Thailand’s homeless community is incredibly small compared to the rest of the world. According to the Issarachon Foundation, just 3,311 people were homeless in Thailand in 2015, which works out as just 0.005% of the population. To put it into comparison, the UK (which has a similar population to Thailand) has over 250,000 homeless people according to the charity Shelter, making up 0.4% of their entire population. America has double that. It may come as less of a surprise when you take into account the culture of family first, the many temples that take in boys and young men as novices and the ability to find cheap housing due to the low cost of living Thailand provides its citizens. However, there are those who do fall off the radar, are unable to help themselves and end up with nowhere to go. These homeless people are, on the whole, ignored, looked down on and often arrested by authorities before being driven far away from the city they were caught and sometimes even simply dumped by the side of the road like garbage. Yet over the last few years, attitudes have been changing, government funding has increased, and homeless numbers have started to decrease.