A Venerable Meeting with a Monk

A Venerable Meeting
with a Monk

Guided by the principles of the Lord Buddha, monks form one of the corner stones of Thai society.
We give visitors an insight in the serene, simple lifestyle at a leading Chiang Mai temple
as you converse with a monk about the matters of life in Thailand.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Aside from the country being shaped and formed along with its cultural, historical and natural landmarks, religion has been one of the cornerstones that have shaped Thailand up until today. Buddhism is often named in the sale lineage as other worldwide practised religions but is more drawn towards a way of life and following in the footsteps of its founder.

For Thai men, it is customary to join a monastery for some time in their lives as part of an ongoing tradition to pay respect to the nation’s main spiritual philosophy and his family. Monks have more than just a spiritually guiding role in Thai society – they tend to be respected members of society, passing on wisdom and support during day-to-day rituals such as weddings and cremations. What goes on in the mind of a senior monk is often a mystery and with this afternoon tour, we lift the veil of monkhood with the chance to chat with a monk.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Venerable Meeting with a Monk

14:30 - 18:30

This afternoon-only tour commences with an air-conditioned transfer with private guide and driver from your accommodation to the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. This temple (Wat means temple) is to Chiang Mai what St. Peter’s Cathedral is to Rome – it’s a must-see. Regarded as the most sacred temple in northern Thailand, located high on Doi Suthep Hill, 1676 metres above sea level and overlooking Chiang Mai, this landmark of immense importance is home to numerous Buddha images, murals and sweeping views across the region down below. Like any respectable visitor, climbing a 306-step staircase to be rewarded by the sight of the temple’s golden spire, and a birds-eye view of the city below is upping up the ante when reaching the top.

On the way back down Suthep Hill, we enter the serene complex of Wat Pha Lat, constructed in the heart of the forest and with the soothing sounds of crashing water of a nearby waterfall; it aims to set the tone for a moment of peace. Finally, we enter the compound of the Buddhist University of Chiang Mai Campus and the Wat Suan Dok. This educational centre forms the foundation for Buddhism and Culture in the region and it is here where you will be having the opportunity to chat with a monk (English speaking only). Topics such as the Thai way of life, Buddhist ethics and Thai culture will pass the revue as your interaction with these representatives of the Buddhist faith tells guests their views on what is important. After this enlightened conversation, it is time to head back to your Chiang Mai hotel where we schedule to arrive at around 6:30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour (afternoon only) with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Joint chat session with a leading monk at Wat Suan Dok
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Cable cart ride from and to Doi Suthep
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • The monk chat session may be a joint session at the Wat Suan Dok and is on English only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • During this tour, we will enter religious sites where a dress code may be applicable.
  • Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover up to the ankles and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with bright, fluorescent colours of any kind, obscene prints or pictures, beach wear or strapless sandals / flip flops. Failure to comply may result in denying access into these sites.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Families with children under this age may be denied participating based on the terms and conditions of this tour.

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