Hua Hin’s beach vendors have been told to stop fleecing tourists, allow people to sit down for a charge without having to buy food and display all their prices clearly.
These must be in Arabic numerals – a clear sign that Thai numbers are not allowed.
Thai numerals are sometimes used in Thailand in attempts to fool foreigners in dual pricing scams, notes Thaivisa.
Yesterday the Hua Hin district chief Thanon Phanpheephat and the local mayor met 22 vendors at city hall for a meeting.
This followed the furor the other week when a family posted online after being charged more than 2,000 baht for food after being told they could sit down for free.
Everyone agreed to the new rules as follows:
1. Vendors may charge patrons 30 baht for the whole day to sit down – there is no requirement to order food.
2. Fair and appropriate prices must be clearly posted on signboards. The menus must tally with the signs.
3. All prices and services must be clearly itemized in Arabic numerals only.
Fines of 10,000 baht have been mentioned for violators of the new rules.
Old rules now defunct stated that vendors could allow people to sit down for free, and then charge them for food and drink that they expected customers to pay.