Deadsville, Bangsaphan

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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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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

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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

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Re: Deadsville, Bangsaphan

Post by bsb » 13 Jan 2019 15:49

that's the best thing to happen!

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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.

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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

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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.

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