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Monks..real or fake?

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Monks..real or fake?

We just returned from Bang Niang Beach. Whilst having lunch at My Friend, a monk approached myself and another couple. He handed us a book and a note requesting donations to help victims. People who donated wrote their names and the amount given in this book. (quite generously too!) I today learnt that real monks don't ask for money? Are these monks scammers that people should be made aware of?

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1. Re: Monks..real or fake?

That doesn't sound genuine. They shouldn't ask for donations. Money is donated at the temple. They also should be in the temple after late morning, not out and about.

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Hmmm.. Looks like a few of us have been stooged! I did at the time think it odd that the monk received a frosty reception from the restaurant worker!!

perth
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Hi

As said above the Thai monks don't approached and ask for money. Are they look like chiness monks ( they wears clothes same type the one you see in Kungfu movies)? The reason I said that because I have seen them on the beach on Samui asking for money. They approached my husband and in the beach. I told them that I'm Thai and they just quickly walked away.

Khon Kaen, Thailand
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4. Re: Monks..real or fake?

Most likely not real monks, but it there were real then they are bad monks. Monks are prohibited from asking for anything at any time.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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5. Re: Monks..real or fake?

Definitely monk(ey) business. :-(

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6. Re: Monks..real or fake?

Definately not genuine Thai Buddhist monks, but could be Burmese.

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Genuine monks just won't do that, they are allowed beg for alms using their bowl before midday but the Thai's take care of that, Definitely a scam.

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8. Re: Monks..real or fake?

Thank you all .definitely monkey business then!! Sweetpea yes he was dressed as you describe. Hopefully fellow tourists will not make the same mistake :(

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9. Re: Monks..real or fake?

Definitely fake. As stated, monks are not supposed to ask for anything, even when they go for alms collection every morning, they do not ask. They only take when it iis offered.

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