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Time to put Phuket on show, no price gouging, Governor urges

Time to put Phuket on show, no price gouging, Governor urges

PHUKET: Phuket will be on show in the coming week as medical workers and volunteers start to arrive unde the government-subsidised domestic tourism campaign, so be nice hosts, welcome tourists and do not take advantage of them was the strong message delivered by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew this morning (July 29).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 29 July 2020, 05:28PM

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew speakign during his video address this morning (July 29). Screenshot: PR Phuket

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew speakign during his video address this morning (July 29). Screenshot: PR Phuket

In his new “Phuket Governor daily report to the people” video, Governor Narong today said, “This is a chance for us to show Phuket to people. Please do not look at them as potential victims. They are Thai, they are our neighbours and friends. Please put your rates down, do not overcharge for food, services, boat rides and taxis.

“Do not take advantage of them. Be a nice host. You know they can choose other provinces to travel to. Please take care of them well, if we welcome them well enough, they will share their experiences and provide good feedback with their friends. This is a way to have more tourists visit Phuket,” he added.

“Also, this will provide a good image for foreign tourists to see how Phuket people treat Thai tourists. If foreign tourists are impressed by this, they will come back again,” Governor Narong stressed.

Phuket Tourism Council President Sarayut Mallam, joining the Governor on his video address, agreed.

“Medical staff travelling to Phuket is a good opportunity to promote Phuket. They can show other people that Phuket is a safe place to come to and a place to explore their experiences enjoying fresh seafood and Phuket’s culinary heritage as a Unesco City of Gastronomy,” he added.

“We expect 50,000 medical staff from throughout the country to visit Phuket, but it is difficult to estimate how many other Thais might be coming,” Mr Sarayut said.


“The first group of medical workers are coming soon, with more coming in the coming weeks, please be nice and welcome them well,” he added.

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ematt | 01 August 2020 - 17:08:55

And who said anything about it being perfect. You act like you’ve never lived or worked in a developing country before. Did you think you were moving to Switzerland or something? Jeesh. Learn to relax. Enjoy life. Or... yes, go home.

ematt | 01 August 2020 - 17:00:20

Just for the record, I have not, nor would I ever, apologize for anything any Thai person has done. Why should I? It’s their country: They can do whatever they want. They certainly don’t need me or anyone else to apologize for them. 

Timothy | 31 July 2020 - 09:42:44

Lalala. please don't encourage the  apologists. Always the same comments. "Leave if you don't like it losers", or "Your bar-girl stole all your money you loser". or "Your pension isn't enough for Phuket go home". They seem to think all is perfect here. No improvement required. Headed in the right direction nobody complain. I see ematt's similar posts o...

Kurt | 31 July 2020 - 08:24:47

Phuket Governor, foreign people will not be impressed how Thai people are treated by Thai on Phuket. They just want to experience the same treatment.  Yes, I know I am dreaming, but that is what should happen. After all, Foreign people never can look behind that Thai 'dual payments wall'. Right?
On Phuket you have thai and foreign transport prices, foreign menu's, foreign prices. 

Kurt | 31 July 2020 - 07:16:09

@emat, your 'reminder' is far from to the point. A entertainment lady married with foreigner can move to his country and live there permanent. We call it emigration. Many times successful as ladies have international experience, are adaptable and speak english. Stop, unknown about foreigners financial positions, slapping senseless around on where they yes/no can live.  So silly.

LALALA | 30 July 2020 - 11:40:08 you have anything substantial to add to this article instead of your usual bla bla bla ? No you haven't, because you are already well adapted to the local living in LOS as it can be assumed from your post. Actually a problem what many expats have here, they simply lost the plot.

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 11:24:42

@Thorfinger, I have asked a thai friend how much he would have  to pay for the 'trip' you described . 20-30 THB! Match with to rip of foreigners 10 times the normal thai fees.  Lost Phuket, absolutely not suited for foreign tourists who like to enjoy a holiday.

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 11:01:00

@Thorfinger, you see that Governor's appeal meets many deaf Thai ears. This Tuk tuk driver, if clever, should have driven you 150 m for free, than give you his name and his telephone number for calling him when you have longer trips to make. He is just to dumb for that customer service/earning thinking. It is all .".NOW, THIS MOMENT". Greedy, no thinking.

ematt | 30 July 2020 - 10:53:33

Just a reminder to the chronically disgruntled, perpetually alienated, failure-to-adapt crowd posting here: There are still daily flights available out of the country, departing from Bangkok. Oh yeah, I forgot. That bargirl you married can't get a visa to your home country, and you couldn't afford to live there anyway. Sad.

LALALA | 30 July 2020 - 10:08:46

Where is the notorious Thai apologies fraction ? In their hiding spot ? No comments to this article ? Or can it be assumed that they ripping off foreigners as well ? 

ThorFinger | 30 July 2020 - 09:40:03

55 tuk tuk....i bought some household items at Big C and asked tuk tuk how much to go 150m down the road. Lol, 200 baht, minimum rate. I pushed a trolley instead. 

ThorFinger | 30 July 2020 - 09:37:31

Yep. Agree with both. I'm just closing up shop and hope to last out the worldwide stupidity.  

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 09:27:14

This strong delivered message of the Governor: "Time to Phuket on show, no price gouging", should have started to practice many years ago regarding Foreign tourists, who are just seen on Phuket as 2 holiday week walking wallets.  No 'feeling' towards foreigners at all.

Timothy | 30 July 2020 - 09:19:29

You can continue to rip off all foreigners as usual, but please do not rip off your fellow Thai's. Thank you. 

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 09:17:15

-- should be implemented for better, honest, scam free,  non corrupted foreign tourist treatments . Train Phuketians in that, open their money sucking eyes, and perhaps in 2 years time you get foreign tourists again. 

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 09:12:56

Indirect the Governor describes the differents of treatment between 'his thai brothers & sisters' and foreigners. While Phuket is 'starving' due to not having foreign tourists who keep Phuket alive,  as they lock down on arrivals, the admitting of supposed different treatment is 'transparant' astonishing. Actually all Governor's advises should be implemented for ...

JohnC | 30 July 2020 - 09:12:33

Foreigners MAY start coming back when you stop ripping them off. They are not going to be impressed that the governor has to tell Thais not to rip off other Thais. Says a lot about how mass tourism has effected locals. The all mighty $ is all that matters to far too many people here.

ericphuket | 30 July 2020 - 08:58:35

The biggest governor dreamer since a few we had. Don't rippoff your fellows but once the normal foreign tourists come back stsrt again business as usual, thats the message 

JSombra | 30 July 2020 - 03:21:31

This new governor is not off to a good start at all. Maybe someone should tell him 50k (good luck)  is roughly equivalent to one days arrivals. Thats not really going to help anyone here. 
And those under paid medical workers will have little  good to say about Phuket after their first tuktuk/taxi ride...even if they use official rates 

LALALA | 29 July 2020 - 20:49:36

.......Please do not look at them as potential victims. They are Thai, they are our neighbours and friends.....Ahh yes, and as soon international arrivals resume they can put the prices up to rip off the foreign tourists again... this is what the message clearly says... Foreign tourists stay away from LOS, you will get shafted, not that we didn't knew that before..didn't we. 


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