American Couple Arrested In Thailand After Exposing Buttocks At Sacred Bangkok Temple


A married couple from San Diego was reportedly arrested at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport on Tuesday after authorities discovered that the two men had exposed their buttocks at the Wat Arun Buddhist temple, and then shared the photo on Twitter and Instagram.

Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38-years-old, are facing charges of public nudity, an offense which carried a fine of up to 5,000 baht ($153).

Thailand has strict laws on behavior considered disrespectful and offensive to its Buddhist religion, reports BBC.

“Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation,” said Col Choengron Rimpadee, the deputy spokesman of the Thai immigration police.

“They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand.”

“Respect for places of cultural, historical and religious importance [is important] because it is simply good manners,” said Police Colonel Choengron.