Five Monks of Pakpli

I have witnessed many Thai ordinations in the ten years I have lived in rural Thailand. Each time I notice a significant change in a man’s personality after the head shaving ceremony, and putting on the white robes of a novitiate Monk. I can understand and appreciate the reason the act of becoming a monk is so esteemed in Thai society. It is a profound, sometimes life-changing event for many Thai men.

Rural Thailand – Working Through COVID-19

Thailand has an extremely low coronavirus infection count and mortality rate, causing some to question Thailand’s reporting. To be fair, there is virtually no testing done here outside of hospitals for already sick patients, and autopsies are not all that common. Testing for the virus is expensive for both Thais and foreigners, hence it is not something most even consider.