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Wat Sangkhathan, Nonthaburi

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  • Wat Sangkhathan is a fabulous teak temple with wonderful wood carvings. Located in a remote area near the Chao Phraya River (but not on it), the place is a bit difficult to find. Visitors coming by ca...  more »
  • Taking the family on new year's day to make merit for the start date of a pass in the first days of the new year. Intentional females to benefit offerings to Buddhist monks sang
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  • I visited the temple for three weeks as part of a solo South Asia trip. I couldn't recommend the experience more highly - the attention I received as a European traveler was interesting though for the...  more »
  • I stayed 9 days. Was hoping to do a sort lf silent retreat. But its all BUT silent. I've done many different retreats and this monastery is by far the hardest one to stay at as a non-thai speaking Farang. CONSTANTLY they play either a dhamma talk, music (they have their own radio station) or giving instructions in Thai. The schedule is set (see website) and you have to follow it so be ready to endure. There is a 1h standing meditation where the Teacher yells at us 150 lay yogis in thai. Then two 1h slow walking meditation. Very devotional. All the time reciting something. THIS IS NOT : A place to find quiet meditation time. A good place for meditation newbies. A place to reveive proper instructions in english. Unless you come with some understanding of the Buddha-Dhamma, dont go there. The place is beautiful and worth a daytrip visit but thats it. For proper meditation retreats/courses in English i suggest Wat Suan Mokkh, Goenka Vipassana, Wat Ram Poeng... This mean to travel a few hours to get there but hey want to learn meditation or hearing Thai monks yell at you in Thai? Nothing against the Monks there, they are high caliber Forest monks and they are in the Luang Poh Sāo Lineage which is the top notch in all of Thailand. Concluding, I want to be fair and say that this Wat is by FAR better than any touristy city Temple , and they offer authentic training in the Thai Forest Style where solitary meditation practice is key. (Not thai city monk style with bright orange robes , owning money.and cell phones and not meditate at all). But I found out that the monks there go to a branch Wat in the Jungle to meditate for some months of the year. Wat Sanghathan is sort of like the village. To go there, take the Orange Chao Phraya Express Boat from bangkok to Nonthabury. Then walk or if you afraid of the rather many dogs there , ask a motorbiketaxi . They took me for free. Be happy.
  • Best place to start your journey for meditation. Maybe not the best place for non-Thai speaker, but keen observers can still learn a lot from the practice.
  • Alot of trees for shades...listening to dharma talks in thai. Meditation training centre where trainee can stay
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  • Beautiful place and good for meditation training