Thailand authorities have issued warnings to traders who are thinking of increasing prices over the Songkran period. The message is clear – do not do it, for they have not approved any price rises.
Deputy Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong stated that traders will be closely monitored, especially those operating close to bus and train stations.
The penalty for such a monstrous crime can be as high as seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to 140,000 baht.
Apparently vendors who fail to display price labels can be fined in the region of 10,000 baht?
Really? Is there a vendor who actually displays prices in Thailand?
We see a variety of prices throughout the nation. Pop into any bar and have a beer. Chances are the bar next door will be 20 baht more expensive for the same beer.
Even the lottery ticket vendors offer a variety of prices. Most will charge the expected 80 baht, whilst other are known to offer the same tickets for 90 or 100 baht.
But the way to deal with the problem, is do not purchase from the more expensive vendors.
Of course tourists are oblivious to these problems and will buy from a vendor if they are happy with the price offered. But generally speaking, you will always have to ask the cost of an item, due to no price tags being displayed.
The good part is that many vendors will negotiate or barter, especially if you are buying multiple items.
Happy Shopping folks.