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    Rompo Mansion: 6000 Thb electric for 20 nights!

    I stayed at Rompo Mansion (Rama 4, Klong Toi Market area) for 20 nights .. 30 day rental but 10 nights on Samui
    23k per month + utilities

    the electric was billed for 6000 + add in telephone calls (1 day before i got a mobile ) & water.
    8000 Thb deposit = 500 Thb back.

    the room had a washing machine so the electric could be high .. but 300 Thb per day.

    I am returning & asked Rompo Mansion about their electric rate this time = no response to 2 emails asking for their electric rate.

    I am now considering the Trendy Sukhumvet Soi 13 .. the owner advertised utilities paid on a web site.. a conversation revealed 1500 Thb electric credit.
    was assured that no way electric could be over 1500.

    is electric over charge a common scam?

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    Thais habitually do not respond to e-mail, even if it's a sales lead. No chance if it's anything remotely unpleasant, too easy to ignore. Try calling them.

    Electric/water overcharge is easy to control -- ask for the rates, photograph the meter when you move in, and perhaps check it again a week into the lease. If they see you checking, they probably won't try scamming you.

    Reasonable electricity rates are 6 baht/unit. Electricity can get expensive (2k-3k/mo if you run one aircon all the time), but 6k is a scam.

    How big is the apartment for 23k/mo? You can find a serviced (cleaning 2-3x/week) studio room near Victory Monument for 14-15k or so (more convenient to transport and far less slummy than Khlong Toey).

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    its also reasonably common for landlords to invent bills that become suspicisiously close to the amount of deposit held.

    I once got charged roughly 8000 baht for missing mattress protectors ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    was assured that no way electric could be over 1500.
    No, thats very low.

    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    water. 8000 Thb deposit = 500 Thb back.
    No, thats extremely high

    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    I am now considering the Trendy Sukhumvet Soi 13
    That place is very nice, but you can get ripped off there if you are a noob.

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    if you are a noob.

    how do I change my user name to: "noob"

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    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation View Post
    if you are a noob.

    how do I change my user name to: "noob"
    a $20 donation will do it

    6000 seems high for electric, I stay at the Rompo and the electric is around 2400 a month running the A/C nearly all day.

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    AC 2500 a month.
    Water 100 a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    I stayed at Rompo Mansion
    I thought only Russian hookers stayed there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    I stayed at Rompo Mansion
    I thought only Russian hookers stayed there?

    Where can I book for next weekend.
    Link? Termite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    I stayed at Rompo Mansion
    I thought only Russian hookers stayed there?

    Where can I book for next weekend.
    Link? Termite.
    My friend who lived there actually sad Russian models, but he is a bit naive, so I think I'm closer to the truth.

    Anyway, it's an apartment block, not a hotel, so I'm not sure you can 'book'.

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    Shit!

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    No way. I have a washer machine, run the air conditioning 10 hours a night and leave a TV running 24/7 so it looks like there is someone home when I am gone. My electric bill has never been over 1700 baht a month, and some of my Thai co-workers express amazement it could be that high.
    This is either a scam or a defective meter.

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    My bills are normally around the 4 grand mark, but I've got big aircon units so I think the size of the air con affects the price a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation View Post
    if you are a noob.

    how do I change my user name to: "noob"
    a $20 donation will do it

    6000 seems high for electric, I stay at the Rompo and the electric is around 2400 a month running the A/C nearly all day.

    do you take personal checks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by thai vacation
    I stayed at Rompo Mansion
    I thought only Russian hookers stayed there?

    Where can I book for next weekend.
    Link? Termite.
    My friend who lived there actually sad Russian models, but he is a bit naive, so I think I'm closer to the truth.

    Anyway, it's an apartment block, not a hotel, so I'm not sure you can 'book'.
    they have 'per night bills paid rooms'.

    I thought it unusual they require only cash deposit & rent payment.

    saw 0 white womens while I was there.. few farangs of any gender.

    they answered my 'electric rate' email this am .. 5 B per unit electric... which means I was 'using' 60 units per day while I was in Bkk.
    + had a steady GTG (ROTFLOL) that turned down / off the A/C at every f'n opportunity.

    the washing machine could be the problem .. or ..

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    ^, Try 'or', i've queried an overcharge on electric at a couple of medium term hotels i've stayed at.

    They rechecked the meter in my presence and on both occasions and came up with another figure. Coincidence?

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    Cheating bastards...

    If the aircon is old and shite, and on a lot, it is possible to get these kind of bills. Any modern(ish) aircon(s) (less than 5 years old?) should be under 2000 baht even if you're running two for pretty much the whole time. The other electricity is small.

    I just got a bill: 1,531 baht. That's a 4 bedroom house with 3 aircons ) one is on for about 25% of the day night) and the missus does at least one load of washing every day; maybe two because we have kittens and they are messy... You 'hotel' bill should be no more than this, imo.

    A shitty 20 year old air-con unit can really rape the electricity though, so...

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    They receive the electricity at around 3.5 Baht per Kilowatt hour and if they put a fair surcharge of just say about 10% that would be acceptable.

    Unles you have a half Olympic size swimming pool in your apartment they have ripped you off blind.

    Next time ask for an individual metre reading upon arrival and a reading upon check-out and then work it out according to the electric rate they have quoted you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    No way. I have a washer machine, run the air conditioning 10 hours a night and leave a TV running 24/7 so it looks like there is someone home when I am gone. My electric bill has never been over 1700 baht a month, and some of my Thai co-workers express amazement it could be that high.
    This is either a scam or a defective meter.
    you are probably through the government grid though at something like 2 baht a unit.

    Some condos are 8b per unit so would cost you 7k+ doing the same in one of those.

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    as a certified 'noob' i would hesitate to ask to see the meter .. but that is the only way to verify their reading / my usage. photo the meter is an excellent idea.
    Last edited by thai vacation; 19-09-2010 at 01:42 AM.

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    I pay around 5 bt per unit at home, which I thought was about same through much of the country. When I travel or stay in a condo/serviced this usually goes up to about 8bt/unit, but wouldn't mind signing up for CM's source at 2 bt.

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    We pay 3.5 Baht per kwh at the factory in Bangkok but that is an average and during peak hour the rates can triple for an hour or two.

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    Apartments have to charge more for their leccy according to the ever so sensible law in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    according to the ever so sensible law in Thailand
    Mate I got the fooking flu again and that flew straight over me head.

    What ever so sensible law?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    What ever so sensible law?
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