12 Mar '16, 9pm

Chinese in campervans spark frustration in Thailand - The Straits Times

Chinese in campervans spark frustration in Thailand - The Straits Times

Chiang Khong town sits on the edge of Thailand, separated from Laos by the Mekong River. Each year, thousands of Chinese vehicles pass through, some carrying produce trucked through Laos. Then there are Chinese tourists, conspicuous in their left-hand-drive sport utility vehicles as they traverse northern Thailand's mountainous attractions. This year, there has been a new sight: campervans. Dozens of these mobile homes arrived during the Chinese New Year tourism crush last month. They stirred up debate on Thai social media after pictures of them parked in seemingly inappropriate places like temples and curbsides were circulated online. For locals already frustrated with the boorish behaviour of Chinese tourists, the appearance of these campervans has only fanned the disapproval. Although new campervan spaces have been built in some national parks, they were not ready for u...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinese-in-campe...

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