CHIANG MAI – Chinese tourists arriving in Northern Thailand to celebrate their lunar New Year are to receive Tourist Manuals in an effort to stave off offending local Thai people.
The city of Chiang Mai, will be the focal point of the Mandarin-language Etiquette manuals for Chinese tourists, with some 90,000 expected over the holiday period.
The manual will list required etiquette, such as not touching paintings, warn against using public property as lavatories, and encourage proper driving behaviour, according to the Tourist Authority of Thailand.
Chinese tourists in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai have been the target of numerous complaints from locals who accuse the Chinese visitors of defecating in the city’s moat, causing traffic accidents with reckless driving and defacing several tourist attractions.
In Chiang Mai, photos of a Chinese tourist drying her bra and panties on a chair at Chiang Mai’s airport created a firestorm online and tourism authorities told tour operators to curb such inappropriate behaviour.
Chiang Rai’s Black House Museum, or Baan Dam, which displays artwork of the late artist Thawan Duchanee, was reportedly damaged last week by Chinese tourists.
The manager of the Black House Museum, Noppadol Huenphet, and Thai social media users expressed their anger after the top part of a 30-year-old wooden stair pole was broken off.
The incident happened when eight Chinese tourists visited the temple. After posing for a photo on the antique teak staircase, one man jumped in the air and accidentally kicked the post, breaking it in two.
The manager expressed anger after he says the man simply walked away as if nothing happened.
At Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) staff refused entry to Chinese visitors from the morning of February 3rd due to their frequent indecent public toilet usage. Using the Toilet (Hong Nam) without flushing it.
The management of the temple ordered staff to refuse entry of Chinese tourists from the morning of next day, but the temple was reopened to the Chinese tourists after half a day because he saw a large number of disappointed people outside the temple.
Last week Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd asked Thais to keep their patience with the tourists over the Chinese New Year period.
Sansern Kaewkamnerd commented that “undesirable” elements were inevitable among such a large influx of tourists but that Thais must keep their spirit of hospitality.