Two tier pricing: Thai temple slammed for ripping off tourists

Two tier pricing: Thai temple slammed for ripping off tourists



Picture: Chiang Mai News


Thai netizens have laid into a temple in Chiang Mai who are charging a 50 baht admission fee just for foreign tourists.


A poster on Facebook - Aronong Silvestra - said they came across the box at the temple of Wat Suwan in Muang district of Chiang Mai. The box was in addition to a regular "donation box".


Aronong said it was not appropriate for religious and cultural sites like this to charge foreigners as they were not there to make a profit. 


Chiang Mai News said that many agreed with the sentiments. But others said that in foreign countries religious and cultural sites charge non-residents to visit aiding in the upkeep of such sites. 


They said that many temples in Chiang Mai were now doing this. 


A spokesman at the temple - Sawan Khwaenthaisong - was shown smiling in a video explaining what foreigners got for their 50 baht.


They were given a small bottle of water and an information leaflet. And those who came inappropriately dressed got a sarong. 


And they got a lovely little sticker, too. 


He assured the reporter - who appeared less sure - that every baht from the tourists would go to the upkeep of the temple. 


Thaivisa notes that many Thais and foreigners are not fooled by some temples and their charges - many believe that funds garnered in this way end up in the hands of unscrupulous people such as monks and lay figures who get rich on the proceeds.


Source: Chiang Mai News




-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-01-28



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