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.
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.