Thai Children and Guns

On the second Saturday in January every year, Thailand celebrates the youth of the country by organizing Children’s Day. Many places, like zoos and theme parks offer free or reduced admission. Even the skytrain and subway in Bangkok let kids ride for free. On this day, the army, navy and air force open their bases for the kids to explore. For some reason, parents like to have their kids pose with big guns or standing alongside fully armed marines. On this day, I saw several kids in tears as their parents were trying to force them to stand next to these guys.