Hua Hin Thai Buddhism

Hua Hin - Thailand

Only 360€ per week!

Be part of a program where you will be providing alms to the Monks in the morning and participate in uplifting meditation & chanting in the evening.

Based in the seaside town of Hua Hin, our Thai Buddhism program offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in Thai culture through a variety of different cultural and religious activities ranging from helping monks with their daily chores to mediation practices.

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Program Description

You will go to Wat Khao Tao Temple and stay overnight there for a couple of days. The monk who will be teaching you has plenty of experience in sharing Buddhism knowledge in English before. Your assigned coordinator will always be there to help out with the language barrier and other things.

This program is designed for beginners but also welcomes more experienced individuals as well. The daily routine in the temple starts quite early, typically around 05:00 with morning chanting and short meditation, and after that, monks would start to go on Pindabat (receiving alms), then come back to the temple for breakfast at around 08:00.

After breakfast, participants will have some free time to take a shower and rest a bit before learning about the introduction to Buddhism and Thai meditation, and then followed by meditation practices. THey will get to learn how to make up mindfulness with breathing and try out different postures for meditation practices such as: sitting, walking, lying down, to see which posture will be most suitable for them. Lunch will start at 11:00 (Buddhist monks eat only 1-2 meals/day and will not eat after midday, but participants can choose if they would like to have dinner or not. In the afternoon, you will continue with meditation practice for 1-2 hours and then have some free time to practice more by yourself or help with chores in the temple. At around 18:00 or 19:00, monks will do an evening chanting and meditation and after practice, you will have a chance to discuss and ask questions about Buddhism with the monk. Please note that the stay at the monastery will be very simple, you will be given only a mattress, a pillow and a blanket.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you familiarise yourself with the local surroundings
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!
  • Broaden your knowledge of the Thai Buddhism, history and culture

Schedule

Sunday

  • If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival. Depending on your previous week's program, you will be transferred to Hua Hin after brunch
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Monday

  • Introduction about Buddhism; Learn about meditation and Buddhism ethics (how to pray and kneel, how to act around monks, etc)
  • Thai Language Lesson: Buddhism
  • Excursion to Wat Huay Mongkol Temple; pay respect to one of the most sacred monk statue in Hua Hin and get a short introduction to Buddhist rituals
  • Visit local market; opportunity to buy white clothing for the monastery.

Tuesday

  • Early morning giving alms to the Monks
  • Temple Cleaning – Nicothaaraun Temple
  • Lub Lae Cave
  • Watch a documentary about Buddha & Buddhism

Wednesday

  • Early depart to Wat Khao Tao
  • Talk about Bud­dhism
  • Meditation Instruction and Practice: Sitting/walking/Lying Meditation
  • Continue with Meditation Practice
  • Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores
Overnight stay at a Monastery

Thursday

  • Morning Chanting
  • Breakfast + short time to rest and shower
  • Talk about Bud­dhism
  • Meditation Instruction and Practice: Sitting/walking/Lying Meditation
  • Continue with Meditation Practice
  • Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores
Overnight stay at a Monastery

Friday

  • Morning Chanting
  • Breakfast + short time to rest and shower
  • Talk about Bud­dhism
  • Meditation Instruction and Practice: Sitting/walking/Lying Meditation
  • Continue with Practice
  • Free time or, depending on the needs at the monastery, we may be asked by the monks to help with chores
  • Depart to Hua Hin TGL Center

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • If this is your last week, you will be transferred to Hua Hin bus station after breakfast. If you have further programs north of Hua Hin you will be transferred to that program via Singburi. If programs are in Hua Hin or the South you will stay at the accommodation until that starting time.

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

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

There are no further requirements for this program.

Location

Located just 280 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations for locals and Expats alike. It is convenient and ever developing because it is where the city meets the sea. Here you will find scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches, and palm tree-decorated landscapes which have turned this former fishing enclave into a what is now a bustling town, brimming with anything and everything a visitor, tourist, or traveler could ever want!

About the Accommodation

Our center is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

Food Arrangements

All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.

Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.

Facilities

Most of your day will be spent in Hua Hin city center, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events

Tuesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Friday Evening

You will go to the Cicada Market, a colorful night market offering freshly cooked food from different shopkeepers. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs which are very attractive and listen to live music featuring local artists.

Sights & Surroundings

Hua Hin is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach.

Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

Transportation

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

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • All around Thailand
  • Around Thailand
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Udon Thani
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Quick Facts

Name: Kingdom of Thailand

Population: 67 million

Capital: Bangkok

Language: Thai

Currency: Baht (THB)

Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

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.

Climate

The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

  • Dry season: November – end of February. During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.
  • Hot: March to June. During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 50°C).
  • Rainy: July – October. This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly, but when it does rain, heavy flooding is not rare.

Culture

A significant feature of Thai culture is its primary religion: Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand not only boasts tens of thousands of beautiful temples, but you will notice that a lot of Thai people have miniature Spirit Houses on their front yards because they believe that the household spirits live in them and they make offerings to them to keep the spirits happy.

Another feature of Thai culture is the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. This can be compared to the Indian namasté. Things to know about this:

  • The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.
  • It is made before formally entering/leaving a house
  • It can also be made as a sign of gratitude or apology
  • You do not make the greeting to those who are younger than you unless you are returning the wai.
  • The gesture is normally accompanied with the phrase “sawadee (krap/ka)” (“krap” if you are  male and “ka” if you are female)
  • A corporate wai (made by cashiers etc) can be returned with a smile or a nod

The major festival in Thailand is Thai New Year, known as Songkran. It is celebrated on the 13th-14th April of every year. It is a festival that concludes the dry season and involves a lot of water throwing!

Gastronomy

Thai cuisine is very nutritious and alongside its plentiful use of rice, it generally contains fresh vegetables and white meats like chicken and fish. Thai people love spicy food but do not fear if you do not, just say ‘mai pet’ when you order. However, the flavors are not only about the spice, as many people believe. Thai food can be slightly salty, sour and/or sweet, so there really is something to suit everyone’s palate.

Transportation

Transport in Thailand is very varied and there isn’t one ‘main way’ to travel. Buses dominate long distance journeys. Travel in thailand is cheap and even domestic flights are a worthwhile consideration for long distance journeys, especially with the expansion of low-cost airlines.

Taxis, tuk-tuks and vans are also common modes of transport, but tourists must be wary about being overcharged. If in doubt, always ask that the taximeter be switched on to avoid overcharging.

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