Proper manners leaflets handed out to Chinese tourists
Free tourist-information leaflets at the Chiang Mai International Airport now include “proper manners section” and Mandarin language.
“We wish to communicate with Chinese tourists about the traditions and culture here,” Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasartbandit told ASTV Manager on Monday.
He was giving an interview as he handed out some leaflets at the airport himself.
“They need to understand, for example, that it is not appropriate to hang their laundry at public places,” the governor said.
In addition to English and Mandarin texts, the leaflet also features animation so as to illustrate clearly the Do’s and Don’ts in Thailand.
For example, one of the animations says the tourists should not hit a temple bell with their leg or feet. Another, meanwhile, warns against littering.
“We have prepared about 100,000 such leaflets for officials to hand out to Chinese tourists,” Chiang Mai Tourism Association’s president Pornchai Jitnawasathien says.
Several posts on social media have lately revealed that many Thais are upset about some Chinese tourists’ behaviors.
Suriya said the complaint could simply arise out of the fact that some Chinese tourists did not understand Thai etiquette.
Chiang Mai has attracted a number of Chinese tourists each year. According to Pornchai, the number of Chinese visitors may go past 70,000 between April 10 and 15 alone.
Thailand is now celebrating its traditional Thai New Year period or Songkran.
“Songkran revelers, Thai and foreign, will likely spend no less than Bt2billion in Chiang Mai during the festival,” Pornchai said.