When you’re planning a vacation, it’s essential to learn more about local laws that can be really harsh even when they’re applied to foreign tourists. In some countries, it’s possible to end up in jail because of collecting small seashells or from a poppy seed found on your sandwich.
1. Collecting seashells, feeding fish, and carrying playing cards with you in Thailand
You can easily get into jail in sunny Thailand by just collecting some beautiful seashells and corals on the beach. Russian tourists bought some souvenirs from the local market and were taken into custody and faced real jail time. The girls opted to pay $2,000 each rather than spend a whole year in jail because of buying some seashells.
In Thailand, tourists are prohibited not only from gathering seashells but from feeding fish living in waters where corals grow as well. You can be imprisoned for 1 year for this crime. For example, a tourist was arrested when she was trying to feed colorful fish to take a picture with them. She was released later thanks to the help of diplomats but she had to pay a fine anyway.
If you decide to play cards while sunbathing, you may want to rethink things. A local law released in 1935 prohibits the possession of more than 120 playing cards. So you can be imprisoned if you’re caught with more than 2 card decks or if you have become a suspect of gambling.