Lampang, Thailand — At least 17 people were reported killed and many injured when a tour bus returning from a Buddhist religious trip plunged into a ravine in northern Thailand on Wednesday
The bus was returning from a religious ceremony in Chiang Rai en route to Chiang Mai when the brakes failed and it ran off the road in Lampang’s Wang Nua district about 6:30pm, plunging some 30 meters into the ravine.
Rescuers said their efforts were difficult because the crash site was dark and lacked a mobile phone signal, according to reports.
Police and rescue workers took those injured in the accident to a nearby hospital.
Reports said no foreigners were on board. Image/norththailandbirding.com
Thailand religious trip takes on religion in Thailand pervades many aspects of Thai life and senior monks are highly revered; it is not uncommon to see their images adorning walls of businesses or homes or upon ornaments inside of taxi cabs. In many towns and villages the neighborhood wat (temple) is the heart of social and religious life.
Buddhist holidays occur regularly throughout the year for Thailand religious trip(particularly on days with full moons) and many Thai people go to the wat on these and other important days to pay homage to the Buddha and give alms to monks in order to make merit for themselves. tourismthailand.org
Thailand religious trip on Meditation, one of the primary practices of Buddhism, is a means of self reflection in order to identify the causes of individual desire and ultimately alleviate ones suffering.
Visitors can learn the fundamentals of this practice at a number of wats across the kingdom. Some temples, particularly in Chiang Mai, allow visitors to chat with monks in order to gain general knowledge about Buddhism or to study Buddhism more seriously.