All travellers know that navigating different cultures can often be a daunting task. Knowing the customs, the language and when you're at risk of offending someone are all key when living abroad.
Take for instance this man living in Thailand, identified only as "Jeff," who had an unfortunate run-in with a monk. In an altercation caught on video, a monk is seen slapping Jeff hard across the face.
According to Pui Pupriew, the person who allegedly filmed the incident on a train in early December and posted it to social media, the monk thought Jeff had called him a rude name, and retaliated.
While it is not completely clear what transpired beforehand (no pun intentended), English language local news site Bangkok Coconut attempts to shed some light on the incident. They report that two women asked Jeff to give up his seat on the train and sit next to the monk instead, since women are forbidden from having physical contact with the monks. Jeff obliged, and moved across the train car toRead More »from Monk slaps English teacher over train seat confusion in Thailand