DO’S AND DON’TS FOR THAI TOURISTS IN JAPAN

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don’t put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. And if driving, stop for pedestrians at cross walks.

The advice is part of a new online manners guide the embassy has posted on its Facebook page in response to criticism on social media about “inappropriate” behavior of Thai tourists in Japan. The Facebook post has been shared and liked more than 1,000 times.

The list of 10 do’s and don’ts — most of which are don’ts — offers advice on escalator etiquette, use of mobile phones in public and how to approach salespeople when shopping.

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More than 450,000 Thais visited Japan last year, and the number is forecast to increase this year due to Japan lifting visa requirements for Thais.

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