Monk at Wat Phou by ToonSarah 1 Star this if you like it!

Ban Nongvian , Laos


Yes, we were told the same by one of our guides in Laos, Katie - also that many families send their sons to be monks because they get a free and good education. Afterwards some choose to stay on as monks but many leave and that's considered fine too :)

I remember in Cambodia I spoke to a monk who explained not all become monks for religious reasons, for many its survival - getting fed and having a roof over their head.

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