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8 minutes ago, jonwilly said:

Folk in the real world are not seeing this surge in Chinese tourists.

 

john

Or so they tell me.

Just stand outside the Duangtawan Hotel in C M and you'll see busloads of them.

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25 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

LOL. The man with the golden gun caused the ruin of "James Bond" island, The Beach ruined Phi Phi, Hangover pt 2 was complete BS.

You didn't mention Rambo 3 ( I've been to the temple he was repairing- it is near Lamphun, but they don't remember the movie being made there. Worth a visit. very nice temple on a hill beside the Temple of the Footprint ), or Rambo. Then there was that awful Nick Cage film, and at least one of Bruce Lee's films was made in Thailand. Also the last Ong Bak film was set in part down Phuket way, I believe. All of them would have been seen in western countries.

Here's 4 photos of the "Rambo temple" near Lamphun, for any that are interested. They were repairing the roof, so it had scaffolding up, just like in the film.

 

There is a road up, so don't have to climb the stairs.

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Be thankful the new China - Laos - Thailand train they are building doesn't stop here. I pity the cities that have stations. Great for those who can profit from them, a nightmare for everyone else.

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14 minutes ago, WinnieTheKhwai said:

 

Why would it be a nightmare compared to any other kind of tourism?    You honestly think Chinese people are doing something worse than Germans/Americans/Britons/etc. did to any place they visited in Thailand?

Of course they do.  They travel in groups of several hundred up to over 1000 at a time.  I was at a temple last year, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere with just a few small groups of quiet Thais and the odd farang around.  Suddenly like clockwork at 3:45pm, 50 buses pull in and Chinese start swarming the place like ants, shouting at each other and taking selfies.  It was obnoxious in the extreme and completely ruined the atmosphere at the temple.  

 

That is just one example.  I have never seen another nationality that travels in such large groups, with such a huge negative impact on where they are going.  

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10 minutes ago, YaiJung said:

Of course they do.  They travel in groups of several hundred up to over 1000 at a time.  I was at a temple last year, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere with just a few small groups of quiet Thais and the odd farang around.  Suddenly like clockwork at 3:45pm, 50 buses pull in and Chinese start swarming the place like ants, shouting at each other and taking selfies.  It was obnoxious in the extreme and completely ruined the atmosphere at the temple.  

 

That is just one example.  I have never seen another nationality that travels in such large groups, with such a huge negative impact on where they are going.  

 

You missed the part where they gob everywhere...

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3 hours ago, dcnx said:

Be thankful the new China - Laos - Thailand train they are building doesn't stop here. I pity the cities that have stations. Great for those who can profit from them, a nightmare for everyone else.

 

It's currently planned as a medium-speed freight-line, with only domestic (within Thailand) passengers-services, FWIW.

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Ask anyone travelling around the globe, all the tourist traps are swarming with Chinese tourists, it's normal.

I saw a blogger complaining about all the Chinese tourists at a hot spring visit in Iceland just today.

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On 6/6/2017 at 3:17 PM, phantomfiddler said:

Yes there are hordes of Chinese tourists here, but they get dragged around Pattaya Bay under their parachutes, get led to some huge Chinese run restaurant, and then they go back to China and reminisce. The Indian tourists are here to take over, just as they do everywhere else.

I hope not LOL

 

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I like the comment on the boxing flyers "real gambling available" and "no fake". The boxers are told not to hurt each other as its their income stream. Maybe there's some big fights where its full tilt.... but not often.

 

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1 hour ago, WinnieTheKhwai said:


Note the pricing: 

 

And note the cool commission money to be had by taking people there..  If you get a bus in with 30 people with ringside seats then you've made 15,000 Baht for yourself in half an evening. (After also making commission on dinner, and whatever daytime activities.  Is anyone getting convinced yet of the completely insane yet easy money that's on the table and up for grabs every day in Chiang Mai with local tourism FINALLY in an actual swing?  

 

 

 

Chinese tourists are rich nowadays so Thai people are cashing in on this. How many Farangs are willing to pay this type of money. That's why the stadium's signboard has changed to Chinese characters to reflect this.

 

There is a smaller boxing stadium along Loi Kroh road, anyone knows what's their admission price compared to this boxing stadium near Mercure hotel?

 

By the way, where did you manage to take a photo of the commission letter?

 

 

 

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On 9/6/2560 at 4:04 PM, DaddyWarbucks said:

For the Americans it wasn't a movie... it was a bloody war that made them desperate for some R&R.

Spot on, Daddy.

Those were the days when the  Warbucks were really flowing into Thailand.

It wasn't only the GIs coming in on R&R, hundreds of thousands were also stationed here over the years at bases like U-tapao; Takhli; Udorn Thani; Ubon Ratchathani and Sattahip to name just the bigger ones.

They changed this country in fundamental - and often deplorable - ways long before the anonymous hordes of Chinese tourists ever arrived.

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