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We spent a month in Thailand, November-December ’03, traveling with a Thai woman who was very offended when, at the temples, monuments and ruins, tourists would jump up and stand behind statues of Buddha that were missing the heads in order to have comical pictures taken. The guards at the ruins spend a lot of time shooing people off the walls and statues.

We’ve seen this happen at many places we’ve traveled to in Asia and, to be fair, it isn’t just the Americans who do it.

MARY JOHNSON
St. Paul, MN

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We spent a month in Thailand, November-December ’03, traveling with a Thai woman who was very offended when, at the temples, monuments and ruins, tourists would jump up and stand behind statues of Buddha that were missing the heads in order to have comical pictures taken. The guards at the ruins spend a lot of time shooing people off the walls and statues.

We’ve seen this happen at many places we’ve traveled to in Asia and, to be fair, it isn’t just the Americans who do it.

MARY JOHNSON
St. Paul, MN