April 18, 2013

Poi Sang Long Festival, Thailand

Photograph by Jack Kurtz, ZUMAPRESS/Alamy

Thailand's annual Poi Sang Long Festival marks the ordination of young Buddhists as novice monks. Here, boys costumed for the elaborate ceremony gather in the prayer hall at Wat Pa Pao, a temple in Chiang Mai. As part of the festival, attended by hundreds of onlookers, men will carry the boys on their shoulders through the temple grounds.

Enter the 25th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest >>

Travel 365. Explore the world, one incredible image at a time.

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities

2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

  • Picture of a volcano on Reunion Island

    Who Will Win?

    Browse photos of nature, cities, and people and share your favorite photos.