One of the general rules in Buddhist countries it to not take pics of monks without permission.
It is a bit of a tricky conundrum since I am not a fan of posed photos. I prefer to capture the moment as it happens. I still try to respect the local traditions.
Sometimes life offers up opportunities too good to pass up…
Such as in Vientiane, where the wats are big and the number of monks required many, so trucking them about between temples becomes a necessity best suited to a sawngthaew (literally ‘two rows’) pick-up truck.
And when the young saffron-robed monk hoists up his own digital camera… on the banks of the Mekong en route from Pak Beng to Huay Xai… well… that’s just an invitation to snap a pic back.