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Tour guide sought for leading tourists to sneak into temple without paying entrance fees

A complaint was lodged with Ayutthaya police by tourism officials and tourist police against a Thai tour guide who led a group of about 30 Chinese tourists to sneak into the Wat Srisanpetch by climbing over the temple's wall without pay entrance fees.

The incident took place on May 5 and it was recorded in a video clip by temple officials.

A local patrolling police officer surprised the tourists as they were scaling the temple's wall and engaged in an argument with the tour guide, identified later as Mr Pratyatorn Chanthayanont who eventually agreed to buy entry tickets for the tour group.

Mr Aeksara Suebsahapob, a tourism official, however, said although the tour guide had paid the entrance fees afterward, the latter had already committed an offence liable to a maximum fine of 5,000 baht.

Accompanied by tourist police, he lodged a complaint with police in Ayutthaya so that legal action could be taken against the guide.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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