Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Bangsaphan general discussion and questions.
bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 10 Jan 2019 09:28

I have noticed that even a lot of the people that come every year are not here this season. What is the reason?
floods, exchange rate, many bad reviews on internet, I think a combo of all of them

User avatar
buksida
Moderator
Posts: 1644
Joined: 28 Nov 2006 16:28
Location: On the beach!
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 11 Jan 2019 09:43

Seems to be a lot of reasons including these:

Anti-farang military government
Constant visa crackdowns (tourists have to show money now and they're given a lot of grief if they want to extend)
Very strong baht, weak western currencies
Floods and storms
BS general negativity such as half the places always closed etc

Not sure genuine tourists would be put off by a few expats grumbling about the roads and trash on facebook, but I could be wrong!

I think money is the biggest problem though, Thailand is not cheap any more so even those that are coming never even go out, just hibernate in their bungalows for three weeks which is why you hardly see anyone about.

User avatar
Big Boy
Moderator
Posts: 1629
Joined: 13 Sep 2008 01:26
Location: UK

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by Big Boy » 11 Jan 2019 14:51

I'd agree, it has to be the exchange rate. Only yesterday did the realisation that 600 Baht was now £15 hit me. It's not that long ago it was £10.

Many people have done and enjoyed Thailand over the last 20 years, but one of the main pluses was value for money. Ignoring inflation, when your hard earned holiday cash is only worth 2/3rds of what it was, people will start looking elsewhere for their fun. It was nice while it lasted.
Green Army

migrant
Posts: 322
Joined: 27 Aug 2008 08:33

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by migrant » 12 Jan 2019 06:27

Like you said the experienced will probably tend to return but the perception that the media portrays, at least in the states, is the military based coup, and the storms. I get a lot of comments about these from clients in the states that don't know Thailand.

bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 12 Jan 2019 16:52

I do not think the trash on Facebook has a lot to do with it,but then I do not do Facebook
However if people read the BKK Post all the comments from people would scare anyone off

migrant
Posts: 322
Joined: 27 Aug 2008 08:33

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by migrant » 13 Jan 2019 05:53

I think the paper posts but also they heard there are now Texans here

bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 13 Jan 2019 15:49

that's the best thing to happen!

User avatar
buksida
Moderator
Posts: 1644
Joined: 28 Nov 2006 16:28
Location: On the beach!
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 14 Jan 2019 09:52

We did a beach clean today and noticed most beach resorts are empty again. Either that or the tourists are all hiding in some underground bunker we don't know about.

bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 14 Jan 2019 13:28

still is likely a better way to describe it than again. I do not believe they have been full all year or anywhere near

User avatar
buksida
Moderator
Posts: 1644
Joined: 28 Nov 2006 16:28
Location: On the beach!
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 15 Jan 2019 07:38

Very true, last time things were 'full' around here was about 4-5 years ago. Strangely coinciding with the dictatorship takeover.

Also there are about 5 times more bungalows now than there was 5 years ago, but with 5 times fewer people to stay in them.

User avatar
buksida
Moderator
Posts: 1644
Joined: 28 Nov 2006 16:28
Location: On the beach!
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 22 May 2019 07:55

Welcome to the low season - you will rarely see another farang these days. All resorts and bungalow outfits are empty, as are the remaining restaurants that are open, and the beach.

Domestic tourism seems to have picked up with all the new holidays but these tourists do not frequent local businesses, they prefer to picnic on the beach with their own supplies (and trash). TAT's 40 million Chinese also don't come here.

Perfect time to get away from it all and visit BS! It will be like this until mid-December.

bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 22 May 2019 17:18

AH yes my favorite time of the year, quite,no crowds anywhere, best time of the year to relax,go fishing, diving.
enjoy life in a much slower and peaceful atmosphere than Hua-hin

cjsiam
Posts: 25
Joined: 24 Sep 2017 21:07
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by cjsiam » 26 May 2019 05:02

So, I assume the various locals don't "move out" so...do you guys/gals get together and BBQ or meet at restaurants that are open? (are there any?)....Sounds pretty idyllic actually...give me 2 years....

bsb
Posts: 349
Joined: 24 Feb 2011 15:07

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 26 May 2019 08:25

yes we do ,Why not still open and Cusine as well as Sabai Sabai,Just a much as before just smaller groups and no tourists to speak of

User avatar
buksida
Moderator
Posts: 1644
Joined: 28 Nov 2006 16:28
Location: On the beach!
Contact:

Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 27 May 2019 14:53

Many have moved out, the number of full time expats here has decreased by at least 50% over the past 2-3 years. There have been very few replacing them and those that do move here are hermits.

At the moment there is only one dedicated bar in operation and three restaurants in the tourist area (I'm not including resorts).

The smaller groups do tend to stick together and there is enough to keep them occupied it seems!

Post Reply