This particular line appears to be rather racist. How will anyone know where they come from anyhow? (unless they make an issue about it).—The preceding comment was added by User:Avemario (talk • contribs)
Let me assume that this is the edit that you were both referring to.
If it is, then this edit removed the statement "And Malaysians may have to pay even more than other tourists" (in the "Muang Thong Hotel").
Following the principle of the traveller comes first we should try to be both honest and fair. Being "fair" does not necessarily mean being "nice". We have a mission to make (among other things) a reliable and complete travel guide, and a travel guide that doesn't give qualitative information about the things it describes isn't reliable or complete.
We need to call a spade a spade. The plain fact is that there is a low level war going on between ethnic Malays and ethnic Thais in these southern provinces of Thailand and it is not impossible that ongoing feud may colour at a day-to-day level price gouging at the "Muang Thong Hotel". Yes, that may verge on racism and yes I don't like it (and presumably you don't either) but if it actually happens, is it not more honest and fair to accurately describe it?
Your subsidiary point was: "How will anyone know where they come from anyhow?". If "Orange" and "Green" Irish thought they were able to distinguish the other camp during the troubles in Ulster, even though the racial and linguistic differences were infinitely more subtle than between most Thais and most Malaysians, I doubt that the Hotel staff would not think they could "tell the difference"... --Ttcf (talk) 21:14, 11 November 2014 (EST)
And I stick with my viewpoint, more so as a person who goes to Thailand some three times a year, and can speak,read and write Thai (although not fluently). I have been to Phang Nga several times and actually stayed at the Muang Thong Hotel (see my comments on it), so I know the place very well indeed, and have not seen ANY distinction in pricing between Thai people and Farangs (or anyone else). This area is also well remote from the ethnic problems in the south of Thailand, and there are many ethnic Muslims in this area, not only as described in the "people" section, but also a little north of Takua Pa where there are numerous (mainly)Muslim villages as well as on the road to Phuket Town where several Mosques can be seen from the bus as you travel. In Krabi are very many Muslims, so I cannot see how the people in Phang Nga would worry about Mayasians. We do not need such comments on a site where a traveller who knows the place well has seen totally no evidence of such an occurrence. Sure there are rip off merchants around - but not just here (if at all), but also in all the tourist places. We need a balanced viewpoint on Wikitravel, and writeups which appear to be out of character, perhaps because the person concerned had a bad experience for whatever reason, need to be weighed up against the overall picture. Avemario (talk) 04:39, 12 November 2014 (EST)
I noted three diving centres listed here. All of these, although in Phang Nga Province, are actually located in Khao Lak. Two of them are also posted there as well as in Takua Pa.
I have removed all three from here in accordance with the multiple listings rule in Touting (also see Travellers Pub). The Khao Lak Trip Dive Centre has been removed and reposited onto Khao Lak page. Avemario (talk) 04:25, 10 November 2014 (EST)