Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Not every tourist destination is a Disneyland - some are real countries like Thailand

Even if the protests in Thailand are over now (thats what PAD announced), I am still surprised about some reaction.

In Germany the protests and even the occupation of the airport weren't in the news until some tourists were stuck in the airport.

Today CNN quotes an American: "We wish we hadn't come here at all," said Keri Gannam, a visitor from the United States, who was honeymooning in Thailand. "It's just stressful. It's taken away everything... I'm supposed to have job interviews. I missed them."@

This is just unbelievable. There are people in Thailand trying to fight for democracy (but of course is their understanding of), at least stand up against the corrupt government, and tourists are just complaining about missed flights. So we have to learn from this:

Dear North-Korean opposition (if there is any), if you are planning to make a revolution, please make sure that no tourists or cargo planes are affected.

Dear Islamic Indians, we don't hate you because you are terrorists. We just hate you for destroying our nice hotels and keeping us away from work and travel for 3 days.

Dear Chinese students, if you want to start demonstrations, please don't do it on the Great Wall (Tourists might be disturbed), not at the Tian'anmen (if so Tourisst are not able to make nice pictures) and not at any other popular places. (It worked during the Olympic Games, so what?)

Dear monks in Burma, you were so brave and good when you were walking through the streets. Thanks for not blocking anything - hmm, ok, the Swedagon Pagoda was closed by the government, so it's not your direct fault, but think about this next time.

Dear minors in Cambodia, when foreigners ask you for sex, please just shut your mouth, wait for a scholarship of a western NGO an be happy. Don't stand up for your rights (demonstrations in Angkor are a NoNo) and never, never, never tell anyone that the most people asking you for sex aren't from western countries.


Julie said...

great post, 100% agree.

Anonymous said...

your advices are all bullshit and nonesense. and shut the fuck up.

I dont know where you are from, but I assumed you country is a developped one or close to that. You know that you will complain even being biten by a mosquito and bla bla bla, but why cant those ppl complain about what they have suffered all their lives? What are so big deals by missing a flight? PPL who are demonstrating are actually risking their lives and they need to fight once for their future. You ll know how it feels when you lose everything, and dont forget to practice what u preached LOSER!

Thomas Wanhoff said...

Dear anonymus, I think you misunderstood me totally. I am 100 percent with you, what I said was ironic. I live in Asia and I was totally pissed about the tourists complaining that they missed their flights.

Sydney Hotels said...

I have a friend that was trapped in Thailand for two weeks because of the protest. But according to him, he was able to relax well since what they only do at the hotel is to eat, sleep and go swimming. What a life.... with protest.