Like everyone who has watched the movie "Airplane" I too refuse fish on flights hehehe.
"Voting with your feet."
Always the best way, in a world full of infinite possibilities.
Nice to read about real travel decisions that all travelers have to face. Posts like this stick in people's heads and really do help out when placed in similar circumstances.
I wonder if we could convince every traveler and tourist on the planet to simply walk out of a hotel/ shop/ resteraunt when they quote a silly too-high price. If it is too high to even bother to haggle, just walk out and leave.
Perhaps then, people would realise that their bullshit is losing them customers! Imagine a world where everyone is honest and helpful?
How could 1200 pesos for a room be too expensive thats only 25 us dollars . Ive been to that hotel and i know for one that the cheapest hotel in that area. Other hotel charge 900 pesos per person base on twin sharing it means 1800 per room!!!! It is also a started practice in all hotel that check in time is 1pm and not before 12noon. You are lucky that they let you check in at 12noon.
25 Dollars is NOT cheap...
Compare Chiang Mai, Thailand to Manila... The Philippines is in competition and losing drastically to Thailand.
I was just in a room in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 150 Baht per night, this is 5 U.S. Dollars with High Speed WIFI Internet.
The just 25 Dollars is a lack of awareness of global pricing, the room in Philippines are double the world prices for the same quality of country...
25 is nothing for a tourist, it is incredibly expensive the expats of the planet who are used to getting 10-15 dollar rooms of the same quality.
It's called economies of scale when the cost per unit falls as output increases.
The are millions more tourist in Thailand than there are in the Philippines therefore a higher rate of occupancy in Thailand which means lower costs and overheads in an hotel in Thailand-e.g. 10 housekeeping staff clean fifty rooms in the Philippines, 10 housekeeping staff clean 150 rooms in Thailand. If the cleaners are paid $20 per day, 20 x 10 =200/50=4. In the Philippines it cost the hotel $4 to clean each room.
20 x 10=200/150=1.33. In Thailand it cost the hotel $1.33 to clean each room. The $2.67 saved in Thailand means the Hotel can charge a lower room rate than it's counterpart in the Philippines.