Buddhist Monestary Experience

Experience life in an authentic Thai Buddhist monastery and participate in the Buddhist way of life guided by local monks. You will practice meditation and learn Buddhism in its purest form. Learn to meditate and chant in quiet and spiritual surrounding guided by monks.

 

Buddhist Monastery Teaching Experience

 

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Center (sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Ground Transportation
  • Use of necessary equipment and project materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

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Background Information

Have you ever wanted to experience life in a real Buddhist Monastery and learn how to calm your mind by practicing mediation & chanting?   This is a perfect opportunity to experience a taste of Thai Buddhism without having to spend months in a monastery.  You’ll learn all about the day to day living of monks and participate in inter-cultural learning as well as teachings about Buddhism.     

Buddhism began in Northern India around the year 500 BCE. The Buddhist tradition gets its name from a man known by his followers as “the Buddha”, or “the awakened one”. 

Cultural Do’s & Don’ts

Please note:

  • Women are not allowed to stay close to monks or touch the monks, so please be cautious.
  • Do not point your feet to the monks or the Buddha as this is considered disrespectful
  • Men and women cannot sleep together during temple stay and passionate contact is not tolerated
  • Please be calm/quiet during and following meditation and chanting
  • Monks only eat one meal per day (breakfast). This means we probably won’t have lunch and dinner on Wednesday and Thursday (when we will sleep in the temple’s grounds)
  • Please bring enough white clothes that are not tight fitting or see-through. This can also be purchased at the local market

Schedule

  • Monday – Depart from Singburi to Wang Nam Khiao, Stop at a set of waterfalls en route to Wang Nam Khiao, Arrive at the resort in Wang Nam Khiao in the afternoon, Walk around the village, Dinner, Meditation and Buddhism ethics (how to pray and kneel, how to act around monks, etc)
  • Tuesday – Early morning giving alms to the Monks, Introduction to the monastery, Breakfast, Q&A with a monk at Pha Rattanawan temple, Lunch, Watch a documentary about Buddha & Buddhism, Explore a big local market, opportunity to buy black/white clothing for the monastery, Dinner, Karaoke at the resort
  • Wednesday – Depart for stay at the Monastery, early morning giving alms to the Monks, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores, Meditation & chanting
  • Thursday – Early morning meditation & chanting session (3:30 am), Short time for rest (meditation, shower, etc), Give alms to the monks, Praying, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores, Meditation & chanting
  • Friday – Early morning meditation & chanting session (3:30 am), Short time for rest (meditation, shower, etc), Give alms to the monks, Breakfast at the temple with monks and the community, A visit to the old temple Ban Rai 2, Lunch, Explore a  mushroom farm, Head to Pa Keep Tawan viewpoint, BBQ Dinner
  • Saturday – Breakfast at the resort, Transfer back to Singburi for further programs or taken to the Wang Nam Khiao bus station if this is the end of your program.

Accommodation & Meals

You will stay in 2 seperate accommodations during the week with the first part of your stay at an eco resort in Nakhon Ratchasima province before staying 2 nights within the actual Monastery which is located approx  20 minutes away.  During the Monastery stay, you’ll be staying in simple single gender rooms and be provided 1 large breakfast per day only as the monks eat only once per day!   Thin blankets are provided upon request.   

The eco resort is remote, quiet and comfortable with basic amenities.  Located approx 15 km’s from town it’s far enough to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but close enough to basic services.  The resort provides for shared single gender rooms and has a nice communal area with awesome views where you’ll spend time eating, relaxing with other volunteers. 

Wifi is available and receives decent reception.  There is even a karaoke system for those who enjoy some cheesy fun….

3 Meals are provided each which is typical Thai, including lots of rice dishes and fresh vegetables suitable for vegetarians.   

There is a small local store within walking distance. All other amenities can be found approx 15-30 minutes away.

There are 3 room types available, with the private room costing an additional $120 p/room p/week and the comfort room costing an additional $160 p/room p/week.

Standard Room

Private Room

Comfort Room

All meals included

Yes *

Yes *

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Yes **

Yes **

Persons per room

4

1-4

1-2

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Yes

Yes

Laundry facilities

Yes ***

Yes ***

Yes ***

Safety box

No

No

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Yes

Yes

Private bathroom

Yes

Yes

Yes

Western toilet

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bed linen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Towels

No

No

Yes

Mosquito protection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fan

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air conditioning

No

No

Yes

* On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch
** Water, coffee, tea at the accommodation
*** At extra cost in local launderettes

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • All around Thailand
  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang