You may remember a few months ago an incident where Asiatique The Riverfront in Bangkok banned me from their Facebook page. This was all because I translated one of their posts into English about the Big Wheel having two prices. I also asked why there was a need to do this in this day and age when most people who live and work in Bangkok are well off Thais. Indeed, Asiatique only attracts the wealthy Thais. But, instead of answering my question, they deleted it and then banned me from their Facebook page. This then led to an online campaign of hate against Asiatique by expats living in Bangkok. As a direct consequence, the dual price was abandoned. Or was it?
I’m not sure how long it lasted, but after all the fuss died down, Asiatique then quietly put the price up again for foreigners. I was there last night and as you see from this picture the price is 250 Baht. It doesn’t say if it is for foreigners or Thais and so you might be forgiven into thinking it is the same price for everyone. While I was taking a picture of the big wheel, one of the officials came up to me to say that the price was only 250 Baht for the wheel. Thirty seconds later I heard the same person tell a couple in Thai that the price was only 200 Baht. I confronted her in Thai about this and asked if she had made a mistake in telling me it was 250 Baht. She said it was 200 Baht for Thais and if I asked at the ticket office then maybe they will give me Thai price.
I replied to her “No, thank you”, and walked away. Can you do me a favour. If you go to Asiatique can you please boycott the Big Wheel. And tell your friends also about the sneaky way they have two prices at Asiatique.