Yesterday and since tourist season started I’ve been seeing something disturbing.
People coming to Thailand on vacation that don’t think to read up on proper behavior not only in Krabi town, but at Krabi Buddhist temples before coming on vacation.
People, let me explain… Thailand is NOT Germany. This is NOT Italy. This is NOT France, America or the UK.
The following behavior is not only uncool, but totally shocking to the traditional Thai people that live in areas outside Pattaya, and Patong beach…
Walking around Krabi town with your shirt off. Guys and girls. Anywhere except AT the beach, standing on the sand, it is completely inappropriate to have your shirt off.
I saw at least 4 idiots (men) at the Wat Tum Sua temple without shirts on yesterday. Walking around shirtless at a Buddhist temple in front of the monks and nuns!
Unbelievable the idiocy that abounds. People, you cannot take your shirt off at a temple. At most temples you SHOULDN”T have uncovered legs or even bare arms… Wat Tum Sua is a bit of an odd temple because there are 1,237 steps to climb to the top of the temple. So, yes, it’s a workout. But, at no point is it OK to take off your shirt. If you’re hot and sweaty drink some water. Pour it over yourself even.
If you’ll notice, most Thai men have pants and shirts on as they walk up the steps. It’s not because they don’t understand that shorts and no shirt would be cooler… it’s that it DOESN’T MATTER. There is a code of conduct to be followed when you’re at a Buddhist temple. They understand what they can and can’t do at a temple.
1.) Don’t give it a thought.
2.) Don’t bother to find out.
3.) Do as they do in their own country.
4.) Do as they do all over Thailand the same as they do in Pattaya and Patong beach.
Would you take your shirt off at the Vatican? I’ve not been there – but I couldn’t imagine it being standard operating procedure.
It’s not OK to drive your motorbike away from Ao Nang beach with your shirt off.
It’s not OK to walk down Chao Fa road without a shirt.
It’s not OK for women to go topless at Nopparat Thara beach or ANY beach in Thailand that isn’t well secluded from people.
It is not OK for you to touch Buddhist objects with your hands…
Yesterday I saw something more outrageous than even what I mentioned already…
I saw a woman at the top of the mountain at Wat Tum Sua put her bare foot up against a Buddhist statue so she could lean in further to get a better photo! Really!
I didn’t have time to pull my camera out and get the shot – but from now on I’ll have it ready everytime I go up. It’s nuts what tourists are doing all over Thailand.
Visitors to Thailand – have some respect and find out what is OK behavior and what is not. Thais’ don’t go to your country and piss on your crucifixes you know?
Krabi is full of things to do from adventure to getting comatose on a beach bar stool. Up to you.