I can understand to an extent dual pricing at tourist attractions. This has been going on for a while. But, is it really necessary to do this at marathons and triathlons as well? This is what is happening at the upcoming “Challenge Laguna Triathlon” and “The Laguna Phuket Triathlon”. The former is 3,000 Baht for Thai nationals and 7,750 Baht (plus 5% fee) for foreigners. The later race is 2,500 Baht for Thais and 6,000 Baht for foreigners. Obviously they are ashamed that they are charging foreigners more money as on their website they hide the real price by using Thai numerals. This is mainly used when business people want to hide dual pricing. Normally, prices in shops use the more common Arabic numbers.
This was brought to my attention by Vincent who had this to say: “The Bangkok Triathlon have been thoughtful in the fact they give
expats the same entry fee as Thai nationals, allowing lower income earners who pay tax in Thailand to participate. For Challenge and Laguna Phuket, I have many expat friends (mainly teaching) who find this fee to be out of their price range.” What do you think about this? Is it fair to have two prices based on the colour of your skin?