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... has not been sighted since his 84th birthday, two years back.
We started the king's birthday early went to a Buddhist ceremony at 6:30 AM. It was super to see so many monks of all age groups in one place! Scores of people had beautifully arranged little goody packets for the monks to come collect. There were so many of these that helpers came in with plastic bags to aid. So: monk comes by, worshiper puts bag in his collection pot, helper takes bag out ...
... Therefore, shoes are to be removed whenever entering anyone's home (and is true of the guesthouses etc) and places of worship.
2. NEVER POINT YOUR FEET AT A BUDDHA.
3. Placing your palms together and bowing (wai) is used for greetings, gratitude and a sign of respect. The higher your hands the higher your respect.
It is also worth knowing that there is a dress code when visiting historical/royal/religious ...
... home. We spent more than we should, but the price for cashmere was so much less that the UK so we bought them. This seems to be a prevalence for stay dogs here. On every street you see several mongrols roaming around, happy as Larry. I don't know who cares for them, but they seem healthy and content. We've seen several spirit houses now, from simple wood to elaborate carvings and even a "garden centre" selling elaborate mini-temples. I think we definitely need ...