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    Thailand, are you here and where are you and is it quiet ?

    I've been living in Pattaya for nearly 12 years now, I know this is low season but I have honestly never known it as quiet as this year. I've been talking to friends that are visiting and they say the nightlife is dead, the last couple of times I've been out for a drink the bars have been dead, last night I was the only customer in the bar and the bars near there had zero customers in them.

    I see the bike rental places have loads of bikes parked up, the massage shops seem to have so many more girls than before sitting around doing nothing, I haven't been to LK or Walking Street lately but by all accounts they're quiet too.

    I'm still seeing lots of those tourist buses around but even they seem quieter than before ?

    What's going on where you are ?

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    The Thai baht remains strong against most other currencies and therefore travel to Thailand is relatively expensive for mongering Brits, Russkies, (Euro's in general) + Aussies and Kiwi's. The same demographic regions are not faring well economically and traveling shorter distances, eg: UK holidaymakers are staying at home or going to Spain ... Greece a tad too far for many. Aussies are favouring Bali and Kiwi's going to Gold Coast or Pacific Islands ... and so on.

    Pattaya loses out to most family or quality tourists due to it's seedy reputation. Chiang Mai is quieter than usual albeit this is low season, middle of year and monsoon onset. I was at Immigration yesterday and expected an hours wait ... nope, in and out in under 5 minutes!
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    Patong is quiet, but usual for this time of year. Bars are certainly quiet.
    Hordes of Chinese around during the day and packing Jung Ceylon and wandering back to their hotel, even at midnight with bags of shopping but mainly dried foods. Never see them in a bar. Indians, including families, haggling with the girls outside massage shops, quite a few Africans at the moment too.

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    Just spoken to my neighbour, a motorbike taxi lad in Pattaya, he says very quiet in town at night too.

    Where I live has a couple of those mom and pop shops, both are usually quite busy doing food, both closed today.

    A mate works as an estate agent in town, 1 sale last month.

    Like I said, I have never known it this quiet ever.

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    Pattaya has been getting quieter and quieter for a few years now... probably a combination of factors. Strong Thai baht... and the death of the mongerer tourist? Wonder where they all go now instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Pattaya has been getting quieter and quieter for a few years now... probably a combination of factors. Strong Thai baht... and the death of the mongerer tourist? Wonder where they all go now instead?
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    Just in passing conversations you really don't hear people going to Thauland as much

    I have a theory and it might be a very small reason the # of tourists can be down

    Travel shows and blogs/vlogs have made people way more adventurous towards travel

    And Thailand has always been the "safe" option for a long time

    But now people are comfortable going to less traveled places

    Just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Just in passing conversations you really don't hear people going to Thauland as much

    I have a theory and it might be a very small reason the # of tourists can be down

    Travel shows and blogs/vlogs have made people way more adventurous towards travel

    And Thailand has always been the "safe" option for a long time

    But now people are comfortable going to places where there are gang murders in the streets every day.

    Just a thought
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
    Fixed it..55
    Forgot to fix "Thauland" .. 555
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    Lots of comments of boards saying it is quiet , but then one bar owner saying he had had his best week of the year last week ...

    Two mates have just come back from Patts , one was there for a week ( he spent 40,000 Baht on his first night ) , the other for three weeks ( averaged 10k per night ) Another mate arrived there last week , think he is there for two weeks.

    Two couples I know are also in Thailand , travelling around, one on a budget the other first class all the way

    I prefer to stay in Europe during the Summer and have never tried low season , might have give it go some time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillearly View Post
    Lots of comments of boards saying it is quiet , but then one bar owner saying he had had his best week of the year last week ...

    Two mates have just come back from Patts , one was there for a week ( he spent 40,000 Baht on his first night ) , the other for three weeks ( averaged 10k per night ) Another mate arrived there last week , think he is there for two weeks.

    Two couples I know are also in Thailand , travelling around, one on a budget the other first class all the way

    I prefer to stay in Europe during the Summer and have never tried low season , might have give it go some time
    I go more often in low season but also sometimes in high season... and Pattaya is nowhere near as busy as it was say ten years ago.... just a ghost town in comparison in the bar areas... even on Walking Street... I like it as I don't like crowded bars, but it can't be good for business...
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    I like low season everything is cheaper and I'm a cheap Charlie.

    At airport now and arrive in LOS later today.

    I actually like wet season because of the reasons I go to CM. Much greener and more fun.
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    I will be in Pattaya for 3 weeks in July, by all accounts it is quiet, but this has its upside, but certainly noticing less baht in my pocket nearly every trip (used to getting 3000Bt per $100, now about 2400Bt), though with more experience, can do more for less (and am also making much more money these days).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Just in passing conversations you really don't hear people going to Thauland as much

    I have a theory and it might be a very small reason the # of tourists can be down

    Travel shows and blogs/vlogs have made people way more adventurous towards travel

    And Thailand has always been the "safe" option for a long time

    But now people are comfortable going to less traveled places

    Just a thought


    I think there is something in this. Lots of people I talk to say places like Lombok and Philippines are their favourite tropical destinations now. Cheaper too. Thailand is not the cheap destination it was any more. Sure it's cheap by European standards, but show people an alternative that's cheaper and people will gravitate towards that.

    I just booked hotels a 2 1/2 week stay in various islands off Cebu. Decent 3-4 star places. All islands probably superior to what I've seen in my time coming to Thailand and I paid less than half of what I'd pay if I was booking comparable hotels in the south of Thailand.

    With the above in mind though I'm off to Koh Samui next week so will be interested to see how busy it is there. I've been around the same time a few years ago and it wasn't busy like I see in Phuket. Plenty of tourists around but not as much foot traffic.

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    Its very quiet in Samui atm...same as it always is at this time of the year...weather has been mostly fine this last week with just a few showers here and there....generelly afternoon or early evening....

    It always bemuses me when low season hits...everyone compllains like hell about it like it never happens..555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I go more often in low season but also sometimes in high season... and Pattaya is nowhere near as busy as it was say ten years ago.... just a ghost town in comparison in the bar areas... even on Walking Street... I like it as I don't like crowded bars, but it can't be good for business...
    Except if it's bad weather related I don't know anyone would choose high season over low season

    I don't really make a distinction with the exception of researching the weather
    But going anywhere in "low season" never bothered me because of lesser crowds

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Except if it's bad weather related I don't know anyone would choose high season over low season

    I don't really make a distinction with the exception of researching the weather
    But going anywhere in "low season" never bothered me because of lesser crowds
    Sometimes I can't choose the time of year I go... 55

    Plus I prefer the weather in high season... not too hot.
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    Thailand, are you here and where are you and is it quiet
    since you asked, drove up to countryside Sa Kaeo today, a few stops along the way, now at the nephew's monk party.
    Quiet? Amplified chanting going on in the big tent, about 20 minutes ago the rain started accompanied by a thunder and lightning storm ... a message from above?
    Pissing down now, moved the car to ensure we can get out tonight as road prone to flooding, we're staying in SK 45km away, there's a limit to how much speaker-detonating music I can tolerate
    Before the rain started, sunshine, walked the farm where we lived a year, good times in my farmer and tree-grower phase
    Chanting continues; tables set up for 160 people, music can't be far away.
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    ^ further to last post, during all this monk business I was able to follow a NZ rugby match online
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