An afternoon with a Buddhist Monk

An afternoon with
a Buddhist Monk

The facets of Buddhism through the eyes and views of a revered monk and feel enlightened;
one of Bangkok’s respected temples now offers the chance to gain Buddhist wisdom
with a monk for an afternoon chat and get a basic introduction in meditation.

WHY THIS TOUR?

An enlightened couple of hours in Bangkok with a Buddhist monk: it may seem to be something that is out of the ordinary for anyone interested in learning the ways of Buddhism.The life philosophy of the Lord Buddha and its disciples that carry his message into the current generation still are practiced by more than 95% of the Thailand population, making it the largest Buddhist nation worldwide.

Being a novice or a monk for a period of time still stands in extremely high regard for the family and relatives of the ordained member of the family and this will be the chance to share his insights and practices during an afternoon at a well-respected temple.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

An afternoon with a Buddhist Monk

12:00 - 17:00

This experience is truly enlightening and offers a profound insight into the spirituality of Thailand through interaction with some Buddhist monks and visits to some of Bangkok’s most important temples. We will pick you up from your hotel and drive through the capital, passing various places of interest which will be pointed out by your accompanying guide. The sharp contrasts of the loud noises and constant movement of cars, people and motorcycles versus the coming hours you will witness cannot get any farther apart. The temple we will head to is officially called Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit Rajaworamahavihara but better known as simply Wat Mahathat (The Temple of the Great Relic). This is an important temple for Buddhist studies and houses a well-known meditation centre and the first Buddhist University in the country.

After exploring the temple with your guide, you will visit the ’monk-chat’ area. This is an initiative set up by the temple so that monks can partially interact with and guide foreign visitors in order to give them an insight into Buddhism. The session is held in a main part of the temple and a fascinating way to find out about the Buddhist religion in Thailand and its associated culture. Part of the session will be getting a short introduction to meditation and the benefits this will bring for mental development and a sense of peace.

After gaining a deeper understanding and meaning of Buddhism, you may take a break to let everything sink in before being driven back to your Bangkok downtown hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day joined meeting with a monk accompanied by English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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 private transfer basis from and to the starting point but will join with other customers at the temple.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs. This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • This also includes adhering to the strict dress code for this experience. Under no circumstances are customers allowed to wear short trousers (long trousers need to reach the ankles), mini-skirts / knee-length skirts, culottes, tights, fisherman’s trousers, sleeveless shirts/ singlets or any clothing that shows the shoulders, see-through clothing, shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-colored clothing.
  • Refusal of operating this excursion if these clothing regulations may be enforced when not respecting this dress code. Visitors must adhere to the regulations set by the temple, and this includes meeting the monk.
  • It is not possible to reserve time to have a private conversation with the monk as outlined in the temple’s rules and regulations.
  • 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.
  • 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 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • This experience is not suitable for children.

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