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During a family trip to Thailand, the historic city of Sukothai was also visited. By bike we visited the ruins in this ancient city, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It was, as always in the tropics, a hot and humid day. Despite that, there are different dress codes in Thailand than ours, which we also have to abide by. That’s why I was always very clear about wearing covering clothes during the trip. Especially when visiting temples, the dress code was essential. That didn’t stop an 18-year-old boy from the group from taking his shirt off while exploring the ruins in Sukothai. When I spoke to him about it, he thought it was his own business, what he was wearing and what he wasn’t wearing. And we weren’t visiting temples, were we, we were visiting ruins? Later I heard from the group that he was approached by the park authorities about the dress code and that he eventually put on his shirt. Sometimes the persuasion of a tour guide is not enough and you need some help from outsiders. We are guests in the country we visit and therefore it is only natural to adapt to the standards and values that apply there.

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