They travel in large packs, barking angrily at one another and take over whole tourist spots leaving a trail of litter, spit and dirty toilets in their wake… no it’s not a pack of crazed Thai street dogs, it’s the dreaded plague of Chinese tourists that descend on Thailand at this time each year.
As the nation of China celebrate lunar new year they make the most of extended holidays to travel, with tens of thousands choosing Thailand as their destination of choice.
Anyone who has travelled in Asia will have experienced it – when you are in the vicinity of a group of Chinese tourists you certainly know about it. The Chinese are very fond of coach tours and will often convoy around in trains of three, four or five coaches with hundreds of tourists in each travelling group. Donning matching coloured hats or t-shirts, they traipse around in the heat en masse, blocking pathways and filling shops and blocking out views. Good luck getting a serene snapshot of your day off if you happen to be sharing your venue with a Chinese tour group – and now with the addition of the selfie stick it is practically a health and safety hazard!
News stories have been cropping up of underwear being washed and dried in the airport departure lounge, purposeful damage to heritage sites, fights on planes and even one temple banning all Chinese tourists due to poor hygiene in the toilets (trust me, I’ve used a public toilet in China – it is not nice).
But it looks like Thailand has had enough. Initial reports claimed that Chinese tourists were going to be banned, but before that extreme measure comes into place it looks like an official Thailand etiquette for Chinese tourists guide is on its way. I can’t wait to have a read of that.
Below, Channel 4 news report on some of the bad behaviour being carried out by Chinese tourists:
DISCLAIMER: I have nothing against the Chinese. In fact, Koren tourists are just as loud and large in number. And let’s not forget some of the shocking behaviour us Westerners have got up to in Thailand in the past…
I plan on writing a guide to tourist etiquette in Thailand very soon. Will put a linky here when I do. But for now, please just at least use your common sense!