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Chiang Mai to curb on 'extortive' Karaoke Bars

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Chiang Mai To Curb On 'Extortive' Karaoke Bars
By Khaosod Online

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CHIANG MAI: -- Chiang Mai Governor Thanin Suphasaen said that the authorities and other related organisations are planning to curb on overpriced services within the Province.

Mr. Thanin said he had been receiving complaints against seven restaurants and karaoke bars, but it is generally understood that patrons who visit the streetside bars in Chiang Mai are often charged extorted prices for their drinks and bar companions.

The Chiang Mai provincial authority has also had a meeting and agreed to propose guidelines which would prohibit nightlife establishments from overcharging their customers.

If they fail to do so, legal prosecutions would be applied, under both criminal and administrative laws.

Police force also regularly patrol the sites and and encourage business owners to follow the new guidelines.

Chiang Mai Governor said he would instruct the Revenue Department in the Northern region to check the business performances of the 7 establishments which were the sources of many complaints, in order to oversee their performance, and advise them on revenue tax system.

According to Mr. Thanin, the authority will compile monthly reports regarding the performance of the venues, starting from 30 September onwards.

Source: http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNNE1EQXlNelEzTnc9PQ==

-- KHAOSOD English 2013-09-25

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This is a little confusing.. I thought the main issue was with the flashier establishments such as those on Chang Klan and Chiang Mai Land.

The place pictured (and also referred to in the text as 'street side bars') does not seem to be a category that's particularly likely to be a scam place. I visit those on occasion and they tend to be very reasonably priced, with mostly Thai clientele.

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Never go to these places unless you want to spend 10000 thb for 2 small drinks. Oh sorry after alcohol tax went up 2 weeks ago it might be 15000 thb

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don't all the bars charge double and triple the price of a beer than you could buy at say Tesco. I don't go to bars as a rule maybe 3 times per year when friends come over. Much cheaper and safer to do your drinking at home. I guess as more and more tourists come to Chiangmai to avoid places like Pattaya and Phuket then the scams and criminal element will follow them.

Nothing wrong with that; happens all over the world.

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don't all the bars charge double and triple the price of a beer than you could buy at say Tesco. I don't go to bars as a rule maybe 3 times per year when friends come over. Much cheaper and safer to do your drinking at home. I guess as more and more tourists come to Chiangmai to avoid places like Pattaya and Phuket then the scams and criminal element will follow them.

Nothing wrong with that; happens all over the world.

That s true because of the overheads a can of beer in Australia (Melb) will cost you around 75 baht from a bottle shop and in a hotel it costs around 110 baht. (Melbourne airport 240 baht)

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Do these places get any Falang customers ?I think they cater to Thai mainly ,and maybe some other Asians .

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This is a little confusing.. I thought the main issue was with the flashier establishments such as those on Chang Klan and Chiang Mai Land.

The place pictured (and also referred to in the text as 'street side bars') does not seem to be a category that's particularly likely to be a scam place. I visit those on occasion and they tend to be very reasonably priced, with mostly Thai clientele.

Especially as it states quite clearly over the bar pictured that three Leo beers cost 149 Baht....

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I think the price should be even higher when frequenting these places, with heavy taxation to fund the recovery ;)

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This is a little confusing.. I thought the main issue was with the flashier establishments such as those on Chang Klan and Chiang Mai Land.

The place pictured (and also referred to in the text as 'street side bars') does not seem to be a category that's particularly likely to be a scam place. I visit those on occasion and they tend to be very reasonably priced, with mostly Thai clientele.

Especially as it states quite clearly over the bar pictured that three Leo beers cost 149 Baht....

Which is a pretty good deal in my book.

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Never go to these places unless you want to spend 10000 thb for 2 small drinks. Oh sorry after alcohol tax went up 2 weeks ago it might be 15000 thb

?????? A bit negative, are we?

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mostly thais go there very few farang,so if there do something it will affect thais more farang

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I went to one of these establishments, during my first month in the country. Looked at the bill, they charge for things like turning the TV on to sing karaoke.

7500 baht for an hour of Karaoke. Not as bad as some of the horror stories I've heard, but at the time I was pretty upset about it.

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I've been in a total of 2 karaoke establishments in CNX in the 6 years I've been here. Both times it was with my wife & adopted son (he's 28 now). First time to Ten Karaoke where it was a total of about 5k for an hour in a private room for the three of us, plus 2 beers each. The 2nd time was at a restaurant that had once been a huge buffet with shops on the side. They had turned it into a full restaurant, all the shops had been removed and replaced with rooms with all glass fronts and sliding doors. You could reserve one, and have your dinner there as well. 4 people, 2 hours, only around 6k if I remember right.

From the things I've heard from others, the one area you really don't want to go is Chiang Mai Land. The husband of my wife's favorite cousin is a SnrSgtMajor with RTP, and even he has warned me not to go there.

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don't all the bars charge double and triple the price of a beer than you could buy at say Tesco. I don't go to bars as a rule maybe 3 times per year when friends come over. Much cheaper and safer to do your drinking at home. I guess as more and more tourists come to Chiangmai to avoid places like Pattaya and Phuket then the scams and criminal element will follow them.

Nothing wrong with that; happens all over the world.

It may well happen all over the World but that doesn't make it right. Murders happen all over the World too.

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Never go to these places unless you want to spend 10000 thb for 2 small drinks. Oh sorry after alcohol tax went up 2 weeks ago it might be 15000 thb

?????? A bit negative, are we?

I admire your restraint Stoli.

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Just looking at the place....no proper seating for big tood chang tourists..... why even stop there in the first place?

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In my experience sexy (and sometimes not-so sexy!) girls are employed by karaoke bars to use whatever charm they may have at their disposal to extract as much money as possible from the wallets of their (almost exclusively) male clientèle. The promise of sex is the carrot that sucks the money.- and more often than not it is a promise which is destined to be broken once the overpriced girlie drinks and garlands of flowers have been paid for. The ill-gotten gains are shared between the girls and the bar owner while the punters stagger home poorer and usually not much wiser.

Extortion with a 'legal' face.

Or am I missing something?

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Their are a couple close to Central Airport Plaza also. They just keep bringing that 100 baht bucket of ice.

Of course they work with the biggest mafia in Thailand the P*l*c*. So good luck. Or maybe the second biggest.

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My 24 year old son and his friend were kept hostage at a CM karaoke bar, by a gang with a gun and several knives. Their only crime was to have stepped inside the establishment and drank two beers each. When they wanted to leave, the bill was 10000 baht. They pleaded the whole night. In the morning one of them was let out to collect the cash. I had to bail them out.

It is pure criminality I tell you guys: NEVER attempt to get into a Karaoke bar in CM (or Phuket/Pattaya for what it's worth). Once you're in you turn into prey. It's Mafia with a capital M

I met a Japanese guy about 3 years back that this very same thing happened to. He said that he just wanted to check out the vibe in one of the places, had 2 glasses of whiskey and rejected all other offers for girls to sing to him, food, etc. When 2 girls came in and began singing to him, he got suspicious, got up and walked out and said that he wanted to close his tab, pay the bill and leave. They told him his tab was already 10,000 THB. He had 8K on him and 2 thugs escorted him to an ATM to get the balance. He said he thought they were "mobsters".

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