Share a Morning with Thai Monks
This was hands down one of the best things I did in Thailand. I would recommend the almsgiving experience to anyone who is genuinely curious about the customs and religion and want to see a first hand experience of the culture. I got there right in time to see the morning prayer and breakfast and then we were off to the markets with the monks observing their routine. Because Bangkok is a busy big city, the almsgiving isn't the same as rural areas or the famous ceremony in Luang Prabang where they line up together, here the monks are on their own and walk for sometimes several hours throughout the city and the markets. A special bonus of the tour was walking through the markets early in the morning (530-7am) before the masses of tourists are there, and while the local people are shopping and buying breakfast. We stopped several times for Khanom Krok and other traditional morning snacks and saw the produce markets and vendors in a very exclusive way because I was literally the only tourist I saw in the markets at that time-- it was great! After the markets we went back to the monastery just as the men were coming back with their haul and it was great to meet some of the young monks and talk with them! Biig went above and beyond and showed me so much of the city an even went across town with me since he was headed that way and showed me all kinds of local spots, a tuk tuk ride, and a ride on a local canal water taxi, something I never would have been able to do on my own! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone in Bangkok, not only do you get to see amazing things but Biig is an incredible guide, very friendly and down to earth.