People In Southeast Asia Are Tired Of Western “Begpackers” Asking Locals To Fund Their Travels (29 Pics)

Published 5 years ago

Everyone loves traveling to exciting new places – although it can get quite expensive. That’s why we often spend months and even years saving up for our dream holidays. However, some people choose to skip the saving part and decide to travel at the expense of others, begging for money along the way. A term “begpacking” was born to describe this unethical behavior of some people and it turns out they are a real problem in some Southeast Asian countries.

The Indonesian island of Bali got so fed up with the huge number of western “begpackers” on the streets, immigration officers started sending them to their embassies to sort out their problems. One Indonesian immigration officer said that it’s mostly Australians, the British or Russians begging on the streets. “We tend to report these cases to the relevant embassies so that they can oversee their citizens who are on holiday,” says the officer. Even though people are beginning to report these western “begpackers” to the police, there are still many out there blatantly begging for money instead of working for it.

See some of the most shameless “begpackers” in the gallery below!

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#1 Saw This Foreigner Begging To Travel To Thailand Next To An Elderly Woman Who Is Collecting Junk In Order To Resale To Survive

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#2 In A Very Working Class Neighbourhood That Has Been Especially Hard Hit By The Typhoon How You Have The Nerve To Beg For Money To Fund Your Travels Around Asia Is Completely Beyond Me

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Your new clothes and new shoes, begging for money in a wet market as people around you try to rebuild their shops and lives

#3 Begpacker In Hong Kong

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#4 Begpacker

#5 I Happen To Pass By This Area In Bukit Bintang And I Saw This Irresponsible Act By Russian Begpackers That Can Literally Cause Injury To That Poor Baby

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#6 Begpacker In Seoul

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#7 Beg Packers – Tourists Who Travel With The Intent To Beg For Money From The Locals To Fund Further Travel. Peep The Sign, Too

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#8 Initially She Started To Beg With Her Child And Picture Of Her Because Her Husband Dumped Them

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Few days later this husband pops out and they are together begging.

#9 Begpacker From Russia

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#10 Begpacker In Seoul

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#11 She Is Stil Active And Doing The Same Scam Since We Reported In May In Penang, Malaysia

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#12 Begpacker

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#13 Westerners Are Traveling Around Asia On A Shoe String Budget And Begging For Money To Fund Their Trip

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#14 Somehow Begpacking Is Becoming A Trend Among Ukrainians, Please Support Them, Share With Us When You See Them To Help These Brave Hard Working Travelers!

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#15 Begpacker Giving “Free” Hugs

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#16 They Literally Would Create Such A Gimmick Of Putting Blind Folds And Offer “Free Hugs” With A Donation Box Asking For Help To Fund Their Travels

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We can clearly see how privileged these guys are because a lot of Asian girls got so giddy about them to the point that one of them wept with joy while being bear-hugged by one of them. Welp, I guess this is becoming a trend now…

#17 What Ever Happened To “Free Hugs”?

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#18 Begpacker In Seoul

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#19 His Signs Reads: “You Can Hug Me For Free And If You Want You Can Support My Trip And Leave Some Donation Let’s Hug”

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What makes this guy think anyone wants to hug him? And to pay him for it? Pssh nah bro, get a job like the rest of us

#20 Yesterday I Saw These Blindfolded Travellers Asking For Money In One Of The Most Transited Areas Of The Shopping District Of Kuala Lumpur

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Travelling is a choice, and not only a choice but a luxurious one. When you choose to travel, to leave your confort zone and explore the world you might feel yourself as an adventurer, and you might be one, you are one among your group of privileged people. If you can actively decide to leave everything behind, take a backpack and wonder the world, it is because you have a social structure that allows you to do it. You do it because most likely your family does not need your work force to be sustained, you do it because even after months or years of travel, you can go back to a safe place were your “Struggles” as a backpacker will only be a nice memory of the times when you decided to get out of your confort zone and “Live”. I have no troubles with the people that decide to travel and perform an art, entertain people, and from that keep travelling, or finding a part time job in different places to keep going, as long as it is legal. When I was living in oxford I had a licence to perform in the streets and I was registered as a legal busker as a side activity. I have also performed in bars and hostels in exchange of a beer or an extra free night. I have done hardcore backpacking myself, and if it wasn’t for the dozens of people that have let me stayed with them or that have helped me in other ways, I wouldn’t have been able to live as many experiences. But I have never pretended that people should give me free money to keep travelling, to keep doing what the majority of the people in this planet will never be able to do, not because they don’t want to but because they can’t. I have always had enough to sustain myself, I plan and save for years for my travels

#21 Begpacker Near Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

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#22 Begpackers Spotted In Hoi An

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#23 Begpackers In Asia

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#24 Begpacker

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#25 Begpackers In Thailand

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#26 Begpacker

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#27 Begpacker In Seoul

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#28 Begpacker

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#29 Begpacker

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