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Run out of money? Here’s the ‘how to’ guide to Begpacking.

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“Aren’t you technically homeless? Why shouldn’t YOU cash in too. Why shouldn’t other people pay for you to travel? Begpacking (or beg packing) is a way for backpackers like you to earn money while you travel by begging for money or busking around the world.”

Thailand has its fair share of ‘beg packers’ each year – young travellers who apparently run out of money and end up on the streets, begging for additional funds to continue their travel. They come in two sizes – the ones that are simply sitting and begging and the others that are busking or doing something to earn some coin.

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Begpackers really get a big response on social media. Some netizens say ‘leave them alone, they’re not hurting anyone’. Others call them pariahs and ‘should be sent back to where they came from’. Still others think they should be ‘discouraged’ with local police attention and fines.

In a Buddhist country the culture of ‘giving’ to the poor or less-fortunate is engrained. Sociologists believe that western travellers sometimes take advantage of Thai’s good nature when travelling around the Kingdom.

But now there’s actually a website that shows people how to ‘beg pack’ with the article titled…

BEGPACKING: How to pay for your travels by begging and busking

Everyone wants to travel around the world. Why wouldn’t they? Traveling is the best way to spend your teens and early twenties before you get too old to enjoy yourself. The problem with traveling though is that you need money to do it, no matter how cheap you are. And most of us don’t have a ton of money because we either quit our job to travel or never had a job in the first place. But don’t let a little thing like money stand in between you and your dream ‘round the world trip’. Need cash to travel? There’s a new way to get it: begpacking.

Run out of money? Here's the 'how to' guide to Begpacking. | News by The Thaiger
These two begpackers rounded up and fined by police three times in Krabi, Phuket and Bangkok

The article is mostly upbeat encouraging potential begpackers to earn the offerings made by passers-by. But suggestion Number 5 is to, well, just beg!

5. Just Beg for Money

You don’t need to busk to make money while begpacking on your travels. All you have to do is beg. Sit on a street corner, put out an empty cap or coffee cup, and start asking for money. It sometimes helps to have a cardboard sign that explains that you are backpacking abroad and need money to continue traveling.

Or something like, ‘HELP US FULFILL OUR DREAM!’ or ‘WORLD TRAVELERS NEED YOUR HELP!’ Everyone loves a sob story about how desperate your situation is. Locals will feel sorry for the foreigner trapped in a strange country and offer up anything they can spare. Other backpackers will feel your pain and will surely give you a few bucks of local currency. And other non-backpacker travelers will probably throw you a couple of bucks because they will give to any beggar they see.

Thailand has photos of begpackers being snapped and posted onto social media often enough. Here are a couple of eastern European begpackers that were caught by police three times in Krabi and parts of Phuket, last seen in Bangkok, trying the same trick.


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Village leaders try to track down rubbish dumpers

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Tourists in Krabi have found construction rubbish being dumped 4 metres from Hat Baan Laem Pong in Krabi District.

Two big piles of rubbish had been dumped close to the Hat Baan Laem Pong. The village headman has trying to identify the rubbish dumpers.

Cement bags and blocks were found in amongst the piles. The Headman is worried as many tourists are travelling around the area as there are five stars hotels and the rubbish is unsightly.

Villager headman Somsak Tepbut inspected the area with media in tow. He says that local volunteers are always collecting rubbish along the two kilometre stretch of the beach.

“Rubbish dumpers usually visit during the night. We are checking the rubbish and searching for them to face legal action.”

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French couple get lost in the Krabi mountains

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More than 20 officers were searching more than four hour for two French tourists who got lost in the Panom Benja Mountains in Krabi yesterday.

They were both eventually found, hungry and thirsty, but safe.

Krabi City Police, the Krabi Tourist Police, soldiers and Krabi forestry officers were searching for the French tourist couple, 44 year male Desmarest Cristophe Paul Henri and 34 year old female Schmor Muriel.

They both went for a nature hike at Huai Toe Waterfall in Panom Benja National Park in Mueang Krabi and became lost. Officers took more than four hour to find both tourists.

They were weak and thirsty. Officers gave them food and drink before taking them back to their accommodation.

Lt Col Attapon Sansukja of the Krabi City Police says, “The couple were staying in Krabi City since Saturday. They rented a motorbike and drove to Huai Toe Waterfall. They headed off on a walk for about five kilometres from the National Park office. After that they became lost.

They sent a message to their friends for help on their phones. Luckily they still had a mobile signal whilst on their walk.”

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The Krabi Highway Office plans to take further legal action against a hotel in Krabi today for allegedly dumping garbage on a roadside in Muang district.

Rab Nga-fah, chief of the Tambon Sai Thai Administrative Organisation, asked the office to take legal action against the Vogue Resort & Spa Ao Nang, a hotel in Tambon Ao Nang of Muang district.

Rab said that a huge pile of garbage bags was found on the side of Ao Nam Mao-Ao Nang road near the Krabi sports stadium earlier today.

Workers found receipts and purchase orders among the garbage issued in the name of Vogue Resort & Spa, indicating the garbage came from the hotel.

Rab said he wanted police to take legal action against the hotel to warn other hotels and resorts against illegal dumping.

Nattanon Chankong, deputy director of the Krabi Highway Office, said he would hand over the evidence found in the garbage bags to police when filing the complaint.

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