via HuffPost, 13 Nov 2018: Kinda expected that they wouldn’t go to jail, but the vandals will still have to pay a fine.
via HuffPost, 20181113
A Canadian woman who was arrested in northern Thailand for spraying paint on an ancient wall has avoided more jail time, but must still pay a $4,000 fine for her actions.
Brittney Schneider, who is from Grande Prairie, Alta., was arrested along with British resident Lee Furlong on Oct. 18 after they sprayed the walls of the Tha Pae Gate — part of a 13th-century structure that forms a square around Chiang Mai’s inner city.
Source: Brittney Schneider, Canadian Charged For Vandalizing Ancient Thai Wall, Won’t Face Jail Time | HuffPost Canada
via BBC and other news outlets, 19 October 2018: Two of the tourists directly responsible for vandalising the Chiang Mai Gate, a Brit and Canadian have been arrested. Their passports have been confiscated and they are waiting for their day in court.
via BBC, 20181019
A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison.
Local police said Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, has admitted defacing Tha Phae Gate in the city of Chiang Mai.
Video appears to show a man spraying “Scouser Lee” on the gate, part of which dates back to the 13th Century.
Supt Teerasak Sriprasert said Mr Furlong would be charged with “vandalising an archaeological site”.
A Canadian woman, Brittney Schneider, has also been arrested and charged with vandalism for allegedly adding her first initial to graffiti on the gate.
“They will face no more than 10 years’ jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555),” Supt Sriprasert said.
Source: Briton faces jail for spraying ‘Scouser Lee’ on Thai gate – BBC News
via Khaosaod English, 19 October 2018: Tourists behaving badly – Two tourists caught on CCTV spray painting on the ancient gates of Chiang Mai, two more at large.
Vandalism on Chiang Mai gates. Source: Bangkok Post 20181018
A Briton and Canadian face 10 years in prison and a 1 million baht fine for tagging an ancient, historical wall in Chiang Mai.
British man Lee Furlong and Canadian national Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, were arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of spray-painting a portion of the city’s Tha Phae Gate.
Security camera from a nearby cafe shows four foreigners approaching the site at about 4am on Thursday. Two of them approach the wall and one begins to spray it. Apparently realizing it was misspelled, the vandal returns to fix it to say “Scouser Lee B.”
Source: Farangs Face Hard Time for Chiang Mai Vandalism | Khaosod English
Graffiti written at Chiang Mai gate angers residents | Bangkok Post: news
via The Nation, 17 August 2018:
Foreign tourists behaving badly have again upset officials of the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
Source: Ayutthaya pagoda no place for oddball poses – The Nation
via Bangkok Post, 25 March 2018: A pair of Serbian tourists fined for taking inappropriate photos on the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Two Serbian nationals were yesterday charged with public indecency and fined 5,000 baht each over their taking of inappropriate pictures on the wall of a Phra Ubosot hall in Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, within the precinct of the Grand Palace, said the Tourist Police Bureau (TPB).
Source: Serbian pair fined after temple ‘legs’ photos spread
via Bangkok Post, 09 March 2018:
A female tourist sitting in the lap of a large Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol has attracted a lot of criticism from netizens after her photos went viral online.
Source: Woman sitting in lap of Buddha statue draws ire online
via Khmer Times, 28 Feb 2018: More tourists behaving badly at Angkor – this time a pair of Russian tourists caught taking scantily clad photos in the sacred temple complex.
The Heritage Protection Police at Angkor Wat detained two Russians for taking photos in “sexy clothes” at Preah Khan temple in the Angkor Archaeological Complex, Siem Reap province.
Source: Russian pair held for offensive photos at Angkor Wat – Khmer Times
via Bangkok Post, 26 Feb 2018: Unlike most cases of #touristsbehavingbadly, these tourists are local.
AYUTTHAYA: Five Thai tourists climbing the ruins at Wat Mahathat for pictures have been charged and will be sent to court on Tuesday.
Source: Tourists charged with climbing ruins at historic site
via Deutche Welle, 05 February 2018: Tourist steals bricks from Ayutthaya, suffers an ‘unpeaceful’ life, returns them by mail.
An envelope containing three bricks believed to be centuries old and a note in Thai was sent to the Tourism Authority of Thailand last week, said Panupong Paengkul, a tourism official in the ancient city of Ayutthaya where the bricks were reportedly stolen from. “The note indicated that the bricks should be returned to any temple in Ayutthaya because the sender had not lived a peaceful life since, but it didn’t elaborate on what had really happened,” Panupong said. “The note was written in Thai. I suspect it was translated by Google,” he added, declining to reveal the name and nationality of the sender.
Source: Tourist returns stolen bricks to Thai temple | Deutche Welle
via News.com.au, 01 September 2017: We’ve covered this story before, and this story reiterates the stiff penalties for disrespecting Buddhist traditions in Myanmar. The Russian tourist who repeatedly refused to remove her shoes while visiting the Bagan temples was sent to 6 months of prison and hard labour!
The big tourist warning for Myanmar
Source: Bagan, Myanmar: Tourist jailed for wearing shoes inside ancient city