KO SAMUI PRICES.
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Oct 5, 2012 8:16 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Oct 1, 2012 11:36 PM
KO SAMUI PRICES.Prices of acommodation on Ko Samui beaches thru the years .-
1979 - 1980 - Chaweng and Lamai - mosty 30 baht
1982- 1984 Lamai - 30 - 40 baht , Big Buddha - 30 baht - 100 baht ,1984 book recommended Peace Resort as having friendly staff and big mushrooms - 30 -100 baht., Mae Nam - 20 baht
!984 -1988- Cheapest bunglow Chaweng 1987 - 30 baht , According to guidebook - "A Frames without bathrooms - 40 - 50 baht "..." for basic bungalow with bathroom "100 baht is the minimum on Ko Samui"
1992 - Chaweng - cheapest off season price - 50 baht to 2600 baht maximum , Bohphut - Peace bungalows -40 - 200 baht . "World Bungalows has gone up market with prices 60- 400 baht., Cheng Mon - mostly 200 -300 baht , Mae Nam - 40 -150 baht , Big Buddha - 50 - 600 baht
1997- Chaweng - 150 baht to 650 baht for bungalows , Lamai - 100 baht - 600 baht for bungalows , Big Buddha - 200 baht to 700 baht , Bohput - 50 to 1500 baht , Mae Nam - 80 baht - 600 baht.(air con)
Fast forward to present and higher end prices can be at level of 6000 - 23,000 baht at some beaches.
Oct 1, 2012 11:53 PM
Oct 2, 2012 12:15 AM
Oct 2, 2012 1:21 AM
Oct 2, 2012 2:11 AM
4Actually I backpacked in Thailand in 1990 - I didn't go to Samui then because I couldn't afford it - it was notoriously expensive even then and beyond my $10/day budget. I went to Ko Samet and enjoyed it.
The reality is that the worst accommodation I ever stayed at in all of 6 months thru India, Nepal and SEA was in Bkk - I stayed in absolute dive off Kaosan Rd - the walls were chicken wire and didn't quite reach the ceiling, there was no fan or window and it was absolute flea pit (literally) - the double cost 100B and the exchange was 25B= 1USD (hasn't changed much). What I think has changed a LOT are the standards - I don't ever recall staying anywhere that provided towels or soap or hot water in the 6 months I travelled. I used to try for a ceiling fan but didn't always succeed.
Even then I wasn't very impressed with Thailand - it seemed to easy and organised compared to India and Nepal :-)
What's definitely cheaper are airfares - I recall the airfare to Rangoon was something like US$300 return - one of the reasons I didn't go a the time Cambodia was a war zone and closed, I got to HCM but couldn't get a permits to leave the city. Laos was very dodgy and but was more closed than open and of course an expensive flight from Hanoi to Vietiane, and rather dogy illegal crossing back to Thailand over the river (no bridge)
Edited by: midlifetravel
Oct 2, 2012 2:09 PM
I stayed in the Thai House Inn on Lamai, just next to the Bauhaus crossroads (Bauhaus had recently opened) for 4 months in 1989. My bungalow cost B40 a day - and you got B75 to the pound. Those were the days :)
Oct 2, 2012 3:04 PM
6They are becoming more greedy
yep, unlike business owners in every other country that are in it for the smiles.
i get the feeling that backpacking in thailand like early 90.s has gone
Long long gone. Thailand is a mainstream tourist destination, much like Hawaii and the coasts of California and Spain. (and all the fake dreadlocks on KSR can't change that fact)
Oct 2, 2012 8:48 PM
7I guess samui after the movie by di caprio (The Beach) got popular and now everyone's heading there for a tropical summer vacation. However due to this rise in visitors the amenities has been improved as well.. so I'd still visit Samui.. Last summer we headed to a really nice quaint stay at less than 100 bucks we can't complain. It's called Jasmine Resort for the really economical we once put up at Thongtakian resort at barely US$30... it has a POOL Too! So you see Samui has it's gems too
Oct 2, 2012 8:48 PM
8" much like Hawaii and the coasts of California and Spain. (and all the fake dreadlocks on KSR can't change that fact) "
You can't stay in 4 star resorts at those places for $30 a night. You can in Thailand - i did this year.
Thailand is still very cheap if you go low season and avoid the absolute tourist hotspots.
Oct 2, 2012 8:50 PM
A 5 star resort is going for as little as 1950 baht a night LOL
Pretty easy to get good deals
Here's a deluxe room in a 4 star resort for 1300 baht:
Oct 2, 2012 10:49 PM
10Midlifetravel , perhaps you could have considered going to Ko Phangan , even Hat Rin beach wasn't expensive then - 40 - 50 baht at lower end. As for the airfare to Rangoon , in those times I think it was only 7 day visa for Burma.
Re # JJack - quote - "Long long gone. Thailand is a mainstream tourist destination" ..
Thats exggerating it a fair bit , there are parts of Nth Thailand that haven't changed that much , and islands like Little Ko Chang and Ko Payam (Andaman side) which offer something of the old school Samui vibe.
RE# Curtisshulk - QUOTE- "I guess samui after the movie by di caprio (The Beach) got popular and now everyone's heading there for a tropical summer vacation. However due to this .."
No , when was that movie late 1990 's ? , Samui had aready become popular was mentioned in travel supplement articles almost 10 years before that.
QUOTE - " has a POOL Too! So you see Samui has it's gems too "
But some people find the sight of pools besides beaches moodbreaking and intrusive. The original allure of Samui was that it didn't have pools and resorts.
Oct 2, 2012 11:05 PM
11Quote from early 90's Thailand book -
" Now Bangkok Airways has daily flights to Samui and the island is heading into top end development........... If Samui survives its current identity crisis , it may yet escape the fate of Pattaya and Phuket . Even with an airport it still has the adavantage of being off the mainland and far away from Bkok."
Oct 2, 2012 11:57 PM
12From 2001 Footprint "Over the last decade tourism has exploded and now that it is accessible by air, the island is making the transition from a backpacker's haven to a sophisticated beach resort. Unlike Phuket, it does still cater for the budget traveller with a great variety of bungalows scattered around its shores"
There are a lot of places listed to stay in the 100-400B range, on all the beaches, even in Chaweng. There are also lots of high end places in the 5,000+ category, even on the West coast, so luxury hotels costing $$$ are hardly a recent thing
Oct 3, 2012 1:36 AM
13most reads above have realy good points, but i dont think any of the prices are relevent to the 90s, also as for high end prices they just dident exsist for me, i loved the beach hut's,and the simple way of life for the backpacker, i traveld into thailand on my way home from s/america so my span is 20 year's, and it saddend me,prap's a young newbi think's it's great, after all they are only opinions
Oct 3, 2012 3:01 AM
14#6 & #7 are spot on. Taking into account the inflation only, the same accommodation should be 2-2.5x the prices they were in the 80's. Add to that the increase in tourist numbers in Thailand and accessibility of Koh Samui (which has lead to also relative increase in tourist numbers compared to rest of Thailand) and you have the current prices. As for the higher end accommodation prices, comparable accommodation wasn't available in the 80's...
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