When I first moved to Thailand, I was a little nervous about taking photos of monks or talking to them because I didn’t know the etiquette, but over the years I have met many fascinating monks and found that they are often approachable, well-traveled, and dedicated men.
In my neighborhood, I met the inspiring Phra Sangkom, an eco-monk committed to protecting the environment and fighting climate change. In Surin, I met a monk who’d recently traveled to America. He showed me photos of him in his orange robe juxtaposed against iconic American sites like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, and the Las Vegas strip. At the Phanom Rung Temple, I felt as though I fell through a wormhole and landed in a travel brochure as dozens of novice monks explored the ancient ruins all around me. I followed along taking photos, amazed at my good fortune.
Next time you are in Thailand, chat with the monks at the temple. You may be surprised to hear their stories.
15 Photos of Thai Monks
1.) Novice Monks at the Phanom Rung Ruins
2.) Monks collect alms on boats at the Kwam Riam Floating Market in Min Buri.
3.) Seen at Wat Awut Wikasitaram in Bangkok.
4.) Phanom Rung Ruins
5.) Monk collecting alms with his pig. Yes, it was strange.
6.) Phimai Ruins in Isaan.
7.) Seen at Wat Awut Wikasitaram in Bangkok.
9.) Monks fighting with water during Songkran.
10.) Novice monks exploring the Phanom Rung Temples
11.) Monk Portrait at Phanom Rung.
12.) Novice monk at the Maab Euang Eco-Farm.
13.) A prayer before breakfast.
14.) Preparing breakfast after collecting alms.
15.) Seen at the Hua Lamphong Train Station.