Partway up the mountainside in Phrae, looking west. The urban area is the provincial capitol. It's a few months into the rainy season so all of the low spots are filled in with water. The second rice crop is going in, see post below. I went up for a little countryside R'n'R last week, and this shot was taken from a temple site that I was visiting for the Buddhist holiday of Asanha Bucha, which I think is Buddha's birthday.
I smile and give them some money, but I'm not observant. Hey, I never even observed my own religion, I'm not looking for a new one. I don't believe in anything except death and taxes, and I've grown dubious about taxes.