A new decree requires that sea bathers in Thailand use “machines” for changing. The decree also requires full length swimming suits and bans “wet burkini” contests and other lewd behavior on the beaches.
The bathing machine is a simple, and highly practical device, widely used on European beaches until the First World War (when they were all confiscated for use on the Western Front). Essentially its a shed on wheels, with one door at one end and another door at the other end. The machine is parked near the road, the tourists enter and change into their swimming suits while the operators push the machine down into the water where the tourist can step down to enjoy the sea.
The machine in Pictures
The French are different
Pandering to Islam?
There has been speculation that the new measures are to placate Muslim separatists that have been setting off bombs at seaside resorts. However, Private Tye has discovered that is part of the campaign for “Thainess” and that the police are more concerned about topless men than women. This follows from four men being arrested for being topless at Chiang Mai's Songkran festival earlier this year.