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Chinese Tourists Behaviour Gets Slammed by Chiang Mai Residents

Mar 4, 2013


CityNews – Following the success of the Chinese blockbuster movie Lost in Thailand, Chiang Mai has become a main touristic destination for Chinese people. This sudden influx of Chinese tourists, in spite of its economic advantages, is not to everyone’s liking it seems.

According to a feature published on the South China Morning Post website last Thursday, numerous Chiang Mai residents are appalled by the general attitude of the tens of thousands Chinese tourists flowing into the city since the release of the movie last year. According to reports many Thais working in the tourist industry find Chinese tourists’ behaviour “disturbing and rude”, others have referred to “cultural clashes”, says the South China Morning Post.

The newspaper reported that Chinese tourists are “loud”, and have a “tendency to not flush the toilet”, it is also reported in the paper that Chinese tourists throw litter over their balcony or often sleep too many guests to a room. One high-end hotel owner in Chiang Mai also agreed with this, telling CityNews that his Chinese guests often didn’t eat in the hotel, did their own laundry, and slept many to a room in order to save money.

Locals, the newspaper reported, have also criticised the driving habits of the Chinese saying that they have no respect for the highway code and often suddenly stop in the middle of busy roads. The Chiang Mai Governor’s office recently issued a report stating that they would try and help tourists understand safe driving rules,but also adding “especially Chinese tourists”.

Public behavior has also been criticised, such as habits like spitting, littering and queue-jumping.

This news article provoked some reactions from internet users within China who for the most part agreed with the Thai criticism. Nonetheless, this kind of extreme generalising, and you might add racism, is bound to upset a lot of people, and perhaps backfire for those doing the criticising.

One thing is certain, and that is that the number of Chinese tourists will rise. 1.5 million Chinese are expected to visit the kingdom by 2014, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. One Thai who was quoted in the South China Morning Post article said that the Thai government should “work with the Chinese consulate to better educate its tourists”.


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Jan Schauseil

4 March 2013 20:10

Sounds familiar...
loud, no respect for the highway code, suddenly stop in the middle of busy roads, littering and queue-jumping. Everyday behaviour in Chiang Mai by the locals, not just the Chinese.
I would say the Chinese tourist are adapting to local culture very quickly. When in Rome...
If the governor wants to 'help tourists understand safe driving rules', maybe he should start by helping the local residents understand this first.



5 March 2013 14:01

You've hit the nail on the head

Jan Schauseil

7 March 2013 22:05

I am an idiot


5 March 2013 11:04

chiangmai is doomed if they allow these chinese behaviours..just look at them at the airports how they behave....SICK ...



6 March 2013 15:37

it's not racism. it's cultural habits. Walk anywhere in China and drivers drive a certain way, and spit, and try to save money by stuffing people into rooms...

it's not an insult to them, that's how they are at home. Obviously, not ALL chinese are like that, there are others who are more concerned for other cultures and try to be respectful of them.



7 March 2013 23:40

I'm Chiangmai local people. And I'm mad to see that shit in my city :-(



15 March 2013 19:22

I can't say that I blame you.

V Welch

8 March 2013 10:29

When I first came to Thailand, everyone told me that I was a "farang" because I'm white and the Chinese are just asian people.. not "foriegners." Jan Schauseil is exactly right about alot of the locals doing just the same. If the Tourism Authority wants to do a good job, they would educate everyone on the customs that are accepted and not and the police need to do a better job at policing the locals that do the same. Thais are notorious for littering and not cleaning up as well as not following the traffic rules.



5 October 2013 10:52

Just flabergasted when i saw those floats and deco on the moat and near the walled city few weeks ago obviously to mark the mid-autumn festival --- which is a chinese festival.
But this is chiangmai, thailand. Understand there are so many ethnic thai chinese here but for the government to overdo the chineseness is baffling.
Maybe this is Chiangmai-ness or thainess??


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