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.

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 once a day so will probably not have dinner on Wednesday.

Trip Itinerary

Monday

You will start the week with breakfast before you head out from Singburi to visit Wang Nam Khiao. On the way you will visit a beautiful waterfall and you will also have lunch. Upon arrival at the resort, you will go out to explore the village a little bit before returning for dinner, followed by some quick tips in meditation and Buddhist ethics.

Tuesday

On Tuesday your day will start at 06:00 when you will give alms to the monks; after that you will have breakfast before a trip to the local market where you can take in the Thai culture. After the market visit there will be a Q&A session with a monk at Wat Pha Rattanawan followed by lunch, and then an informative documentary film that teaches you a little more about both the Buddha and the religion that he started.

Wednesday

Start Wednesday with breakfast at the resort and then depart for your visit to Wat Suptawee monastery. Here you will be able to explore, learn and help out. You will eat lunch and then spend some more time getting to know the monastery. This will be followed by traditional meditation and chanting with the monks, and you will then spend the night at the temple.

Thursday

Thursday will start early with a meditation session at 04:30. After meditation you will collect alms with the monks before having a little free time for rest – during this time you are free to meditate or shower, depending on what you need. This is followed by prayer and breakfast, and then the rest of the day will be spent in the temple helping the monks with their chores and daily activities. After meditation and chanting in the evening, you will then spend your second night in the temple.

Friday

You will head back to the resort on Friday where you have breakfast; after that you will visit Wat Phukhao Thong temple. Lunch will be provided and you will then be taken on to visit a traditional mushroom farm, followed by the Pa Keep Tawan viewing point. In the afternoon you will take part in a short weekly evaluation before enjoying a BBQ with the other travellers.

Saturday

Start your weekend with breakfast at the resort before a visit to the Kiri Crown Temple. After that visit you will be transported either back to your resort in Singburi, or to Bangkok, depending on whether you are staying on the project or continuing your travels in Thailand.

(Schedule: during the evening times; generally the volunteers are free, no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise)

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

Trip Accommodation

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.

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Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

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