Tickets To Thailand's National Parks To Be Sold By Convenience Store 7-11
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Posted 2012-09-04 10:42:06
Tickets to Thailand's National parks to be sold by Convenience Store 7-11
By Staff Reporter
BANGKOK: -- A huge change in the way that we, both Thais and foreign visitors, buy tickets for National parks is underway in Thailand, according to the Ministry responsible for their management.
Tickets, currently bought at the gate, will be available from 7/11 stores nationwide for all the 148 national parks around the nation, in a bid to reduce manpower and potential loss of revenue through losses.
The tickets, which may become available either on the Internet or through other electronic means later, will allow the Parks to manage the numbers visiting parks and historical sites and, in some cases, restrict them to ensure that they are kept in good repair.
Some Parks have reported an overage of visitors at different times which have had a negative effect on the pathways and facilities.
Full story: http://www.pattaya10...nce-store-7-11/
-- pattaya103.com 2012-09-04
Posted 2012-09-04 10:47:35
Hopefully someone will start an orchestrated campaign encouraging foreigners not to buy the tickets, until dual-pricing is abolished.
Posted 2012-09-04 10:52:38
until the double pricing is still on I have no reason to go to national park. In my country its the same price for everybody.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:09:08
Interesting bit about tickets eventually no longer being available at the gates. Guess that means there will be openings for 7-11 franchises at the park entrances.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:09:51
So the prices will go up and people who now work at the park gates will be laid off!!
Posted 2012-09-04 11:16:46
"potential loss of revenue through losses"
One can only guess. Losses, as in keeping the entrance fees to divvy up among the staff? Failing to charge the farang price when someone asks for the Thai price in Thai, and shows a driving license?
What a crock.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:18:38
I wonder what would happen if a farang rocks up to the park with a Thai's ticket?
also, I don't believe they would do this;
" in a bid to reduce manpower"
Take utilities bills for example. If they allowed you to pay your bill, no matter how late, at 7/11 they could close down the vast majority of their little centres around the country. So blindingly obvious, and people would pay their overdue bills sooner if they did not have to find time to schlepp to the middle of no where to pay the thing.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:24:24
Problem probably is the Thai staff keeping the money and not reporting it to the government. Showing a Thai drivers license and expecting to pay the Thai price is acceptable and normal practice. The higher tier prices are for "tourist" not farangs living here in Thailand and supporting Thai families and sick buffalos and Thai grandparents that have never been to a private hospital in their life, but now their granddaughter married a farang they can only be treated at a private hospital wouldn't be caught dead in the government hospital. So by showing a Thai drivers license or work permit we are allowed to pay the Thai price.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:25:20
It's not a bid to reduce manpower. It's a bid to reduce the stealing....
Posted 2012-09-04 11:26:36
I'd presume this change would mean one price for all visitors. I haven't been to a park in over 10 years due to the double pricing. It would be nice to take the kids, but not if Daddy has to pay even one satang more! My family and I frequently visited parks in the States and not once was I asked to pay more because my wife and daughter are not American.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:30:20
So I guess this means a 7/11 at the entrance each and every national park?
Well done CP Group on garnering another monopoly (will help make up for losing it's grip on cable TV I guess).
Posted 2012-09-04 11:42:59
I don't mind the dual pricing as it occurs in many other places around the world - Hawaii has pricing for locals, tourists, military, seniors - what I do object to is the increase in prices with nothing in the park changed, or cleaned.
Posted 2012-09-04 11:53:06
There is not any dual pricing to the government controlled sites such as national parks and government funded museums. The dual pricing in Hawaii is for hotel rooms, entertainment venues, ect. Not to national parks..
Posted 2012-09-04 11:56:04
No doubt the nice man at the gate will ask you for an extra 200 bht to let you in which will go straight in his pocket and no doubt the thai government could claim that the price increase has not affected thai numbers visiting parks
Posted 2012-09-04 12:27:28
It's a great idea........well done!!
Some of you guys need to get over yourselves, this announcement has greatly increased access to the ticketing, and the efficiency of getting the tickets. Big like......more of this please, it saves us from having to deal with shyster tour operators and the like.
Try to look for the positives for a change eh?
Posted 2012-09-04 12:32:48
ps........typical to see the hypocrites pouring out when the government announces a move that will reduce corruption.
Damned if you do......damned if you don't.
Posted 2012-09-04 12:38:28
Hanauma Bay has dual pricing for locals/visitors. It is free for local residents.
Posted 2012-09-04 12:59:24
Siam Paragon has dual pricing also. Full price for Thais and 5% discount for tourists. Outrageous. LOL.
Also, free for US, UK and other farangs to visit Thailand, but very costly for Thais to get a tourist visa to those countries. Dual pricing. Once again in favor of farangs.
When will we farangs get treated the same as Thais and be made to pay 5,000 baht for a visa to come here for a week's holiday? Don't they realise that we all want to be treated just like the Thais? LOL.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:04:28
There is no dual pricing all the receipts going to head office show only Thai Nationals enter the parks.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:04:57
There will be other ways for the park employees to extort money. Foreigners even those who pay taxes in Thailand will be told they need ten tickets instead of one to enter the park en additional costs will be levied on cars. The worst National park is Khao Yai, you easily pay there thousands of baht to enter as a foreigner. Dual pricing is a dumb thing but in Thailand it is infringing on the personal life of people and nobody who will do anything about it. The ultra nationalist yellow shirt movement must love it.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:08:47
Thailand is perfectly able to ask tourist to pay for a visa. The fact it doesn't probably means the authorities think it is in their interest to not charge. If you live here. then just like Thais visiting the UK, you have to pay for your visa.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:11:34
I also refuse to go anywhere, park or not if they charge me more than locals
Edited by givenall, 2012-09-04 13:13:08.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:13:24
Yes, that's ok for you,as your a tourist,but for the ex-pats who live here with thier Thai families
Many of whom also pay Tax, we think that duel pricing is unfair. This is what I believe is behind most of The people who you think are negative are complaining about.
Posted 2012-09-04 13:15:22
Correct....total and utter hypocrisy and we have people here howling at the moon for having to pay effectively pennies for accessing the National Parks.
You should be proud to pay, proud to know that you are contributing to maintaining these areas. This initiative will have the net effect of ensuring far more clarity as to the amount of money which is pouring in to the National park system.......and the one thing corrupt officials don't like is clarity.
It's also patently ridiculous on at least two to constantly moan about the Thais being given "discounted" rates to enter their National Parks..........
The first one being that Thai nationals tend to earn a lot less than we do.......and by percentage of income you will find that they are effectively paying the same as we are.
The second one being that the more Thais that get access to the parks the better......the better for the chances of a true environmental movement to take root in the country. That can only be beneficial for everyone.
In fact in the long term it would be better to make the parks free to the Thais and only charge so called farangs.
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