Etiquette manuals in Mandarin are being printed for the 90,000 Chinese tourists who are expected to travel to Thailand for Chinese New Year, later this week.
The manual will instruct visitors on museum etiquette, requesting that paintings are not touched, warn against using public property as lavatory facilties, and encourage proper driving behaviour, according to the Tourist Authority of Thailand office in Chiang Mai.
…Locals accused them of defecating in the city’s moat, causing accidents by driving recklessly, and defacing several tourist attractions, according to the Bangkok Post.
Breakfast in a Bathrobe at the Westin Siray Bay, Phuket
Thailand and China are geographically close, and while ethnic Chinese often have high status in Thai society the Northern part of the country is heavily Chinese-influenced and of course Chinese tourists — increasingly prosperous and positioned to travel — find Thailand a convenient destination.
While much of the concerns are likely xenophobia, despite a reputation for friendliness a suspicion of foreigners is also quite common. While I’ve visited the country many times, I’d never expect to be accepted as anything other than farang.
I view the printing of guides in Mandarin as being a move primarily aimed at Thais — mollifying their concerns and playing to their prejudices, rather than as a move aimed at changing behavior of tourists. Bread and circuses, like free wifi throughout the country.