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5 Things to know about Chinese tourism in Thailand 
ThaiVisa interning journalist: Sara Mellouk 

 

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3.7 Million Chinese tourists landed on Thai ground in January this year. That’s around 4.8% more than last year. ThaiVisa acknowledged this significant increase and was wondering what the implications of this were, so here are 5 things you should know about Chinese tourism:  

 

1. Shopping: This one has to do with the fact that Chinese people are always looking out for the best deals out there. In China, cosmetic products for example are usually more expensive than in the rest of the world and since the average Chinese tourist is considered to be a middle-class spender, Thailand is a great destination for those people who are always looking for bargain.

 

2. Behaving in public: Speaking too loudly in public is one of the most popular stereotypes about Chinese people on holiday. Especially young Chinese are becoming more and more aware of this and are now starting to show a different behavior while being on vacation, nevertheless the older generation is still sticking to the old habits.

 

3. Economic boom: We have all heard before how China’s economy has been growing fast these last years. This also had an impact on the number of tourists coming from China to Thailand. In fact, the growth rate of tourists spending their vacation in Thailand is almost equivalent to the economic growth rate of the country.

 

4. Passport Ownership: The percentage of Chinese citizens that actually hold a passport is very low, but we should consider here the massive population of this huge Country. Less than 10% of Chinese people possess a Passport, this makes it a total of around 135 Million people (and counting) able to travel to Thailand and other parts of the world.

 

5. New Technology instead of travel agencies: Forget about the groups of Chinese tourists wondering around the city and following a guide holding a flag. The future of Chinese tourism looks very different than that. The new generation prefers organizing trips independently on the internet. The most used platforms for that are Ctrip, eLong.com and Mangocity.com, according to a latest China online travel booking report by iResearch.

 

With the demographic and economic growth along with the switch to digital travel planning, comes a different style of spending vacations abroad. As Forbes Magazine wrote, there are five main categories of Chinese travelers at the moment one of them being the sporty/adventurous traveler, the solo female traveler or female friends travelers, as well as the multigenerational groups and travelers looking for a unique culinary experience in an another country, not forgetting the typical business traveler. 

 

Other than the fact that the modern Chinese traveler no longer fits in with the traditional clichés about him, the Thai economy also benefits from the revenues that the Chinese tourism generates and this even more than it does from westerners, something sited by Thai hoteliers.  

 

This article was written by Sara Mellouk. Sara is an intern at ThaiVisa-The Nation in Thailand, coming from Morocco, currently doing her Bachelor’s Degree in Germany in Economics and Media science.
 

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6) They make a point of congregating in the middle of footpaths and doorways/entrances to cause maximum disruption to everyone around them. Smoking and spitting gives bonus points

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7. Have one guy stand in line to the checkout while the rest of the group can continue their shopping. Once the guy reach the checkout counter, the rest of the group returns with 20 more baskets of stuff. Leaving the people behind furious. This practice is also common at check-in lines at airports.

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I think they should have added the following.
They don't come here for sex, like many farangs.

They don't walk around half naked, covered with tattoos.

They don't get drunk and get into fights.

They are not criminals on the run.
There are respectively dressed.
The number of Chinese in prison in Thailand is far less than any other nation, considering its population

a lot of them come to Thailand to see the sea for the first time, particularly those far away from it

personally, I prefer them to a lot of the riffraff farangs who come here.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, SammyT said:

6) They make a point of congregating in the middle of footpaths and doorways/entrances to cause maximum disruption to everyone around them. Smoking and spitting gives bonus points

When in tour groups this is very true. They literally totally block the sidewalks. Sadly I don't enjoy strong arming them to get through that nearly as much as I enjoy sitting on Russians that won't yield space in baht buses. But I refuse to cave to such tactic -- they are not going to force me to walk in the street!

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Toilet hygiene/etiquette -something marvellous.

I'm fascinated.

Coming from Australia and seeing sprayers next to toilet bowls in Thailand I first found amusing. 

We have our stereotypes and what a wonderful world to have a mixture of toilet routines.

Visiting China was an eye opener and a game changer.

 

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5 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

7. Have one guy stand in line to the checkout while the rest of the group can continue their shopping. Once the guy reach the checkout counter, the rest of the group returns with 20 more baskets of stuff. Leaving the people behind furious. This practice is also common at check-in lines at airports.

Yes, I have come across this, I just don't let them in.   They are not ones for a confrontation when faced with a mad as hell farang. 

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28 minutes ago, gamini said:

I think they should have added the following.
They don't come here for sex, like many farangs.

They don't walk around half naked, covered with tattoos.

They don't get drunk and get into fights.

They are not criminals on the run.
There are respectively dressed.
The number of Chinese in prison in Thailand is far less than any other nation, considering its population

a lot of them come to Thailand to see the sea for the first time, particularly those far away from it

personally, I prefer them to a lot of the riffraff farangs who come here.

 

 

 

 

Harsh but fair enough. 

 

The noise thing has bothered me in the past... Sleeping on a lounger on a beach with a girl 2m behind me bellowing out to her friend at the waters edge - She probably thinks British people like to tell everyone to ‘SHUT UP’ !!...

