This day started really early with a trip out to the local temple where we were able to give alms to the monks.
I knew nothing about buddhism before this trip but now have a little bit of knowledge and feel quite lucky to have been able to go along and give them food as this isn't something that too many tourists would be able to experience.
I wasn't aware before this trip that monks aren't supposed to cook and have to rely on locals to bring them food each day. There was a great selection given to them and they had to put all the food into one large bowl and eat it all together...so that they didn't enjoy it too much!
The work portion of the day started with a lecture at Asian University given by the President Dr Vip. Dr Vip's lecture was on "Management through the understanding of Buddhist and other Oriental Philosophies". This was an interesting lecture which focused mainly on management theories.
In the afternoon we all boarded the bus and went to the Ford/Mazda factory. For safety reasons we had to wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and closed in shoes. Even the airconditioned bus was too hot in this getup.
A representative of the factory gave us a presentation, unfortunately I did not understand anything she was saying, I did wonder what language she was speaking. She then gave us a tour of the factory, I still didn't understand what she was saying but it didn't matter, it was a very interesting tour...although very hot.
At this stage of the study tour we were all very tired, although there was optional Thai Boxing class that we could attend that I was very keen on I opted to take 2 hours to relax and read a book.
That evening the Thai students and staff put together a presentation for us. It was very well done and included Thai culture with an explanation of the wai, language, schooling, food, traditional Thai dance, the King's anthem.