German tourist cleans Thailand streets out of love, gets thumbs up

Thailand is known as one of the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia; where you can find almost anything in terms of enjoyment and relaxation — crystal blue beaches, thick jungle, great food, cheap beach front bungalows and some of the best luxury hotels in the world, as divulged by people who’ve been there.

The country has retained its quintessential identity with its own unique culture and history, and continues to have a carefree people famed for their smiles.

However, according to Thai public broadcasting service MCOT (Thai only), there’s a German tourist who has been visiting the country annually for the last six years for an entirely different reason — to  clean up the mess — and he is now being sought after for his unique purpose in visiting Thailand; specifically, Udon Thani.

According to the same MCOT report, during a visit to Udon Thani the German vacationer at lone point “felt uneasy with the untidy scene so he started to clean up” by picking up or sweeping garbage, mowing weeds on sidewalks, and doing some bits of scrubbing on certain public areas such as phone booths.

At one time, he was even reportedly caught directing traffic, according to MCOT.

And why would he do that?

Well, in response to that question, Festerling gives a straight-forward and relatively simple answer — it’s because “he loves Thailand.”

He also shared, as per reports, that locals are often kind to him; offers him something to drink and takes his photo which somehow all adds up to why Thailand is dear to his heart.

The amazing guy was reportedly caught in action as he was washing phone booths in front of the Charoen Hotel where he often stays, and the pictures ended up on Udon Thani’s community Facebook page.

(Photo Credit:  MCOT)
(Photo Credit: MCOT)


Many Thai Facebook commenters on the Udon Thani community page have reportedly expressed their joy and appreciation over the man-in-overall’s unique example for the community, and one commenter even went as far as suggesting to the governor of Udon Thani Province that the man, Festerling, should be presented  with a certificate in recognition of his contributions to the province’s capital city.

Other netizens from Thailand posted he is “so cute,” and that they want to meet him and give him some water and a cold towel.

As of posting time, the traveling janitor has gone back to Germany. But he has apparently made a promise to himself that he’ll keep on with his yearly visits to Thailand, and continue to share his time with the help of his cleaning scrubs.

Similarly, a Japanese named Mazakasa Nose also earned the respect and admiration of many Filipinos for voluntarily sharing his time and resources, as well as his energy, in helping keep the City of Baguio clean and litter-free.