Next door but one from the art space hostel where I`m staying for a few days is a learning centre, a sort of private school, probably for the elder children of the more affluent Thais. Before going into the school, they were lined up in the forecourt at the front of the centre and they and their uniforms were closely inspected before being allowed to enter.
The other thing I noticed was the respect most of the Thais have for their religion, which is mainly Buddism. In the corner of the hostel forecourt there is a spirit house. These little temple like shrines can be seen outside or in the grounds of homes and businesses throughout Thailand. As people walked past the one in the corner of the hostel forecourt, probably on their way to work as it`s on a busy main road, the majority of them clasped their hands together and bowed their heads in a mark of respect.
One other thing. There are lots of stray cats in Bangkok. But happily, the one`s I`ve seen anyway, don`t look too badly off. Afterall, this is Bangkok and with it`s food stalls everywhere, I`m sure there are plenty of scraps to go round. And the ones around the hostel here where I`m staying are certainly well off. Not only do they get pampered by the hostel staff and guests, I also witnessed the cay lady this morning. An elderly Thai lady who regularly comes around to give them food.