Thai authorities in response to an avalanche of criticism towards Chinese tourists has issued an etiquette manual which aims to guide future Chinese travelers on preferred behavior.
The leaflet which requests that tourists ‘don’t defecate in public places and don’t touch paintings,’ comes on the eve of Chinese revelers flocking to Thailand in anticipating of new year celebrations.
With expectations that as many as 90 000 Chinese travelers descending on the nation, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has already gone about preparing leaflets which it aims to hand out to holiday makers as soon as they touch down. Indeed.
The manual written in Mandarin, notes the UK’s dailymail advises against using public property as lavatories and contains general instructions on how to responsibly tour the country.
Traditionally Chiang Mai and nearby Chiang Rai in the north-east are the biggest draw for Chinese tourists.
Chief complaints against the holiday makers include defecating in public places, causing traffic accidents with reckless driving and defacing tourist attractions.
So dire had matters become that Chinese tourists were recently banned from entering Wat Rong Khun, the Buddhist White Temple in Chiang Rai, after complaints tourists had ruined the toilets.
Following complaints from Chinese tourists the ban was lifted on the understanding that tour guides are to clean toilets if their clients make a mess.
Photos of a Chinese tourist draping her underwear on chairs at Chiang Mai airport served to cause commotion on social media earlier this month, with Thai tourism authorities having asked tour operators to clamp down on inappropriate behavior.
The guide produced by Thailand focuses on respecting local cultures, keeping with the local traffic laws, and observing museum etiquette such as not touching paintings.
Perhaps only too aware of their reputation abroad, state-owned China Central Television has has begun airing TV programs aimed to educate Chinese tourists about international etiquette abroad.
In turn, Thailand government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd has urged Thai citizens to extend patience towards their visitors over the next few days.
The etiquette manual follows similar efforts in the past, including the Thailand’s Embassy in Japan which posted an online manners guide aimed at Thai visitors to its country following complaints about the behavior of Thai visitors to Japan last year.
The Thai embassy’s consular chief penned a list of 10 do’s and don’ts including ‘Do not use your chopsticks to pick up food for other people’; ‘If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks’ and ‘Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can cut the queue’.