hansgruber

Patong is dead.

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I rarely venture down to Patong but my son wanted to go bowling at Jungceylon.

What amazed me is that Jungceylon was so quiet, I mean low season quiet which is unusual for January and a Saturday. Only one other bowling lane taken the whole time we bowled 4 games. No people around at all and the lack of traffic getting in and out of Patong was great.

It's easily the quietest high season I've ever seen.

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Even the TAT shouldn't be able to deny that tourism is down. Economical situation in Europe, Euro depreciating a lot, no more Russians. They're all complaining: taxi drivers, tour operators, you name it. Places where a room was hard to find last high season, you can have your pick now.

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The Russians are broke. As are the Americans, the Brits, the Chinese, and most everyone else. (Except for the Nordic nations).

Brits?...I’m not skint and neither are many of the quality Brit tourists I know that visit Lalaland. No Sir, I think there are many and varied reasons why folk are not going there...kop some of NKM’s sermons for the unfortunate low-down. Arh, the good old days... coffee1.gif

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if its a nice day there at the pool, beach or on a tour

why go to a shopping mall on a nice day?

BUT also i usually go on sundays an compared to last year the lines at the Big c checkout are much shorter this year

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I have not ventured in Jungceylon for a couple of years. It does not surprise me that you saw it as quiet. This new wave of charter flight/ bus tourist don't spend much other than at 7-11s. For sure, folks come in to look-see and window shop, much like Central's mall.

Not sure I agree about the traffic. I drive from Kata (10.30) and back (15.30) each day. Plenty plenty tourist type traffic, coaches, mini buses, packs of hire m/bikers with no idea, and the hire car folks driving slow and looking at the view. For sure the number of hire cars and bikes are way way up.

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I cycled up to Khao Lak today, and spoke at length with the lady owner of a restaurant that I regularly have a late breakfast at. Bottom line is that things are pretty dire there also, with very, very few people about, and those that are typically spend their time/money in the resorts they are staying, or are on tours (mainly Chinese).

I remember a few comments on a thread some time ago, saying that most of the Euros, particularly those from the Nordic countries, had deserted Phuket for Khao Lak. That doesn't appear to be the case.

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

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Even the TAT shouldn't be able to deny that tourism is down. Economical situation in Europe, Euro depreciating a lot, no more Russians. They're all complaining: taxi drivers, tour operators, you name it. Places where a room was hard to find last high season, you can have your pick now.

The complaint is hear is that the service charge that hotels workers get is down, nearly half of what they were getting in previous years.

if its a nice day there at the pool, beach or on a tour

why go to a shopping mall on a nice day?

BUT also i usually go on sundays an compared to last year the lines at the Big c checkout are much shorter this year

Can't play 10 pin on the sand unfortunately. I don't even like the game or the loud blaring music they play in there.

I have not ventured in Jungceylon for a couple of years. It does not surprise me that you saw it as quiet. This new wave of charter flight/ bus tourist don't spend much other than at 7-11s. For sure, folks come in to look-see and window shop, much like Central's mall.

Not sure I agree about the traffic. I drive from Kata (10.30) and back (15.30) each day. Plenty plenty tourist type traffic, coaches, mini buses, packs of hire m/bikers with no idea, and the hire car folks driving slow and looking at the view. For sure the number of hire cars and bikes are way way up.

I mean the traffic as you enter and exit Patong. The Karon Rd with the drain construction is painful.

Parking there today was amazing, no looking for a spot down the big c end.

Leaving is normally a nightmare on the 3rd road on the weekends but I got out of JungCeylon and on the hill to Karon in 5 mins.

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.

I know you like to cycle, but that is way way extreme. My apologies to members - going way off topic.

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I don't even like the game or the loud blaring music they play in there.




Better of going to Big C.

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Patong is really dead. Fascinating is wifes volume of sales in her shop is in december/ january only on the same level like in august/ september. First time in 17 years.

I came back from KUL this week and first time ever i had big sympathy with the immigration guys. Unbelievable with what kind of people they have to handle.

It looks like welfare planes landed here on Phuket. Not one in my row had his immigration card ready.

Sad no fast lane was available in this afternoon.

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I guess that while resorts still have reasonable occupancy, it's the peripheral traders such as shops, restaurants and bars are the ones really suffering. That said, the places that I go to, and which have always had their act together for quality and importantly pricing, are still doing ok.

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Hans, you have now seen what I have been seeing, for some time.

As a result I what I have been seeing, I have posted, accordingly.

Now that you have seen for yourself, you are posting the same.

It's not "Phuket bashing." It's real time observations, and comparisons.

We can debate the reasons, but the fact is, there just aren't as many tourists on phuket spending up on their holiday, in the the way they did before.

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.

I know you like to cycle, but that is way way extreme. My apologies to members - going way off topic.

Makes my butt sore just thinking about it.

I get around the island a reasonable amount (except the core tourist areas) and it's the same story everywhere. Places I stop for a coffe or water are quieter now than I recall last June through November. An example is a coffee shop near the Aquarium on Cape Panwa. A few months ago, always a healthy number of customers mid morning, now it's invariably dead.

Even the bus loads of Chinese tourists at Laem Promthep isn't as much as 'normal'.

I ride a few times a week through Rawai, typically near midday. Certainly the restaurants and bars along the beachfront are deserted. Maybe there's an improvement in the evening?

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.
Not bad taking into account the weather! Do you strava your rides?

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.
Not bad taking into account the weather! Do you strava your rides?

Yes. I'm in both the Strava Thailand, and Phuket Cycling clubs. Not hard to work out who I am from my TV name.

Heat is the killer, so for a long ride you need to start very early. Last week I did a 300 km up tp Bang Riang north of Phang Nga. Over 10 hours riding, and left home just before 4 a.m.

Apologies for getting off topic, however the point I was making in my original post in this thread, is that the numbers decline isn't solely happening in Patong.

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.


Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.

Do you go it alone or is it a group ride?

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The traffic North East of Phuket has increased significantly over the past few years. Earlier there was a car every now and then between Bang Rong and the two lady monument. Now there seems to be a constant traffic flow.

Ao Por pier, where the boats leave to the Phanga Bay canoe trips, is packed with vans and tourists every day.

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Pag, you cycle to Khao Lak. I am truly impressed. How long does that take.

Actual riding time there and back (201 km) was 6.5 hours, at an average of 30.4 km/hour.
Not bad taking into account the weather! Do you strava your rides?

Yes. I'm in both the Strava Thailand, and Phuket Cycling clubs. Not hard to work out who I am from my TV name.

Heat is the killer, so for a long ride you need to start very early. Last week I did a 300 km up tp Bang Riang north of Phang Nga. Over 10 hours riding, and left home just before 4 a.m.

Apologies for getting off topic, however the point I was making in my original post in this thread, is that the numbers decline isn't solely happening in Patong.

"however the point I was making in my original post in this thread, is that the numbers decline isn't solely happening in Patong." - at least the roads will be safer for your rides. :)

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