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Beg-packing or just hitching? Foreigners with “no money” spark debate

Debate was rife on Facebook after a Thai taxi driver posted a video of some western backpackers with a cardboard sign saying “Kanchanaburi” in Thai and English.

When the taxi driver wound down the window a male tourist says simply” “No money”.

He is not angry; he seems vaguely amused by the antics of the foreigners.

Comment on the story was split between those who just saw this as hitchhiking and others who condemned the tourists for coming to Thailand with no money and taking advantage.

“Nutdarin” fell into the latter camp making a play on the words for traveling and urinating:

“You’re peeing on my country. You don’t want to spend even one baht. Don’t you want us to have your money?”, she said.

“Toei” defended them saying: “They are just trying to be economical. They will spend money on other things”.

“Vorapoj” posted in English saying: “You say no money. If you don’t have money can you give your watch, sunglasses and bra…OK let’s go!”

“Marcu” who appeared to be a foreigner called them “stupid farangs”. “How can you travel without money?” he moaned.

“Sebastian” commented reasonably saying: “They just want to get a free ride by hitchhiking. They have money but don’t want to spend it on a taxi”.

The subject of “beg-packing” – foreigners trying to get money to pay for their travels – have caused widespread debate in Thailand in recent years.

What is your view?

Thai Visa / Facebook



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