Trip Details

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

Trip Itinerary

Weekly 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 centre

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.

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

Trip Accommodation

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations and is located only 280 kilometers Southwest of Bangkok. Hua Hin is where the city meets the sea. Scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches and palm tree-decorated landscapes make up this bustling town!

Accommodation & Food

Our centre 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.

Available Room Types

Standard shared rooms 4 people share on a single-gender basis
Private rooms 1-4 people
Comfort rooms 1-2 people

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 centre, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events
Monday 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 colourful 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, snorkelling 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!

 

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

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.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa