Dual Pricing In Thailand
If you come to Thailand on vacation you'll most definitely see Dual pricing in Thailand for well known places like the Kings Palace, Chiang Mai Zoo, National Stadium not to mention all the street hawkers and Taxi drivers that will do anything they can to inflate prices on Tourists. This might be rather acceptable if you are on holidays but when you live here and i mean actually live in Thailand then you can get quite annoyed at the price bias.
Most of the times the price differences are in big bold letters in front of temples, caves, the zoo, even most tours have double pricing though they are pretty much unknown.
Here is a list of dual pricing in Thailand:
- National parks normally have prices 10 times higher for foreigners.
- Chiang Mai zoo has it in plain view.
- Caves are normally the worst offenders for dual pricing, i've never seen a cave in Thailand that didn't work on this practice.
- Most tour companies will offer Thai customers prices of up to 80% off of what your paying. I know flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai does.
- Hot springs they really won't let you in.
- Even the nightlife in Thailand isn't immune, a huge number of nightclubs around Thailand will charge cover fees for foreigners from 100 - 300 baht per entry.
What you can do about Dual Pricing In Thailand
I've heard that if you get a Thai drivers license it can get you the Thai price for nearly everything. That can be a pain to get as well, but if you want to do something about dual pricing in Thailand then i suggest you just don't use the services of any national park, public attraction, tour, nightclub or otherwise but if you do that you won't have much left to do as the best places are those listed.
Why do they have Dual Pricing In Thailand
You might ask yourself what is the point of the dual pricing, are they really making that much more money of tourists that they can charge that much? Noone really knows why they have two prices but perhaps it's to say to Thai people "hey don't feel bad about the cost because farang have to pay twice as much!".
As you can see from the images above the price for foreginers is almost always at least double than what they charge for Thai people.