Curiosities, traditions and legends of Thailand
The Hong, spectacular limestone caves
The hong (Thai word that means "room") is a phenomenon present in various parts of Indochina. In Thailand there are significantly in Pang Nga Bay which is located in the northeast of the island of Phuket. It is ancient limestone caves that open within large underwater coral formations formed over 100 million years ago and then pushed upwards from the movement of earth plates. The next million years due to erosion in the rain, the wind and the sea have finally opened the roof of many caves.
The result of all this is a bay with small rocky islands, with lush lagoons completely closed with ecosystems that regulate themselves, caves in several rooms, large arches and narrow corridors. All this can be explored using small canoes that allow you to move easily in these situations and can pass through the narrow passages that allow access within certain hong. These trips are organized by boats that host tourists and bring a number of canoes that are lowered near the hong. The show can be seen inside the hong is unique, it starts with the passage leading inside is always spectacular and when the cave is large and when it is so narrow and low that it is necessary to be able to lie down on the canoe avoid rocks ceiling. Inside the water is deep green with rocks that emerge here and there, the steep inner walls are abundantly covered with vegetation and silence reigns supreme.
Religion and Society in Thailand
About 95% of the Thai population profess the religion of Buddhism is the official religion. This forms the core of modern culture and determines many of the daily behavior. The relative harmony, the propensity for calm, the willingness to help others and more is due mainly to the religion and the values it represents how the sacredness of family, friendship, solidarity, etc. The Buddhist religion does not provide for an almighty God and the life of every person is controlled by the "Karma" formed in previous lives. Only the action of the individual can determine the course of his life and no one can influence. Evil conduct does not provide forgiveness and conduct deserving will have the right rewards, so if a person is rich or lucky this is due to a "Karma" particularly favorable acquired in previous lives as a poor or sick discounts the mistakes of a previous life . This leads to a behavior of the company that appears to us in the West, at times, incomprehensible as the deep respect enjoyed by the rich and powerful.