There are several steps to become a monk in Thailand and it is expected of any person expects to be respected in society. Most males in Thailand will be a monk once, usually before marriage. I had stayed at this temple many times so all I had to do was be a "Naka" for 3 days: take some vows, memorize text, wear all white, and shave my head and eyebrows. I got to do many interesting things while being a monk. It was an incredible feeling to participate in an ancient tradition that goes back thousands of years.