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These three young monks were carrying study materials and appeared to be on their way home from classes. The river boats have a special area set aside for monks. Aside from walking, these boats appear to be a primary mode of transportation.

While these fellows are quite young, a recent article in the Bangkok Pos tdiscussed a study that found that in a survey of 350,000 monks, over half were at risk for poor health. Risk factors are a poor diet, monks must accept whatever food is given them as their only diet. the government is trying to improve their health by making monasteries health centers, this providing better access to health care.

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