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Thais have reacted strongly to the emerging trend of Western tourists who come to Thailand and either beg or barter their way around the country.
VoiceTV posted a minute long video about what they called a new trend in tourism.
He claimed with a smile that he was “sharing”.
VoiceTV said that opinions varied on the issue with some saying that it added to the spirit of adventure and variety of tourism while others said it was just taking advantage.
After all, they said, it was only like busking really.
A Thai woman on the video supported their positive narrative saying that if the beg-packers didn’t want a lot of money that was alright, especially if they had something to sell.
“In the end, whatever they get they will spend here, won’t they?”, she said.
But the first people to comment on Facebook were not in agreement at all.
Tossapon Kaowong said: “If they come here they should pay for their trip – not beg for our money and call it a trend”.
Pattharmon Sukasem was even more forthright: “Chase them all away – if they don’t have money what are they doing here?”
Ekung Moopii said: “This trend is not good for tourism. I have seen evidence of it a lot recently – people with signs on the roadside or begging at gas stations. Here in Asia we are not used to this way – and I honestly fear for their safety”.
While Taka Hiro wrote: “We need tourists’ money for the benefit of our economy. If we are supporting beggars or people bartering they will just take our money. It is the wrong way round”.
Teerayuth-Neng wondered what might be next commenting: “Now it is just the fair haired people – in no time the Chinese will be doing it”.