Bare-faced cheek! San Diego couple dubbed the Traveling Butts are arrested for taking photos of their naked bottoms at a Thai temple and slapped with a $150 and threatened with a five year jail term
- Joseph, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, decided to take a half-naked photo while visiting?Wat Arun temple in Bangkok
- The married gay couple, from San Diego, travel the world posting photos on their 'Traveling Butts' Instagram account
- But when they went to fly home, they were arrested at Don Mueang Airport
- They were each slapped with a 5,000 baht ($154) fine for indecent exposure ?faced another fine for snapping a similar picture at another Thai temple
- They also deleted their Instagram account which had 14,000 followers?
- District police chief warned they could also face a more serious charge for uploading the pictures online which carries up to a five year jail term
- But the couple appears to have been released this morning after they started a new Instagram account - and even reposted the offending pictures
- Friends said the Desilvas flashed their butts as a form of 'artistic expression'
A San Diego couple, who travel the world posting photos on their 'Traveling Butts' Instagram account, have been arrested in Thailand for posing at a famous Buddhist temple with their rear ends exposed, police said
Joseph, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were on vacation in the Southeast Asia when they decided to visit the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, in Bangkok. Visitors to Thailand's Buddhist temples are expected to respect local culture and religion, and dress modestly.
The couple, who are infamous for taking risque photos of themselves around the globe, dropped their pants to expose their rears and posted the photo to their Instagram account.
Joseph, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, decided to take this half-naked photo while visiting Wat Arun temple in Bangkok
The Dasilvas were leaving Thailand to return back the US on Tuesday, when they arrested at Don Mueang International Airport.
Someone had spotted their photo and reported them to local police.??
They were each slapped with a 5,000 baht ($154) fine for indecent exposure ?and?district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters the pair faced another fine for snapping a similar picture at another Thai temple.
Thongkomol warned they could also face the much more serious charge?of violating Thailand's Computer Crime Act after the image was uploaded online. ?If convicted, they could face up to five years in a Thai jail.
The grinning pair were arrested at Don Mueang International Airport by immigration police?
The married couple, who also posted pictures of themselves at another Thai temple, were slapped with a fine for indecent exposure?
Thai police said they would also be fined for exposing their rears in this picture at another temple
The Dasilvas' Traveling Butts Instagram account was deleted on Tuesday after their arrest. At the time it had around 14,000 followers.
M.G. Perez, a San Diego friend of the married couple, told the San Diego Union Tribune?that he'd become concerned when he saw Travis Dasilva had put out a plea for help on Facebook
'Anybody know any diplomats in Bangkok. Or know any lawyers in Bangkok,' hr wrote. 'Or anyone from the U.S. who can help??
'We are stuck at a polixe (sic) station. Call a senator or something. I dunno howuch (sic) longer I'll have my phone.'
Perez said the couple took the bare bottomed photos because 'that's how they express themselves artistically', adding that 'It is not about judgment. It is about their safety and figuring out how to get them back home.'
San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez told SDGLN?that he was trying to assist the Dasilvas after they reached out to him for help.?
The couple had posted a plea for help on Facebook after they were arrested on Tuesday
Friends of the Desilvas (pictured at Machu Picchu) said that they flashed their butts as a form of 'artistic expression'
It appears that the pair have since been released as they have set up a new Instagram account and reposted many of the offending images. Here they are pictured flashing their rears in front of the White House
The body proud couple have countless pictures of themselves showing off their derrieres online
The move has sparked a backlash on social media with many slamming the pair as 'disrespectful'
'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 said.??
However, it appears the couple were released on Wednesday and are now heading home?after they created a new Instagram account, named Travelling Butts, and have even reposted the offending Thai photos.
'Starting a new account, other one got deleted,' the wrote. 'Traveling the World, cheek to cheek. Follow us!'
The move has sparked a backlash on social media with many slamming the pair as 'disrespectful'.?
Thai police have not commented on the release of the pair.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the couple for comment.?
Thailand, and Bangkok in particular, has a reputation as a party destination. But most of Thailand remains a conservative and Buddhist country where people are expected to dress moderately and act respectfully when visiting places or worship.
Public nudity is considered offensive.
KEEP IT ON! TOURISTS IN TROUBLE FOR STRIPPING OFF ON VACATION?
The Dasilvas aren't the first to have their risque pictures land them in hot water.
Western tourists have often found themselves in trouble when they fail to adhere to the more conservative values and approaches to modesty when travelling overseas.
In September this year, a Belgian model and her Australian photographer were arrested for taking naked pictures at a temple in Luxor.
Model Marisa Papen and snapper Jesse Walker spent a night in jail after?security guards spotted them taking a nude photoshoot at one of the most famous landmarks of ancient Egypt.
In September this year, Belgian model (Marisa Papen) and her Australian photographer were arrested for taking naked pictures at a temple in Luxor?
In 2015, American?tourists and sisters Lindsey Kate Adams and Leslie Jan Adams were deported from Cambodia after they were caught taking partially nude photos?at Preah Khan temple in the Angkor complex.?
The pair were charged with trafficking pornography and exposing sexual body parts and sentenced to six-month suspended prison sentences, a one-million Riel ($250) fine and banned from entering the country for four years,?the local media reported.
Angkor Wat has been a popular spot for tourists' naked pictures, despite being a sacred site for Cambodians, and earlier that same year, in February 2015, three Frenchmen?identified by Cambodian media as Rodolphe, Alexandre and Vincent were arrested for posing in the buff at the temple.
In 2015, American tourists and sisters Lindsey Kate Adams and Leslie Jan Adams (pictured together) were deported from Cambodia after they were caught taking partially nude photos at Preah Khan temple in the Angkor complex
Canadians Lindsey and Danielle Peterson, Briton Eleanor Hawkins, and Dutchman Dylan Snel were arrested after stripping off on the sacred Mount Kinabalu. Pictured, Dutch national Dylan Snel, in blue shirt, center, is escorted by police to be deported
They were also deported and banned from the county for four years.
A?group of photos featuring a topless dancer leaning against the ruins also surfaced on Facebook in 2015 which authorities were investigating.
That same year, four tourists who posed naked on a mountain in Malaysia were jailed and fined.?
Canadians Lindsey and Danielle Peterson, Briton Eleanor Hawkins, and Dutchman Dylan Snel were even?blamed for a magnitude 5.9 earthquake by locals after stripping off on the sacred Mount Kinabalu.?
They were jailed for three days fined each defendant 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,330), BBC News reported.
Meanwhile, in 2014,?four American tourists were detained for taking naked photos on Machu Picchu.