The sign reads: Happy New Year 2013 – Kawi Na Lampang, Adviser of the Office of the Consumer Protection Board from the Pheu Thai Party
[The monk is Bhuddadasa, the most famous and the most respected monks in Thailand.]
His verse roughly reads: New year is better than the old year because we’re one year older. Be aware of the bad things, stop doing it. Make virtues and your life will keep getting better.