CHIANG RAI – Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple in Phan Chiang Rai plans to build separate toilets for Thais and other non-Chinese tourists, officials confirmed on Saturday.
The White Temple’s Designer, Chalermchai Kositpipat said he will add the “New Toilets” as a solution to complaints about the lack of bathroom etiquette by Chinese tourists.
Previously, the White Temple staff had banned Chinese tourists altogether after Chinese tour groups had left the toilets in a state of disrepair.
“They had defecated on the floor, urinated on the walls outside and left sanitary pads on the wall of the bathrooms,” said an official who requested anonymity.
Chalermchai Kositpipat, told the Bangkok Post that it was “Impossible” for other tourists to use the bathrooms after the Chinese tours, so he would have to construct new ones, specifically for the Chinese Tours.
Reports of misbehaviour by Chinese tourists have become an increasing source of concern as their numbers swell. Last year, 4.62 million Chinese visited Thailand, accounting for 18.7% of all international arrivals, more than any other nationality.
In another recent incident, a tourist identified as a Chinese national kicked a bell at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. A video posted anonymously online drew widespread condemnation.
In the short film, the man first posed for a photo with a row of bells before kicking one of them while laughing as he left the sacred grounds.
Reports of tourists in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai relieving themselves in public have prompted further complaints.
In response, officials have come up with an etiquette manual for Mandarin-speaking Chinese tourists on how to behave in Thailand.