This morning in Samut Prakan we had the rare honour of a visit by Somdet Phra Phuttacharn (Somdet Kiaw) the abbot of Wat Saket in Bangkok. However, this is no ordinary monk as he is the Acting Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. He is effectively the leader of all Buddhist monks in Thailand. He came to Samut Prakan to open a new building at Thong Siang Vegetarian House. Tomorrow is coincidently the start of the Chinese Vegetarian Festival and for the next ten days there will be religious ceremonies here every day. I will be going there tomorrow for the opening ceremony and I will be reporting here and over at the Samut Prakan Forums and at our Samut Prakan Online News website. We have quite a few interesting news stories being published there recently.