was turned off by the guys pissed off response. If he was going to respond like that I wasn't interested in staying there.
  2. They have boards outside the hotel on both Soi 15 and Soi Diana with this offer. I would think that if you are interested that an email to the hotel reminding them of this deal might pay dividends. I haven't bothered checking the internet rates and they may be different. As a matter of interest these signs and that pricing have been there for possible the last three years and was certainly there two weeks ago.
  3. Thanks for the updates as always. Starts my day with a "Oh My". Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  4. The other thing that I think is notable in Thailand at the moment is this. In years past the malls and clubs were full of a great range of European, American and Australasian punters. These have been exchanged for Indian, Korean, Chinese and some Russians. Some have not got the money and others come from places where prices for supermarket and mall products are as cheap or cheaper. This seems to me to be the crux of the problem. Exchanging good tourists (for the economy) for bad. The only place that I see many of them buy anything is the 7/11. I also believe that many of the Indian tourists are using Indian travel brokers in Thailand who arrange super cheap packages. I am also lead to believe that a lot of Chinese money for travel and accommodation never gets to Thailand. It all sounds like a recipe for disaster in what is a crucial part of the Thai economy. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  5. Yes I can see that conversation taking place. Just as real will be the girls who simply cannot make a living. They have the choice to go freelance, and this is already happening.. The other is to pack up and go home. The other thing that hit me this month in Pattaya is that the large shopping malls must also be doing a freeze. Perhaps the powers that be will take more notice of the big money guys than the entertainment industry. Whatever else, there needs to be some radical changes if the tourist industry is to survive. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  6. I was in Pattaya and fancied a change of accommodation. I found a place that suited me on one of the booking sites and the price was on budget. I then emailed the Canadian owner and asked him about actually pricing as his web site was dearer than the booking agent. He insisted that if I wanted the lowest price that I use Agoda and he was not lowering the price. It was more his attitude rather than the pricing issue but I never did go there. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  7. Not really sure whether to say thanks or not for the replies. My only issue is will eating yak testes and dear penises make me queer?
  8. I recently became the proud owner of a few boxes of Black Ant pills. I see these on sale all over Pattaya but it is years since I have tried them as they didn't do much for me. I haven't tried this latest lot and wonder if I could get some advice. I have done some reading on Google but its all a bit confusing. I also get the feeling that the formula may have changed and the active ingredient for Viagra etc, may now be included. Anyone here want to offer reviews of the product please?
  9. On the subject of joiner fees. I stayed in Bangla Road, Phuket ( Baan Sukhotai) and as was signing in at reception they told me to sign a document stating that I would pay 1000 baht joiner fee. I really had no option and security was tough. It was a major learning experience for me but I console myself with the fact that I will hopefully never pay another JF in Thailand. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  10. Great post and brings up the question. Its not the 'Tipping Point" rather than when are you going to change your spending habits and can you handle a holiday if you have to make some saving?. There are so many ways to change your spending without down grading your holiday but I accept for some it wont be easy. I have met people who refuse to eat Thai food. I love my condo living in Pattaya and it halved the cost of staying in a hotel. I could go on but I am sure that almost everyone could cut back if they truly wanted a Pattaya holiday. I am in such a good place that I hadnt even considered a tipping point although I admit I was horrified at the airport rates a week or so ago.
  11. Yogi and MLC. Thanks for your posts. They were both sensible, to the point and both hit a lot of nails on a lot of heads. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  12. Just read this on Pattaya news. Thailand- The Tourism Ministry of Thailand reported yesterday, June 20th, 2019, the following news in regards to tourism arrivals in Thailand and the news isn’t positive: -A total of a 1.03% drop in the total number of tourists year over year in May. -A total of 2.7 million tourists in May. -Spending of 135 billion baht, down 0.95% from the prior year. -Chinese tourists declined 8.55% year over year. -Total tourism dollars in May accounted for about 12% of the gross domestic product.
  13. You may be completely correct however when the Smartgate system started I doubt that anyone realised just how efficient it would become. The one step that has been dropped for some years in NZ is the stamping of passports. I would imagine that whatever else they will still want to bang that stamp and earn their baht. In the final analysis perhaps all they will achieve is to filter out some of the people on duals such as you have mentioned.
  14. It must be me but on arrival I used the priority lane (over seventy) and same on the way out. I was the only traveler who in the line on both way in and way out. The biometric info was completed on the way out in possibly 2 minutes. Ok, I realise that this is not typical but works well for me. I have no idea how the info will be used but my experience with Smart gate technology in New Zealand has been brilliant. Through in less than a minute and zero queuing. We can only hope that in the long run this will speed the process up. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  15. I have racked my brain and can't think of any reason why prices would not be shown. I guess that 99% of hotels etc are on Agoda and suchlike and they all manage to put prices on the rooms. Personally, nothing would get me anywhere near a place where I wasn't 100 % clear on the pricing structure. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  16. Neither sterling or the $US are typical currencies for reasons mentioned in the topic. To get a better perspective look at the Dollars for Australia and New Zealand. Both currencies have tanked by around 25% against the baht in recent years. This is not weakness in either country, more the appreciation of the baht against many currencies. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  17. I had a monthly plan but I ate up the data quickly. The one way to handle this (well as far as AIS goes) is that there are regular bolt on packages sent to my phone on almost a daily basis. I keep these and top up with what seems appropriate to my needs. all told in a month I spent an extra 100 baht using this method. As a side issue. During the month I downloaded the AIS app and then got it converted to English. There is a shit load of info on this app that I am just coming to grips with.
  18. Ok I give in. Empress is at the top of Soi 1. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  19. Good plan and one that I usually recommend. Take a look at Soi Diana as there are 3 good hotels but a ten minute walk gets you to Soi 10 which is all hotels and of a decent class. (except for the Sawadee!). Soi Honey has a couple of decent places now and slap bang in the middle of the area is the Base. By the way. At the top of Soi 2 are 2 music bars next to each other and they both have bands trying to outdo the other. To add to the mayhem another band was playing flat out across the road at the Big C mall. Don't write the area around Soi 2 off as there are a heap of bars in the vicinity including Drinking Street. Finally, there are 2 quality places on Second and 2. Siam Siam and Sabai Empress. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  20. By no means am I saying that you are wrong. Working on the basis that it is 20 years since you have been in Pattaya I wonder if you are aware that this place now stretches from Soi Diana to Soi 15. That's a hell of a lot of construction since you were last in town.
  21. My guess is that the Areca will still have their 990 baht special running and this would be my pick based on the area that you want and what you want to pay.
  22. Thanks for the reply. For us oldies the Euro sign and the Sterling one looks similar.
  23. Just a couple of days ago I was in Pattaya. The rate was 39/40 and certainly not 35. Cherry picking the lowest rate do not make this the rate that you have to buy at. Airport /Travelex rates are not typical. In dozens of trips over many years I have never used one of these second tier exchanges. Typically they are about 10% less than say TT so why would I? Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  24. I have noted quite a few places with revised signage saying month in minimum however I would assume that like all else this would be a very flexible rule. Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
  25. Just adding to the topic. I took my lady to the top of the bar last night and she was delighted. I ran into a bunch of falang on the Soi afterwards but the 89 baht beer was over the top for them! I have to say that this is a great place to take a lady and in daylight might have the best photo opportunity for the worst cabling cockup in Pattaya. That's saying a lot! Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk
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