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My Stay in a Buddhist Temple In Thailand

Spending a few days in a Buddhist temple during my Thailand trip was for me one of the best experiences in the country. Living in a Thai monastery means leaving your old world in exchange for a new one. Here, no cell phone, no computer, no music and we talk only when absolutely necessary. 

So, whether you are currently traveling in Thailand in search of an unforgettable experience to live, or at home trying to plan your trip and you are looking for a place to practice or perfect meditation, I would strongly suggest you to make a detour by the Buddhist temple Nanachat .
The last stage of my journey in South Asia was Thailand. Who said last stage also said " limited budget ". I had still not managed badly so far. Four months ago I was only 210 euros, and I managed to oversteer through odd jobs that I found, here and there. One of these jobs was in Thailand for tourist guide in the jungle Bang Kra Jao, near Bangkok. Funny enough knowing myself I was a tourist. 
But now, if I wanted to enjoy my trip, I could not stay in one place forever. 

As luck would have it, I met a traveler from New Zealanders torque, Earl and Lucy, with whom I shared the same dormitory in a hostel in the city. They were returning from the Buddhist temple Nanachat , located in the northeast of Thailand. These travelers fondly explain how it was an enriching experience. 

This still holds my attention is when I learned that you can stay for free and the food is free too! Three days later, I decided to take a train to Ubon Ratchathani (which is in the northeast of Thailand) to go in this Buddhist templeIt’s hard to admit, but from my first motivation was to find something that binds experience and good plan. Despite that I can find this very rewarding experience, I could not see that the free tip side due to my financial situation.


After traveling by train all night, I get to Ubon.Unfortunately, I learned what to write to the monastery (by mail because it does not use the internet .... Logic) to alert them we arrived and await their response.
Shit, I had not expected that!
So I write them a letter in English and tell them about my story and I met Earl and Lucy.
It is already very late, so I decided to spend the pennies I still in a seedy hotel in the city. This will allow me the same time to enter the address of the hotel as a response to my letter address. Four days later I received a reply inviting me to come whenever I want. Quoting the couple had probably played in my favor? 

That morning I decided to go to the monastery of Wat Pah Nanachat with a tuk-tuk (motorized tricycle taxi that serves Thailand).
 It was the cheapest way to get there.


Arriving in this Buddhist time, I quickly realized that I exchanged my day’s distractions against something more spiritual

Here, no full moon party, or people who will ask you for a massage boom, for a ping pong show or other tourist Attraction on my
A long cleanly swept path leading to the monastery, the sound of animals accompanied my steps during those minutes’ walk to this temple. What struck me the most was arrested mostly what I could not hear the noise of cars and tuk-tuk. This sound change was more than welcome.
Arriving at the temple I was received by a monk who was responsible for welcoming newcomers. After an interesting conversation he explained the codes of conduct to be adopted in place.


1.    Refrain from intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2.    Not to take anything that is not given.
3.    Abstain from sexual activity.
4.    Refrain from abusive or malicious speech.
5.    Refrain from alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.


·         Refrain from eating after noon. There is only one meal a day. This frees up time for meditation and enhances the simplicity of life.
·         no music, no cell phone, no games, no distracting book, no jewelry or other devices and can only be discussed when it is really needed. This helps to focus attention.
·         Refrain from using a bed to sleep. This develops the qualities of awareness and awakening, it also helps keep the clear focus in all positions and in all activities throughout the day.

He reassured me right after saying that I must not like me to me if I made ​​some mistakes, no one here would want me because I'm new. What a relief to know that! He then led me to where I had to spend my next few nights, dormitory guests. 
The place was very simple, nothing artificial, a mattress on the floor was a bed of office, a flashlight and a towel toilet. The monk gave me a white set I had to wear for the duration of my stay before asking me to follow him outside.


I arrived in this monastery during free time of day that is between 10h and 16h. During this time you can take the opportunity to meditate, do some reading or yoga, or even a nap. So I took the opportunity to visit places alone. I noticed during my visit, huts on stilts which were inhabited by monks living in the temple for many years. I was amazed that these cabins were not larger than a bathroom. I knew these people were living very simply, but it was still impressive to see it in real life. To 16h is the Nam pana , a daily break or tea is served and the rules of life are eased. I also want to drink tea in the company of a German monk who takes me a few jokes. I felt more comfortable after that because it broke some preconceptions I had about the monks.


At 18h I head along with the other monks to a large room for chanting . 
The chanting is to chant sung so the Buddha's teachings in Pali , which is the ancient language spoken in India. 
Being the member most recent community, I would find myself at the back of the group of monks. When the ceremony begins, I pick up a book lying next to me, which is supposed to help new arrivals to the chanting, and begins to sing...? I assure you, with the best will in the world I have not managed to sing just once. Fortunately my gibberish drowned in the singing of others.

Around 18:30 everyone begins to meditate and I feel even more stupid than during the chanting. I knew the concept of meditation, but that was it actually do? Concentrating on my breathing as I could see on TV? 

I was not in danger or anything so it was forbidden to speak that night so I remained without answer my questions about the subject. 

So I settle myself in meditation position and close my eyes. Instinctively, I began to reflect on the reasons for my coming to these places.I see pictures of my journey through Vietnam and Laos. I see scroll in my mind all these wonderful people that I met during the road of Alex globetrotter who push me from traveling to New Zealand couple who told me of the Buddhist temple where I am now. 

I also think of my friends, and my parents...


To 21h I head to my dorm. I sleep with a lot of doubts and questions. I wonder if I did well to come to these places. I wanted to live a whole lot of new experiences, but maybe some just were not made for everyone?