Bits and BobsChinese tourists are flocking to popular sites in Thailand in Thai school uniforms for photos.

School daze: Chinese tourists don Thai school uniforms

Tourists risk getting fined 1,000 baht for wearing a school uniform.
Tourists risk getting fined 1,000 baht for wearing a school uniform. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/oneinchpunch

In the latest fad sweeping across Phuket, Chinese tourists are dressing up in Thai school uniforms, much to the chagrin of local authorities.

Chinese tourists have been spotted taking photos of themselves dressed in Thai school uniforms at landmarks such as Museum Phuket and Chiang Mai University, where administrators were forced to set up facilities to accommodate these tourists.

This bizarre trend was reportedly inspired by Thai romantic comedies such as "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the Chinese comedy film "Lost in Thailand."

Though it seems innocuous enough, those jumping aboard the bandwagon may find some legal repercussions. Thai lawyer, Ratchapon Sirisakorn, warned Chinese tourists that wearing a student uniform without a valid reason could result in a fine of 1,000 baht (US$30) under the Student Uniform Act.

He further suggested that tourists avoid embodying any messages on the uniforms or only embody their names to avoid legal charges and fines.

Despite the warning, the trend has become popular among Chinese tourists in cities like Bangkok and Phuket, which is currently experiencing a significant number of Thai and foreign visitors.

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