“Begpackers,” people who travel to a foreign country and beg for money from the locals to fund their vacation, has become such a problem in Indonesia that Bali immigration has created a plan to bring all foreigners caught doing this act to their respective embassies.
Setyo Budiwardoyo, an official from Ngurah Rai’s Immigration Office, expressed the problem of growing numbers of foreigners causing problems in the country while speaking to Indonesian news site Detik News via Coconuts Bali.
A revolting video recently emerged on social media featuring a group of begpackers (travelers who ask for handouts to fund their travels) using a real baby as a prop during a bizarre “street performance” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Facebook user, Zayl Chia Abdulla captured the tourists on film doing the inexplicable act in the streets of Bukit Bintang and uploaded the clip on Saturday.
A pair of Asian travelers were spotted in the Thailand province of Sa Kaeo on Thursday after being inspired by Western “beg-packers.”
Beg-packing is the practice of traveling Westerners in Southeast Asia without money, and then asking donations from strangers.
A man, reportedly from Ukraine, became a viral sensation after a video of him selling photos of himself to fund a flight back home was uploaded on Facebook.
The video of the “cute” begpacker was taken at Hat Yai’s Greenway Market on Wednesday night by Facebook user TaiiwaN’ Yanawimuti, who urged people to share it and help get the man back to his home country.