Dual Pricing In Thailand

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It’s a topic that keeps popping up, and I get daily emails regarding the different venues that offer 2 different prices; a price for Thai’s, and a price for foreigners, with the price for foreigners being more expensive, obviously.

I’m pretty sure all of you have come across this at some stage, but what do we all make of it?

I visited one of Pattaya’s newest tourist attractions, Frost, over the weekend, and yes, you guessed it, dual pricing. In short, it was 600 Baht for non-Thai’s, and 350 Baht for Thai’s.

The place itself is pretty impressive; set over 30,000 Sq. meters, it is home to many hand carved sand and ice sculptures, and inside, temperatures get down to 10 degrees Celsius. Everything is made of ice, from the furniture, to the glasses holding your drink. If, like me, you’re not a fan of the cold, don’t worry, suitable clothing is provided.

Anyway, a middle aged foreigner, mid-thirties if I had to guess, and his Thai girlfriend were just in front of us in the queue. When confronted with the dual pricing, a bit of an argument broke out. It was pretty embarrassing to be honest, and ended with the couple walking away, with the guy refusing to pay.

I will admit, when I first came to Thailand, I didn’t agree, or understand the whole concept of the dual pricing. I hadn’t seen or heard of it before, and was totally new to me. However, I quickly changed my opinion and here’s just one of my reasons why.

We, as foreigners working in Thailand earn a much higher salary than the majority of Thai’s do. I have friends working in management positions here, for example. They have Thai managers working alongside them too, who have the same level education, doing exactly the same job, exactly the same hours of work, but for half as much salary. The reason, I’m still looking for it.

I know that many of you have different opinions on the matter, so let’s hear what you have to say.

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  • Yoshi

    Thai man arrive in Ferrari pay 350 Baht. Foreigner arrive on bus pay 600 Baht. Thai culture is all about today, there is no tomorrow.

  • Del *

    Dual pricing is illegal under Thai law apparently..?
    I went to Nong Nooch Gardens recently and was astounded at the massive price-hike, last year it was 250bht for Thais (or like me a farang with a Thai driving licence / work permit) and 500bht for other farangs, Now if you want to see both shows that used to be included in the price it’s 800bht for a Thai and a massive 1300bht for farangs, frankly it isn’t worth it for the shows. Admittedly its only 150bht for Thais and farangs with Thai ID to just walk through the gardens but 1300bht is ludicrous.
    BTW, ‘que’ is spelt ‘queue’.

    • Yoshi

      Forget the discrimination law, its washed out and replaced by a vague constitution to protect consumers.

  • Sly

    Here’s the explanation why a foreigner is getting paid more than an equivalent local counterpart. They are not equivalent.

  • deputydog

    AND THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NO TOURISTS FROM THE WEST IN THAILAND NOW..IF THAI MANAGERS ARE NOT GETTING THE SAME WAGE AS A FOREIGNERS WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF EXPERTISE. THEN THEY SHOULD TELL THERE EMPLOYER THEY WANT THE SAME STUCTURE OF PAY.. NOW IT COMES TO THEY GET FIRED. BUT IF ALL THAIS IN THIS POSITION STOOD TOGETHER. EITHER THE MANAGEMENT WOULD HAVE TO HIRE MORE FOREIGN AID AND PAY THE HIGH RATE. AND THEN HAVE THE PROBLEM OF COMMUNICATION GLITCHES. OR PAY THAI PEOPLE THE SAME AND THOSE GLITCHES WOULDNT BE THERE SIMPLES

    • Yoshi

      There’s only one reason why there are few foreigners from the west. The level of bang to the buck has dropped.

      P.S. Caps lock is center left.

  • Jimmy Goodwood

    It would be interesting if a movement could be started where every Farang business started to do duel pricing as well, but obviously with the Farang getting a nice discount from the listed price, and the Thai paying full rate. Probably never happen, but would be an interesting concept.

    • Luke

      good way to get your business firebombed or the owner might fall off hes balcony

  • Luke

    I think it is fair in some circumstances, its only right that a poor Thai family can visit the attraction with their Children as well as a much better off Tourist family

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  • Ken

    A few months ago my GF tried to book us a Bangkok hotel for 2 nights. I do not remember the exact prices, but she was quoted around 1500bt per night. Once they found out I was a Foreigner the quoted rate was increased by 1000bt.
    Of course we declined their kind offer and went to stay in a different hotel a few hundred metres away.
    Greed and stupidity. That is all it is.

  • Ken

    ”We, as foreigners working in Thailand earn a much higher salary than the majority of Thai’s do.”

    Everywhere in the world there are pay differentials, both between nations and within nations. How about the large and increasing number of wealthy Thais? Many of which earn more money than a lot of people would working in the West. Should they also pay the higher rate?
    Those on low pay could always look for different employment or work harder. Some may not have the ability to do that, but that is a simple fact of life, some people are more successful than others.

  • Ok now

    haha imagine the fun at a 711 or family mart if they did this ?? ….. ok water 7 baht a bottle for Thai but you are farang so you must pay 50 baht for same bottle of water ??…… you farang are all so rich !!!

  • Marcin

    The writer is wrong as are the people who try to rip us off .I’m not a walking bank if you want more money you can work more or you should have studied harder that’s it

  • kitadech

    do they have dual pricing in the Fils, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and other countires I DONT think so only here….to me racial discrimination