Ian Forbes;287083 said:
That is the funny thing about Thailand... accommodation prices can be all over the map... even though hotels might be almost side by side. I never could (or can) figure it out. And, I'm talking about rooms that are almost identical in size and style. For the most part, I do almost all my eating elsewhere. No need to cook a meal when I can buy one just as cheap in a nearby Thai café. No need for aircon when the temperature is a pleasant 20 degrees at night. I see no need to pay 2000 baht for a meal in a fancy restaurant when I can get the same thing in a café for 50 baht.
When I travel by motorbike in Thailand, and have to stay over night some place, I refer to my GPS for accommodation. Then I check out the various places and what they offer. I've gotten pretty good at guessing where NOT to stay. They LOOK fancy and have a big, flashy entrance, but that doesn't mean their rooms are any better than some place else at one quarter the cost. For 400 to 600 baht I can get a pretty nice room in an average hotel... but it might not be along side the river or on the ocean front. Occasionally, I'll be fooled and have to go somewhere else, but most of the time my instincts are correct. Passing through Chiang Rai last Spring with my son, I stopped at a less than imposing hotel and asked the price for one night... 2000 baht for a simple room. I said thanks but no thanks, I'll ride back to Chiang Mai in the dark before paying that... and we did. Paying by the month long term, I get my room in Chiang Mai for 170 baht a night. I know the profit margins at hotels.
May I say something "ad hominem"? 555
(sorry I not await the answer, I think you can have it..)
First thing I notice is that your posts the last month, compared to the 6 months before that, are so much more negative... Happy about Thailand while there, but negative about it while in Canada?
Remembers me about the time I was living in Holland and working in the UK... It was not about Holland or the UK at all, my feeling was about not knowing where I belonged at that moment... Don't know if the same applies to you, but maybe something to consider..?
Second thing is this talk about money... You seem to have enough for yourself and the way you want to live your life! That's good..
And you even have more, enough to support poor Thai people, which is good too !
But end of the day, what's the point in bitching over prices? You are in the stage of your life where you can enjoy the rest of your days in comfort (that will or has changed for the younger ones on here, who are now paying for your privileges..55).
So maybe when prices go up you will not be able to help as many others than before...
So what? If we all do what we can, if everyone would do what he or she could... This would be a better world..