Dodger wrote:these buses spewing huge plumes of black smoke all over the place.
I believe those buses are among the most major sources of the air pollution, if not the
major source. The fact that there seems to be no enforcement of emission standards on these buses is on my "I Don't Get It List."
Thailand is making a serious effort to attract these Chinese tourists - the very same tourists who have to be given pamphlets explaining how to behave. Many of these clueless people have caused problems in Thailand by their behavior, but for whatever reason Thailand seems to want them anyway. I don't understand why. As far as I can tell they spend as little money as they can get away with. Is Thailand really making an enormous amount of money by their presence?
Obviously the tour bus problems are not the fault of the tourists themselves, but why Thai authorities seem to just look the other way at the problems such as the pollution, the traffic problems, parking the buses anywhere they please despite the existence of designated bus parking areas, incompetent bus drivers, etc. goes beyond me.
When noticeable numbers of these tour buses first started appearing it was not much more than an occasional annoyance. But now there are so many, and the number of buses continues to grow, it has gone far beyond being an annoyance and has reached the level of serious problem - a problem the authorities appear to be perfectly content to ignore.