Mafia of Fake Monks Prey on Thailand Tourist “One of the most deplorable scams aimed at tourists are the fake monks. They walk around tourist areas soliciting donations. How can Thai people tolerate this?” StickManWeekly.com
A Mafia of Fake Monks from China has entered Thailand in September of 2008. Local Thailand vendors are reporting a big jump in the number of Fake Monks. Although encountering Fake Monks has always been a small problem, as Thailand people sometime dons a robe to earn easy money by requesting alms from naive Tourist, however now it has become organized.
If Thailand Tourism has not suffered enough in the last couple years with a Military Coup, Protesters being killed, Border Disputes with Cambodia, Bird Flu and skyrocketing price of Jet Fuel doubling the price of Plane tickets from Europe and the USA. Now we can add the to the list a, “Mafia of Fake Monks”
I first became aware of this growing problem when walking into one of my favorite breakfast restaurant the Merry V Guesthouse behind the Buddhist Wat Chai Chana Songkhram. As I was eating my cheese omelet for 50 Baht I looked up from my table and see this sign.
I look around and see another sign, then another, there are three of them posted inside the Guesthouse Restaurant. Then a short time later a Monk tries to enter and the fantastic breakfast waitress shoos him away. I did not put two and two together for a few days, however soon various Monks started asking me for money on my daily walk around the Khao San Road area.
This has never been a problem for me, I just say, “I am Christian, go ask a Buddhist,” my philosophical view has kept me save, it never crossed my mind they were fake, until now…
It is the custom of Thailand Monks to walk around near the Monastery collecting Alms in the morning from sunrise to maybe 7:30 in the morning, after this time you rarely see the Monks asking for Alms, the generally stay in the temple.
Being a curious person, I started to study the differences between these new Monks and the normal Thailand Monks. I soon discovered that normal Buddhist Monks from Thailand do not collect money, except with specific license or permissions, and I not from foreigners as a general rule.
These Fake Monks from China walk around during at all times of the day and walk directly up to tourist and push there bowl out to nearby Foreigners, in many way extorting money by guilt, while totally ignoring the Thailand people.
Here is a video showing some real Thailand Buddhist Monks collecting foods on Thanon Kraisi near Khao San Road between sunrise and 7:30 am in Bangkok, Thailand. Please take note of the following about the real Thailand Buddhist Monks of the Khao San Road area Thailand.
1. They collect food only from Thailand people. 2. They did not approach the Thai people, they people came to them. 3. The Monk were not wearing shoes in this process. 4. The Thailand people would often kneel, and take off their shoes before making their offering. 5. No money is given to the monks. 6. The Thailand Buddhist Monks robes do not have sleeves to cover their arms.
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