Monks come down the street at about 7:00am with howla bowls in hand. Residents greet them at the entrance to their homes and give a little food. A blessing is given by the monks to the residents.
Regardless of religious belief, there is something comforting about souls with nothing to eat, asking and receiving food simply by appearing. Both parties are bonded by a common belief system of course based on merit and obligation
Teaching and "Our Street" January 24th 2009 We are about 2 hours south of Bangkok and about 15 minutes by scooter to the Gulf of Thailand. On a map, this would be about 45 minutes from Rayong, and about 13 kilometers from the small town of Ben Phe, which is the jumping off harbor to the touristy island of Kho Samet. While 13k in Canada is not far to travel, here in rural Thailand there is much to see and experience even in this small dis ... read more
Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Rayong A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more
Joseph here from Thailand (again); I have been back and forth between Canada and SE Asia a few times and am provided some pics of my time here as well as in Canada. I retired from the Federal Government in Ottawa some years ago and have taken to traveling as my new "job". ... full info