Survey shows Chiang Mai Residents Unhappy with Chinese Tourists (update)

 | Mon 24 Feb 2014 14:51 ICT

CityNews – Many Chiang Mai residents are reportedly displeased with the behaviour of Chinese tourists visiting their city. 

That was the conclusion of a survey taken by the Institute for Social Research based in Chiang Mai University earlier this month. The institute is now planning on conveying their results to provincial agencies, who will decide whether further action will be needed.

The online questionnaire was taken through the social network site Facebook and completed by 2.220 locals. The substantial amount of negative responses regarding the conduct of Chinese tourists led to the conclusion that they were an irritation to the community. The citizens of the fastest growing economy nation are perceived to show a lack of respect to the rules and regulations at public places, as well as tourist attractions.

In recent years there has been a rapid influx of Chinese tourists, hitting a new peak last year with 4.7 million in Thailand. Up until now no actions have been taken by the Thai Ministry of Tourism but the rising number of dissatisfied locals may give the government no choice but to take certain measures.