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Several years ago, most of my airport hotel guests were 'westerners', originating from Australia, Europe and the USA/Canada.
Posted by Simon Luttrell on August 14, 2013 17:42
You wanna know where to find the Chinese tourists???...Go to Big C on any given afternoon around 2pm or so...They're all over the place!
Posted by sky on August 14, 2013 17:54
Whilst I understand the meaning of Zero Baht tourists surely they are still welcome as they still pay hotels, stores which in most cases pay VAT and hire staff to service their business and also the airport Departure tax. Therefore they are not Zero Baht tourist but a different sector.
Posted by Fiesty Farang on August 14, 2013 18:29
On the road to Bangkok Hospital from Tesco coming, there is a big "all you can eat" meat buffet (cheap cheap). I was wondering why the big empty parking space. But not long. Near nightfall the buses turned up like out of nowhere and out jumped the loud and burpy chinese, crashing any line to the buffet. Once in a while you could even see little and not so little boys pee near the seating arrangements in a flower or so. The good thing, they are gone as fast as they came. It is like a all you can eat feeding time frency. After the buses gone (nobody paid directly btw), the place turns quiet, only for the service starting chattering with the leftover dishes. What a sweet music that was.
Posted by Lena on August 14, 2013 19:29
They're a strange lot, aren't they? But i guess if they want to spend their holiday choosing a new bed, or wandering like lost souls into the oncoming traffic EVERY time i get on my motorbike...its "up to them".
Posted by jimbo on August 14, 2013 19:48
They are rocking up in tour buses to buffets and day spas....Most of the time its hard to get a park.
Posted by Jaded on August 14, 2013 20:20
there was always a coachload or two at the aphrodite show whenever i pooed in for a beer.. also they flock to vanich plaza near the ELT language school offices behind the old phuket bus station to visit chinese imports shops for some strange reason..
Posted by another steve on August 14, 2013 21:37
Agree on this particular road, an amazing amount of industry has sprung up over the last year. This land, and I believe the businesses, are owned and operated by the Anuphas family, which of course is one of Phuket's 'influential' people.
Posted by Phil on August 14, 2013 21:44
The quality tourists phuket wants that never leave their 5 star resorts being the worlds greatest spectators unless your buisness is accomodation or a visual spectating show the smaller shop keeper or bar owner will see no benefit
Posted by slickmelb on August 15, 2013 00:23
They can be found in swarms at what once was one of a very few 'safe' monsoon-season swimming beaches: Laem Ka Beach in Rawai. They are not there to swim, however, but to board one of the dozens of speedboats that make frequent trips throughout the day back and forth to Coral Island.
Posted by Treelover on August 15, 2013 10:13
Most of 'cheap' Chinese tourists stay in the hotels in Phuket town. 'More expensive' slowly invade 4-5 star hotels like Hilton, Thavorns, Kata Thani, Laguna, etc., replacing Europeans and Russians (who also divided in two currents: huge and relatively 'cheap' staying in 2-4 star hotels along Western coast and 'luxury' preferring private villas and luxury hotels like Amanpuri, Trisara, The Shore, etc.). Huge amounts of Chinese also can be seen in Jung Ceylon and around (in Bangla too!).
Posted by Slava on August 15, 2013 11:56
Diving in the lee of Racha Yai last week, there were at least 8+ speedboats with Chinese tourists. They jump into the sea with their lifejackets on & then huddle in groups.
Posted by Logic on August 15, 2013 12:01
It was my misfortune to fly back from Singapore to Phuket 2 weeks ago, to be seated amongst a group of Chinese tourists.
Posted by Stuart on August 15, 2013 12:26
Where is the editor to condemn this blatant racism/generalisation of the Chinese? Since when do newspapers allow themselves to label a race as dirty people spitting and loud?
Posted by danny on August 15, 2013 15:07
You are the only one so far at this site to ''label a race as dirty people spitting and loud?'' Given the way you distort the facts, nothing you say can be believed.
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