THAILAND – Two American men who were reportedly honeymooning in Thailand were detained after they shared photos of their exposed butts taken at two famous Bangkok temples. That’s right, they were busted for mooning during their honeymoon.
The pair, Joseph and Travis DaSilva of San Diego, both 38, were arrested at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok in late November, just days after they uploaded photos of their exposed butts to Instagram, the Bangkok Post reported; the photos were taken at Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho temples.
“They were detained as they were about to leave Thailand,” said Col. Cherngron Rimpadee, an immigration police spokesman. Moreover, the colonel said the couple was on a “watch list” after their social media posts caught authorities’ attention.
“Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation,” he said, according to the BBC. “They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand.”
He added that the two men admitted to taking down their pants and posing for photos at the temples.
The DaSilva’s were charged with getting naked in public and fined $150 apiece. However, some Thai officials have told the media that there could be more serious charges. Officials are now seeking court approval to prosecute them on the Computer Crime Act for uploading pornographic pictures, Col. Jarupat Thongkomol said from the police station near the temple, Agence France-Press reported. As a result, they were threatened with jail time.
The couple was in Thailand for a honeymoon one year after getting married, according to San Diego’s NBC 7.
Travis and Joseph Dasilva were charged with getting naked in public — a violation of Thai criminal law.https://t.co/gX2X9Y6Gm8
— KYTV News (@kytvnews) December 1, 2017
San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez said the men reached out to her for assistance. “Though I am very disappointed in their actions, I am talking to U.S. government officials to see what assistance we can give them,” Murray-Ramirez told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
According to several Twitter reports, the two American men have returned to the U.S.
News Flash about Flashers!!!
The Traveling Butt boys that were arrested in #Thailand for mooning outside a #Buddhist temple have been released after spending more than week in jail. The #Gay couple are headed back to #SanDiego with their behinds covered.https://t.co/XrMGcpg3Ef pic.twitter.com/nyficnMJQc
— MarkRossMainer (@MarkRossMainer) December 10, 2017
Wat Arun and Wat Pho, known to many travelers as the home of the golden reclining Buddha, are considered two of the holiest places in Thailand, according to Fox News.
According to reports, this is not the first time the couple has posted mooning images online. The now-deleted Instagram account, @traveling_butts, followed their adventures across the globe with pictures of their bare bottoms at famous tourist sites around the world.
While some of the posts seemed harmless, the photos of the two men in Thailand triggered an intense backlash once they went viral, news.com.au reported.
In 2015, two American women were arrested, fined and deported for taking nude photographs inside Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex.
The DaSilva’s are the latest Americans traveling abroad to discover liberties enjoyed in the U.S. are not necessarily embraced in other countries.