Trip Details

Buddhism began in northern India around the year 500BCE and is one of the world’s most prominent and ancient faiths. The tradition gets its name from a man known by his followers as the Buddha, or the awakened one. The Buddha was born into a princely family in a region that was previously in northern India but is now a part of southern Nepal.

During your time here, travellers will learn some of the teaching of Buddhism first-hand from a Thai monk and will stay within the temple grounds, learning meditation and chanting techniques.

The Thailand Buddhism experience allows you to learn about and experience the various practices of Thai Buddhism. You will have the opportunity to practice traditional meditation and chanting with local monks in an environment that is both peaceful and spiritual.

You will be given an introduction to Thai Buddhism in the form of a short documentary and you will have also have the chance to visit a Buddhist monastery where you will meet a highly respected monk. This monk will be happy to answer questions and can provide a real insight into his lifestyle, as well as into the traditions and rituals that are unique to Thailand’s branch of Buddhism.

Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to give you an authentic insight into Thai Buddhism. You will learn about the history, customs and practices of this philosophy and get the chance to put them into practice yourself!

Although this is an incredible experience where people can enjoy the Thai Buddhists’ way of life, it is important to bear some points in mind.

  • Women are not allowed to stay close to monks or touch the monks so caution is advised.
  • You cannot point your feet toward either the monks or the Buddha.
  • Men and woman are not allowed to sleep together during their time at the temple and passionate contact is not allowed.
  • You must be calm and quiet during and after 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)

Trip Itinerary

Monday
Wang Nam Khiao
Breakfast
Depart from Singburi to Wang Nam Khiao
Lunch
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
Wang Nam Khiao
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
Buddhist Monastery
Depart for stay at Suptawee 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
Buddhist Monastery
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
Wang Nam Khiao
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
Wang Nam Khiao
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.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Your new home will be in the Nakhon Ratchasima province. Set amidst rolling hills, the views here are spectacular and the location is tranquil to match. Our resort is situated about 100km from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima and about 15 km from Wang Nam Khiao, the nearest town. It takes 30 minutes from the resort to get to Wang Nam Khiao, where you will find all the amenities you could need.

Accommodation & Food
During your time here, you will be staying in one of our eco cottages in single gender rooms.

The resort has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet with other participants or just enjoy the impressive view. There is also WiFi available which covers most of the resort.

There is even a karaoke system in the resort’s communal area for those craving some self-styled entertainment noise!

Food Arrangements
All food is included during your stay and the meals will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes (suitable for vegetarians).

Facilities
Due to its rural location, the nearest ATM is in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car), so please make sure you have enough money with you before arriving for your stay. However, since all food is provided you will probably not need much money here!

There is a small local store within walking distance. All other amenities can be found in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car).

Sights & Surroundings
The area is very rural and offers beautiful views of the Thai countryside. You are welcome to take advantage of the surroundings and go for a hike in the hills during your free time.

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

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Udon Thani
  • Umphang

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

White clothes that are not tight fitting or see-through. These can also be purchased at the local market

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa