Chanting monks, Chiang Mai monastery

Walking the path to spiritual enlightenment

In between snacks, Sahar discovered Monk Chat, a gathering organised by one of Chiang Mai’s universities where visitors can meet some of the city’s Buddhist monks. For two hours, the monks are available to answer questions about their lives and religion, or even give advice based on Buddhist philosophy. It seemed like an interesting experience, … Read more

Monks receiving alms, Luang Prabang, Laos

Sacred tourist attraction or religious spectacle?

The process of giving alms is a daily ritual throughout South East Asia. Every morning, Buddhist monks leave their monasteries with empty bowls and proceed through the streets of their villages, towns and cities to receive their daily food from the local devotees. It is against the Buddhist faith for the monks to grow their … Read more