Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: As thousands of Chinese descend upon the island each week, it is hard to ignore the xenophobic and often crude comments made about their behavior, spending habits and general demeanor.

A recent video showing dozens of Chinese tourists stampeding a Chiang Mai buffet and using their plates to shovel up two to three plates of prawns their way highlighted the differences between their culture and many others, as well as garnered many snide remarks.

As a traveller, one must study the different cultures of the places we visit so as not to offend locals. But how many of us have thoroughly done so?

To scoff at some Chinese tourists’ behavior, or anyone of a different culture, is to believe that...

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