The following is our regular feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and get their insight and opinions. We then share their feedback about a week later and pick a variety of diverse and interesting responses.
This week, we want to ask:
Should Foreign Tour Guides Be Allowed to Legally Work in Thailand?
Some context around this question:
This weekend, angry Thai tour guides across Thailand met with relevant authorities demanding a crackdown on what they say is a massive amount of illegal foreign tour guides working in tourist areas like Phuket and Pattaya.
Tour guides have long been a protected Thai only occupation and a foreigner cannot even get a work permit to be one.
However, critics say that many tourists from countries like Russia, India, and China prefer guides from their own countries who speak their own language fluently and understand their customers culture. Thai tour guides say No Way, Jose, stating that a foreigner could not possibly understand Thai culture to properly show tourists guided locations.
So…what do you think? Should it be allowed? Should the laws be changed? Perhaps could a middle ground be found?