Wat Pho Herbal Sauna at Baan Tai village Koh Phangan Island re-opens 50 Baht per person only
Four months after the recent shut down of the herbal sauna at Wat Pho in Baan Tai village on Koh Pha-Ngan Island in August 2007, the Buddhist temple has resumed its service a couple of days ago.
Phangan Island officials also reported the new change in this once free, on donations based public service. A service charge of 50 Baht per person will now be requested by the local business corporation joint venture to support the survival of the Buddhist temple Wat Pho located in Baan Tai village.
Over the last couple of months Thai locals from Koh Phangan Island have grouped together and finally introduced this new system which is supposed to guarantee a steady and solid income by providing a public herbal steam facility to both local Thai and foreign visitors.
“This new step of a fixed pricing system had to be taken. Herbs and also gas prices have increased drastically over the last couple of months. Therefore we were sort of forced to agree on a tiny and very reasonable fee of 50 Baht per person only! All generated profits will be generously donated to the Buddhist temple Wat Pho. Please come and visit us again and enjoy the various benefits which a herbal steam sauna has to offer.”, a board member from the herbal steam business corporation joint venture said.
Phangan Island officials also received first complaints from foreign tourists that the temperature at the herbal sauna is not hot enough.
“If they start charging 50 Baht per person now then they should at least guarantee a steady and hot temperature in the herbal steam room. Once I told the herbal steam organizers that it is no hot enough they just told me that I should have a look in the mirror. You’re red as a shrimp so stop complaining! The steam is hot enough! I was been told.”, a foreign tourist said.
The foreign tourist further questioned, “I’m not sure if local Thais also pay 50 baht per person? I saw at least one Thai guy going into the sauna and leaving again without paying any fee at all. He just sat on his motorbike and drove away. This looks like a two way pricing system again!”
Board members from the local Thai herbal steam business corporation joint venture strongly denied the existence of any of these claims.
“We can assure you that the herbal steam is hot enough at all times throughout the afternoon. Foreign tourists and local Thais both pay a fee of 50 Baht per person. There is no two way pricing system. Such claims are ridiculous!”, a board member from the herbal steam business corporation joint venture further assured.
What once has started as a free, on donation based, public service generously offered by the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Baan Tai village has finally been also infected by the commonly known virus of commercialization & capitalism and is now being transformed into another economic system based on the production of massive and steadily increasing profits.
“This is really a bad sign! One of the last peaceful places on Koh Phangan Island has finally been destroyed!”, an unnamed foreigner stated.
6 thoughts on “Wat Pho Herbal Sauna at Baan Tai village Koh Phangan Island re-opens 50 Baht per person only”
I guess they really want both, Thai and Farangs, paying the fee. But, as usual for the Thais, it is much easier not to follow the rules, as it is quite common in a land where every one is just looking out for them self and ignore anything or anybody else. Have a look at the Thai roads.
Hey Becki this is Pete the once frequent visitor to the sauna. Who is the monk inthe picture , did they find a new abbot to try and ‘replace’ pra prassert. Who runs this place ??? Are they HONEST????
i am happy to see the sauna is open and 50 baht is probably the cheapest service of any on the island. hey folks how stingy are you to complain about 50 baht? i am happy to pay and also donate more than the 50 baht. be happy that the nice place opens again
unlimited time in sauna for the price of 10 minutes internet in hadring. would say thats a good bargain, innit:)))
extreemly glad to see the old herbal open again as it is one of my most favorite places probably on this whole wide world and the 50 Bhat, well i nevver put any less than that before any way so no change there.
truly a magic place whish i were there so enjoy it!
love and sunshine
it is really sad to see but understandable money prevails even in temples, if we think about it Koh Phangan died many years ago, the truth is the island is run by mafia families making huge profits on the hedonistic organized parties, drug pushing, corruption and extortion and that goes all the way to the top of local government and the police. please lets not kid ourselves. its sad but true.. many locals have left the island for quieter surrounds on the mainland and despite some amazing life long friends there i wouldn’t consider going bacK..