Share a Morning with Thai Monks
Spoken in: English, ไทย
(93 reviews) star Off the beaten track Bangkok 1 - 2 watch_later 3 hours
- done Get an inside look at Monks life
- done Explore the residence of Monks
- done Assist in the Collecting of Alms morning ritual
You will be picked up anywhere in: Tha Tian Alley
What you can expect
Have you ever wondered about the hidden and mysterious lives of monks? What do they do during the day? How do they live their lives? What activities and rituals do they perform in their daily routines? Now is your chance to not only take a peek into the hidden lives of monks, but also to participate and build merit as they do.
Come take a stroll in an ancient ritual performed only during the crispy dawn hours, as the rising rays of the morning sun pierces the darkness of the previous night and reveals the new day of spirituality and discovery.
By very special permission of the resident monks, I have been given the chance to provide the rare opportunity to bring a guest (or two) along for the Collecting Alms activity as the monks make their way around the Bangkok temple district collecting food for the day.
You will have the opportunity to assist first hand in the Collecting Alms process by performing the duties of a "temple boy," and will also get the opportunity to share in the morning meal with the monks.
Space is extremely limited so join us for a morning of magic and mystery and make your trip to Thailand an unforgettable one.
What should I wear?
You can wear any casual polite clothing that covers your shoulders and your legs below the knees. A simple tshirt or collared shirt is recommended. A long(er) pair of shorts is recommended as pants may be too restrictive (and sweaty). You will be walking short distances so comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
How should I get to the meeting point?
(1) Hotel Pickup - If you are staying in the city center area, please let me know what hotel you are staying at and i can pick you up at your hotel at 0500.
(2) Meetup Point - If you are not staying in the city center, the meetup point is the Tha Tian Ferry Building, at the corner of the intersection of the Grand Palace and Wat Po.
It is highly recommended for you to tell me the hotel that you are staying at for a personal pickup (in the city center).
If you are not staying in the city center area, please schedule a taxi with your hotel/hostel so that they can provide you with a wake up call and ready transportation so early in the morning. To arrive at 05:00am, it is recommended for you leave before hand, around 04:30am depending on your distance from the meeting point.
What if I arrive late?
We will make every effort to provide to you as much of the activities within the remaining allotted time, but i can NOT provide any "make up" time as this activity is heavily time sensitive. Please take this as a warning and as an encouragement to prepare your mind, spirit and body the night before and come with an open mind and an open heart.
Things you should be aware of:
- This activity is limited to a private group of 1 or 2 guests. If your group is bigger then please contact me about your situation.
- You are a guest of the monks and of the temple, and of their living space. Please be respectful and mindful of your conduct accordingly. You do not need to be particularly buddhist or religious or spiritual but we do ask that you are courteous in your conduct. Assistance will be provided for your convenience.
- All guests (male & female) may participate with the Collecting Alms activity.
- This activity begins at 05:00am in the morning. Please be mindful of the early start time and access your dedication to the rare opportunity. Please get plenty of rest the night before, stay hydrated and bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. Once the activity begins, you (and your body) will awaken very quickly to a refreshing and spiritual journey.
- This activity involves walking for small distances and carrying light loads (of food and water).
- This experience will conclude 30mins early (0730) to offer a Breakfast option, which will include the food that is collected during the Collecting of Alms activity.
You will have up to 3 options:
- eat the leftovers from the monks (default option)
- eat at a local vendor (if available)
- return to your hotel to eat breakfast there
As the monks can NOT make requests during the collection process, the variety of food can vary greatly by what the community offers. I can NOT fully guarantee being able to accommodate for all dietary preferences, as the spread can be quite random. Perhaps, if your dietary preferences are NOT made by physiological necessity, you may consider making an exception for the opportunity, or forgiving us for our inability to fully provide for your needs.
- In the event that there is a special holiday/celebration/festival/event/circumstance, the itinerary is subject to change due to availability. We will make every effort to provide to your satisfaction, an experience equal to the the activities originally offered above.
If you have any questions, you are always free to reach out! Looking forward to meeting you for this unique, spiritual journey!
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