Bangkok Noi Canal: Beginner's Route

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    12 Apr 2019
    Clock 50min      Length3mi
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    Double Pricing

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    Okay, turn right at the T-junction ahead and keep going.

    So, we're getting close to the end of the tour here. While you're walking, I want to talk about something you may not have even noticed during your walk - double pricing.

    If you remember, the price of the forensics museum was 200 baht, while the price of the barge museum was 100 baht. However - those prices are only for foreigners. If you're Thai, the forensics museum is 80 baht, and the barge museum is 20 baht.

    On its surface, that policy seems blatantly racist, but it's actually a bit more nuanced than that.

    This issue is common in plenty of places other than Thailand, but it's very prevalent here due to the sheer number of tourists - as you may or may not know, Bangkok is consistently in the top 3 most-visited cities in the world.

    It continues to be a sensitive issue. When pressed, most places that do double pricing say they charge Thais less because they pay local taxes. Okay, that's fine, and many attractions in western countries charge higher entry fees to out-of-towners too - but what about foreigners who live here and pay taxes - people like me?

    I have a work permit, pay my taxes, put money into the economy, and speak Thai, but still get charged the farang price in many places. My Singaporean friend who visits gets the Thai price, but I don't - and this is when it starts to seem like a racist policy.

    Continue walking along the road.

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