Oasis Sea World

Oasis Sea World (Chantaburi Province)
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ADMISSION PRICE/ค่าเข้าชม

Adults/ผู้ใหญ่ –
Thai/คนไทย: 130 Baht (include bicycle, tram, boat)
Foreigners/ชาวต่างชาติ: 300 Baht
(130.77% more expensive for foreigners)

Children/เด็ก –
Thai/คนไทย: 40 Baht (include bicycle, tram, boat)
Foreigners/ชาวต่างชาติ: 200 Baht
(400% more expensive for foreigners)

Just outside of Chantaburi, on the road to Trad, you will find the Oasis Sea World. You basically only get a dolphin show and not much else. So, you be the judge as to whether it’s worth you paying more than the Thais.

At this tourist attraction, they are obviously ashamed they are charging two prices as they see a need to hide the Thai price using Thai numerals instead of the more common Arabic numerals.

Have you been to this place? Were you able to get the Thai price? Was it good value for money if you had to pay the “farang” price? Let us know in the comments…

15 responses to “Oasis Sea World

  1. I saw the same thing at Nong Nooch Gardens in Pattaya. I went thinking it was a botanical research center but that is not what visitors see. It is a touristy spot and foreigners pay a much higher price.

  2. Dont know about this tourist attraction BUT foreigner must pay a higher price , It’s very common in many cities around the world.

    Most foreigner dosent know about their own tourist attraction in their own country using the same pricing system.

    Many foreigners who live in Thailand often get offended with this pricing but i think they have been living in Thailand already too long and forgot how their
    Country

    • Actually in China they outlawed the practice of having a two price system. They saw it as being detrimental to the future of tourism industry. Places like Disney World in the USA don’t have a two price system as such. BUT, they do offer a discount to local residents from the same state. Some tourist attractions in Thailand do that as well. For example, Ancient Siam offers 50% discount to people who live in Samut Prakan Province. For Disney World, people who live in say New York and those that come from say Thailand have to pay the same.

      The point of this website is not to debate the rights and wrongs. Our stand is that tourist attractions in Thailand can have two prices if they think that is right. We are just asking that foreigners should have the “Right to Choose”. This just means showing the prices for everyone to see so that they can decide whether it is worth having to pay extra. That’s all.

      BTW, the team working on this website are all Thai and they think the same.

  3. You rarely see 2-tier pricing for tourist attractions anywhere in Europe or in North America. Most governments and organizations view it as unfair discrimination. If there is going to be price discrimination, at least make it visible: in a lot of cases, people will understand the difference in price if it is to do with encouraging certain groups of people to visit. An aside note- as a European who was an exchange student Thailand, I often received the Thai pricing (I could read the Thai) at various locations if I showed my student card from my Thai university. And, I’ve been to Oasis Sea World- I don’t think it is really worth it if you have to pay full foreigner price.

    • Some places are still worth it at the inflated prices. But others are not. Looks like Oasis is only worth it if you can get in at Thai price. At foreigner’s price, I don’t think you will get your money’s worth.

  4. @Simon – Nonsense.
    The fact the numerals are in Thai script makes me think they are deliberately try to con foreigners. It’s a possibility they are doing that out of embarrassment but most Thais are proud when they get one over on a foreigner.

  5. @Peter – Nonsense
    Most Thais are honest and hardworking. Anyone with experience outside the tourist industry will confirm that.
    There are obviously bad apples here too, but if you leave Nana you might discover it for yourself

  6. It’s not extra price for foreigners. It’s extra price for Thai people.
    Yes, I mean “Discount” for Thai people.

    The reason is some place e.g. temples, museam, get yearly budget from government (which is Thai people’s tax).

    By the way, You are right for some places which owned & operated by private. They took advantage from demand & supply.
    If foreigner don’t want to be discriminate by price, you should ignore that place. It’s good to review any place where you’ve ever been there & is it worth to pay for it?

  7. Charged extra than Thai people on mini buses
    Police take advantage of charging high on the spot fines that never get further than their pockets.
    Government National parks charge up to 500% extra for westerners.
    Local shops and stores charge westerners extra unless you know them personally.
    Practically no one will assist you unless you pay them.
    Extremely unfair immigration procedures for people with families, Thailand will never be your home if you are a westerner.
    Corruption exists in everything from schools too government institutions.
    Corruption and greed are ingrained in society.
    I do love Thailand but after years of abuse I have finally realized how different it is to the west. On the surface the Land of smiles weaves magical dreams of a perfect destination or a new life, while below the surface corruption, bitterness and greed prevail.

    Also being called a Farang is extremely derogatory, and after years of being called it even by people who know your name, the word deeply offends.
    If I was in my home country and referred to one of my acquaintances as the Niger or the Paki I would not only be breaking the law but hurting people too.

    In the end the only loser will be Thailand as there are plenty other destinations in the world to choose from.

  8. @The Farang, of course – I agree with what you have said. Since I speak and read/write Thai so therefore I don’t get charged more than the locals do, however I also only very very rarely do my shopping outside of shopping malls (and I might add, that while we’re on the topic of dual pricing, only national parks/tourist attractions/museums etc. have official dual pricing) so if a tourist restaurant tries to extract more money from a tourist (not something I have ever encountered and it probably only applies to your standard run-of-the-mill touristy places on the riverfront or Khao San road etc.) you can easily just argue that you’re being ripped off and pay the proper price. I am shocked to hear that such practices are occurring, as if dual pricing at government and private tourist attractions wasn’t enough.

    I don’t see why some people (even some non-Thais) think they can justify that tourists should pay these prices – besides, what’s so good about Thai tourist attractions in the first place to pay these inflated prices? I can find much more interesting places to visit in Vietnam and China that won’t charge me extra and therefore, unlike in Thailand, I don’t have to show up at the entrance with my Thai driver’s license trying to get the local price because everyone pays the same – the elderly and students, including international students get discounts at most attractions (like they would in the west) which are very rarely available in Thailand as Thailand is not only racist, but discriminates against the aged and students. These days although I live in Thailand when I travel, I choose to go to other countries in the region to see new things and although I wish we could all band together to end the practice of dual pricing in Thailand – if the authorities here don’t step in and change at least I have already voted with my feet and decided NOT to visit attractions that charge foreigners more.

    It’s also interesting that tourists, including Thai visitors, like to give countries like Vietnam a bad rap for overpricing, rather than Thailand, which is more deserving of the title but let me tell you a few things: first of all, those complaints are usually made against street merchants etc. (because with one exception in Hue tourist attractions in Vietnam don’t charge foreigners more than locals) that have a tendency to rip off everyone including their own people by trying to charge more or withholding change, providing a product with inferior quality etc. For example, as soon as they see you have a car, they try to extract more money from you – but it’s all about bargaining; for every merchant that tries to do that there are a ton more that are perfectly honest. If you walk away, they back down on the price.

  9. You can see the same thing in seaworld USA.
    they charge foreigners 20$ more, and foreigners can’t apply to multiple parks offers or week day special prices.
    It’s really discrimination against people coming from distant countries.

  10. Just went to Nam Tok Phlio im Chantaburi. I never remember to check the western prices but always have a copy of my permit on me. I went to pay the 40 baht Thai price and they said I can only pay that if I have the original on me. Walled down the hill to get my permit from the car and then back up to the ticket booth. The same woman said that I can’t use my work permit it has to be a Thai ID card. When I asked why she couldn’t have said that the first time she just smiled. Western price is 200 baht.

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