 

In reality, any group of tourists travelling en-masse are going to become disliked as they become tarred by the image of a misbehaving few.  For the most part the criticism thrown at the the majority of the Chinese tourists is unfair and as with Western Expact the criticism (dirty old scrounging Chang vest wearing sex-pat) is only befitting of a very small but visible minority. 

 

 

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As for #1 on the list Shopping - many Chinese use their foreign trips to buy goods they can resell at home for a tidy profit. Cosmetics and Personal goods are often fake or poor quality so they can easily resell foreign made products. Buy 4 Louis Vuitton bags and resell them at home to pay for your trip. I once saw a Chinese guy in Japan filling a rather large rolling suitcase with as much liquor as he could fit in - all high priced Scotch.

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3 hours ago, gamini said:

There are respectively dressed.

When you use big words to try to make yourself sound more photosynthesis...

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46 minutes ago, phkauf said:

As for #1 on the list Shopping - many Chinese use their foreign trips to buy goods they can resell at home for a tidy profit. Cosmetics and Personal goods are often fake or poor quality so they can easily resell foreign made products. Buy 4 Louis Vuitton bags and resell them at home to pay for your trip. I once saw a Chinese guy in Japan filling a rather large rolling suitcase with as much liquor as he could fit in - all high priced Scotch.

but yet you’re only allowed 1 litre in Chinese customs 

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12 hours ago, SammyT said:

6) They make a point of congregating in the middle of footpaths and doorways/entrances to cause maximum disruption to everyone around them. Smoking and spitting gives bonus points

The farang backpackers her in CM are giving the Chinese a run for their money in this group

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The article is B/S, written by a Moroccan living in Germany, how the heck does she know what really goes on with Chinese tourists in Thailand, needs to come over for some first hand experience.

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13 hours ago, SammyT said:

6) They make a point of congregating in the middle of footpaths and doorways/entrances to cause maximum disruption to everyone around them. Smoking and spitting gives bonus points

I barged through a crowd of about 30 in Tesco yesterday...stood right in the walkway...shouted and pushed the trolley at them, soon got out the way, the girl in Svensons looked and smiled at me.

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13 hours ago, webfact said:

Behaving in public: Speaking too loudly in public is one of the most popular stereotypes about Chinese people on holiday. Especially young Chinese are becoming more and more aware of this and are now starting to show a different behavior while being on vacation, nevertheless the older generation is still sticking to the old habits.

They've missed out having a pony & trap in public .. 

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15 minutes ago, baansgr said:

I barged through a crowd of about 30 in Tesco yesterday...stood right in the walkway...shouted and pushed the trolley at them, soon got out the way, the girl in Svensons looked and smiled at me.

How rude. You have deliberately sunk below their unintentional standards.

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14 hours ago, webfact said:

Passport Ownership: The percentage of Chinese citizens that actually hold a passport is very low, but we should consider here the massive population of this huge Country. Less than 10% of Chinese people possess a Passport,

Thank God for that .. 

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Ignorance and intolerance are two things everybody in the world are capable of. I have travelled to over 50 countries so far in my life time and every country has its UNIQUE behaviours. Don't blame other nationalities for your own intolerance, Loud talk, spitting, pushing in queues,drunkedness,demeaning other people I could go on with a whole list of individual traits. But what I will say is what makes your behaviuor the right one.

As the good book says "Let he is without sin cast the first stone" We are the sum of our enviroment and up bringing. In the so called capitalist and educated countries you now get attacked by educated and middle /upper class people who are OFF THEIR FACE WITH ICE. they don't annoy you they kill or maim you. 

 

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6- Chinese receive special treatment from thai authorities bc Thai government scares from China and do what China says.

     And foreigners usually get shit when compared.

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23 hours ago, baansgr said:

I barged through a crowd of about 30 in Tesco yesterday...stood right in the walkway...shouted and pushed the trolley at them, soon got out the way, the girl in Svensons looked and smiled at me.

Good. You certainly taught them what proper behavior looks like. 

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On 3/5/2019 at 2:20 PM, gamini said:

I think they should have added the following.
They don't come here for sex, like many farangs.

They don't walk around half naked, covered with tattoos.

They don't get drunk and get into fights.

They are not criminals on the run.
There are respectively dressed.
The number of Chinese in prison in Thailand is far less than any other nation, considering its population

a lot of them come to Thailand to see the sea for the first time, particularly those far away from it

personally, I prefer them to a lot of the riffraff farangs who come here. 

 

 

 

Actually, many do. Go check out Ratchada. Full of Chinese businessmen going there for sex.


Don't get drunk and get into fights? Go to Sihanoukville and see what is happening at the many Chinese owned casinos there, with not a farang (barang) in sight.

 

Many Chinese criminal networks have been found to operate in Thailand and other neighboring countries. Many of them are involved in internet type businesses/online gambling/telemarketing etc. scamming their countrymen back home. Just do a search on this very forum to see some of the many news articles about their activities here.

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