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    Foreigner Drinking Beer at Chiang Mai Temple Sparks Heated Debate

    Pictures of a foreigner carrying and drinking beer at a Chiang Mai temple during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-visit chaís have sparked debate online, raising concerns about the Prime Ministerís security detail.


    Images released on Saturday show an Asian man holding an open can of beer and two more in a clear plastic bag, just meters away from the premierís security personnel at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Others clearly show him drinking from cans on the grounds of the famous temple in Muang district.


    Social media users wondered how someone managed to bring alcoholic beverages onto temple grounds, which is illegal. They also inquired as to why the prime ministerís bodyguards appeared unconcerned about the violation.

    According to a temple source, while strict security is usually present to deal with such incidents, local guards were scaled back and assigned to specific stations during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-visit chaís to make way for his personal security personnel.

    The temple source told the Bangkok Post that a lapse in monitoring was possible due to the special circumstances of the day, but that stricter precautions would be taken. Nearby vendors will also be reminded that buyers are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages onto the temple grounds.

    Foreigner Drinking Beer At Chiang Mai Temple Sparks Heated Debate

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
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    So, the guy wasn't Thai? Because . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    So, the guy wasn't Thai? Because . . .
    He had no thai id card, he had a foreign passport and he couldnt speak a word of thai.

    Thats why.

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    The guys are Chinese mainlanders 100% look at their clothes. The girl may be Thai though.

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    Does this illegal to drink on temple grounds thing apply to all temples or just famous temples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    He had no thai id card, he had a foreign passport and he couldnt speak a word of thai.

    Thats why.
    Where does it tell you that in the article or the site?

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    I'd prefer My Chang to their PM anyday

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    They also inquired as to why the prime minister’s bodyguards appeared unconcerned about the violation.
    I'd assume its not the prime minister’s bodyguards job, and that they wouldn't allow a silly distraction that could lead them to not be protecting the PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Where does it tell you that in the article or the site?
    Thai language press and social media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Where does it tell you that in the article or the site?
    How else would it first be established that an asian man was not thai, other than by speaking to him in Thai?

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    Cyrille, we are dealing with one of TDs dimmer bulbs, we should respect his many special needs and cut the retarded oaf some slack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Cyrille, we are dealing with one of TDs dimmer bulbs, we should respect his many special needs and cut the retarded oaf some slack.
    It's not that he's (just) dim, it's that he'll automatically side against anything you post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    He had no thai id card, he had a foreign passport and he couldnt speak a word of thai.

    Thats why.
    Could of been worse . Could of been
    some some shorts, socks n sandals wearing chav with teeth that the nhf would struggle to fix. Definitely wouldn't of been an aussie, we aren't that ignorant to be drinking in a temple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLD View Post
    … drinking in a temple.
    I’ll bet no gambling is allowed on temple grounds either …

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    Amongst the worst drinking I've ever seen in Isaan was at a Temple during the evenings as part of the four day funeral 'rites' ?

    This was the main reason I long ago told the wife that I'd never go to an 'alcohol' funeral involving her family.

    Sadly, they don't happen often enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Amongst the worst drinking I've ever seen in Isaan was at a Temple during the evenings as part of the four day funeral 'rites' ?
    I've been to some incredible events at temples as well. Gambling, drinking and smoking, all happening on hallowed ground. The monks never were around though, I'm sure they were asleep at o'dark 30, not changed in to regular clothes so they wouldn't be caught having fun.

    One Song Kran, a Thai fellow drove myself and another farang around from temple to temple sampling the parties. My gf at the time tracked me down and rescued me before I passed out.

    These were small temples out in the country though....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    How else would it first be established that an asian man was not thai, other than by speaking to him in Thai?
    I don't know, cyrille . . . it was never mentioned that it was established in the first place . . . which was the reason for my question in the first place.

    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Thai language press and social media.
    Show us where then or you're just making shit up.


    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    It's not that he's (just) dim, it's that he'll automatically side against anything you post.
    So, when my question was asked right after the article post I am somehow 'siding against' Tax's possible reply? Speaking of dim . . .


    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Cyrille, we are dealing with one of TDs dimmer bulbs, we should respect his many special needs and cut the retarded oaf some slack.
    Why do you need to drag a thread down every time you post? Simple question asked and the nyour vacuous answer . . . followed by your usual crap supported by the admin-gone-spazz.

    Well done
    Last edited by panama hat; 21-03-2023 at 12:40 PM. Reason: edit sp.

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    The Thai addiction to hypocrisy is of course quite nauseating, and one of the main reasons why I detest their society, but they do hate getting called out on it.
    They're full of shit and this crap about their temples is just more social stratification preserving the status of the monks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    They're full of shit and this crap about their temples is just more social stratification preserving the status of the monks.
    It could have been worse...it could have been at a Catholic church. Everyone know what priests are like....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Amongst the worst drinking I've ever seen in Isaan was at a Temple during the evenings as part of the four day funeral 'rites' ?

    This was the main reason I long ago told the wife that I'd never go to an 'alcohol' funeral involving her family.

    Sadly, they don't happen often enough.
    Don’t forget the drunk fest the monk ordination ceremony turns into after breakfast is served …

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