Taiwanese tourist is fined for wearing bikini ‘that was basically just a piece of string’2 min read

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Tourist is fined for wearing bikini ‘that was literally just a piece of string’ to a beach in the Philippines

  • Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was on holiday with her boyfriend on Boracay island, Philippines
  • Onlookers posted photos of her outfit online which caught attention of police 
  • She was arrested, fined 2,500 Peso and told she could not leave without paying 

A Taiwanese tourist has been fined for wearing a bikini that was described as being just a piece of string. 

Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was on holiday with her boyfriend in the popular tourist island of Boracay in the Philippines.

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She had visited Puka Beach in the area twice wearing a thong bikini.

Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was on holiday in the popular tourist island of Boracay in the Philippines when stunned onlookers had posted pictures of her outfit choice on social media

Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was on holiday in the popular tourist island of Boracay in the Philippines when stunned onlookers had posted pictures of her outfit choice on social media 

Stunned onlookers had posted pictures of her outfit choice on social media which then caught the attention of the authorities. 

Ting was later tracked down to her hotel and was arrested. 

It is not clear what the exact charge was but the current laws on indecency could have been the basis of her arrest.

Jess Baylon, the Police Chief of Malay, which includes the Boracay, said:’ ‘Several residents and tourists took photos of her on Wednesday and Thursday because of what she was wearing.

‘It was literally a string.

‘In our conservative culture, it is unacceptable,’ she said speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

She had visited Puka Beach in the area twice wearing a thong bikini before being arrested and fined 2,500 Philippine Peso

She had visited Puka Beach in the area twice wearing a thong bikini before being arrested and fined 2,500 Philippine Peso

The tourist claimed she did not know that wearing the bikini would be prohibited on the island and that it was her personal form of expression.

She was fined 2,500 Philippine Peso (£38.30) which she was told she had to pay before she could leave the island as planned on October 11.

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The authorities were quick to urge tourists to observe ‘proper decorum’ as a form of respect for Philippine culture following the incident.     

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