Photographer's Note

On the Chao Phraya river not only ordinary Thais but also Buddhist monks are commuting like these three monks which obviously have a lot of fun. Monkshood does not mean sour face around the clock. Some of them become monk for a few days to make merit for their parents or somebody else, others stay longer and then there are are the "hard core" one which stay for life. However monkshood is a more or less male domain. There are very few females becoming nuns and they do not have equal rights and privileges like their male counterparts.

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