On June 19th, a group of 38 Chinese tourists found themselves abandoned by their guides at a hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.
The group of tourists had purchased a 4-day trip to Thailand from a Chinese company for a mere 1,880 RMB, the Global Times reports.
The first two days spent in Bangkok went as scheduled. Whenever the tour guide asked the tourists to participate in activities in which they must pay extra, the group always refused. Which was too bad for the tour guide, because he would have likely received some commission on the money. In the past, other tour guides have reacted to penny-pinching tourists by throwing their bags off the bus and scolding them about morality.
When they arrived in Pattaya on the third day, the group was left in the R-Con Wong Amat Suite. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guide claimed that there was an error made by the travel agency, and they cannot check into the hotel. She left to “fix this problem” and never came back.
Someone called the Thai police early the next morning, and the police later arrested the two guides who ran off. One of the Chinese guides was found to be uncertified.
Thai netizens commented that if Chinese tourists went on an low-price trip knowingly, something like this was bound to happen. Chinese netizens pointed out that choosing to spend less isn’t illegal, but tour guides abandoning their tour is.
By Amy Yang