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Pattaya Viewpoint, Thailand

Our second day at Laem Chabang port we visited the resort town of Pattaya and its
overlook, where is also found a small Buddhist temple.  I was captivated by this young
man and his cage of dozens of small birds.  He sells them to worshippers who wish
to practice "life release," the Buddhist belief that one can improve one's karma by
releasing back to the natural world animals otherwise destined for slaughter (or, in
this case, birds confined "against their will").