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San Diego Couple Arrested During Honeymoon in Thailand

Thailand is known as the land of smiles, but after the DaSilvas posted their bare-backside selfies, few are laughing.

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    SD Couple Arrested in Thailand for Bare Butt Photos

    NBC 7's Dave Summers reports on the legal troubles a local couple is facing after their gag photos went wrong in Thailand.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017)

    A San Diego couple is facing criminal charges in Thailand for posting photos of their exposed backsides in front of Buddhist temples.

    The photos were posted on the Instagram page "Traveling Butts" and from there, went viral.
    Their house sitter tells NBC7 Joe and Travis DaSilva are in Thailand on their honeymoon one year after they married.
    They were scheduled to return to San Diego December 5th but Bangkok police may have changed their plans.
    Thailand, is known as the land of smiles, but after the DaSilva's posted these bare backside selfies, few are laughing. 
    "I was totally shocked I had no idea,” neighbor Rick Edgil said.
    We showed the couple's next door neighbor Rick Edgil the photos. 
    “Personally I don't think it an international incident but different people have different standards," Edgil said.
    The Bangkok Post reports, the DaSilva’s were arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night and charged with getting naked in public.
     
    House sitter Nyx Blue, who answered our questions but stayed behind the screen door, says they're innocent. 
    "They didn't know it was a temple. It’s just like a building," Blue said.
    Not just any building. The two were standing in front of Wat Arun (Watt Ah-roon) , The Temple of Dawn and Wat Pho (Watt-Poh), home to the golden reclining Buddha. In the land of 10-thousand plus temples, these are considered two of the most holy places.
    "Over dramatic to be honest with you. Over simple dramatic thing. A simple butt,” Blue said.
     
    The drama is now playing out in online newspaper comments. Some Bangkok Post readers wrote,
    "You can die."
    and 
    "There's a gun behind your back."
    The Instagram page has been taken down. Blue says bare bottom photos are a gag the DaSilvas pull just about everywhere they travel.
    If a picture is worth a thousand words here is what Edgil sees. He is also a retired San Diego police officer.
    " I don't want to get involved with law enforcement in any way shape or form So I pretty much toe the line when I travel . It might be a lesson for people."
     
    The house sitter says the DaSilvas are at the moment looking for a lawyer to represent them in court. 
    The charge doesn't appear to come with all that much of a penalty. Reportedly the maximum penalty is a fine of about 150 dollarA San Diego couple is facing criminal charges in Thailand for posting photos of their exposed backsides in front of Buddhist Temples.

    The photos were posted on the Instagram page "Traveling Butts," and went viral from there.

    Their San Diego housesitter, Nyx Blue, told NBC 7 that Joe and Travis DaSilva are in Thailand to celebrate their honeymoon, one year after they married.

    They were scheduled to return to San Diego on December 5, but Bangkok police may have changed the couple's plans.

    Thailand is known as the land of smiles, but after the DaSilvas posted their bare-backside selfies, few are laughing.

    "I was totally shocked, I had no idea,” neighbor Rick Edgil said after seeing the photos.

    “Personally I don't think it's an international incident, but different people have different standards," Edgil said.

    The Bangkok Post reported the couple was arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night and charged with getting naked in public.

    The housesitter who answered NBC 7's questions, but stayed behind the screen door, said they are innocent.

    "They didn't know it was a temple. It’s just like a building," Blue said.

    But not just any building. The two were standing in front of Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn, and Wat Pho, home to the golden reclining Buddha. In the land of 10-thousand plus temples, these are considered two of the holiest places.

    "Overdramatic to be honest with you," Blue said. "Over simple dramatic thing. A simple butt."

    However, the drama is now playing out in online newspaper comments. Some Bangkok Post readers wrote, "You can die," and "There's a gun behind your back."

    The "Traveling Butts" Instagram page has since been taken down. Blue said bare bottom photos are a gag the DaSilvas pull just about everywhere they travel. 

    As for Edgil, a retired San Diego police officer, he said people should be more cautious when they travel.

    "I don't want to get involved with law enforcement in any way shape or form, so I pretty much toe the line when I travel," said Edgil.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, Edgil said he sees a lesson for people to learn.

    The housesitter said the DaSilvas are currently looking for a lawyer to represent them in court.

    The DaSilvas reportedly face a maximum penalty of a $150 fine, which may not seem that steep, but it is equivalent to about 4,881 in Thai Baht.