For those of you bored out of the hustle and bustle of city life and on the pursuit of Nirvana, Thailand is the place to go! A trip to Thailand is a great way to explore monasteries while learning more about Buddhism. The country is the focal point of Buddhism and hence is home to dozens of beautiful and tranquil temples and monasteries. Today, we have narrowed down a list of the 7 best monasteries in Thailand that are worth visiting on your Thai holiday.

7 Enlightening Monasteries In Thailand

Here is a list of 7 pristine monasteries that aren’t just architecturally beautiful, but also help bring you closer to the many divine beliefs of Buddhism. Be sure to visit these monasteries in Thailand, on your next visit to the country.

1. Wat Sriboonruang

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Be a part of discussions on the many principles of Buddhism, learn Vipassana or simply go visit the Wat Sriboonruang International temple that was built with the traveler in mind, as a kind of bridge to gap the traditional teachings of Buddhism and the visitors. This monastery was once a deserted temple that is believed to have been built some time in B.E 2100-2120. It is a medium sized shrine that is situated right in the middle of a community known among locals as Ban Longganisa. An inscription on one of the Buddha statue’s base suggests that the temple is at least 500 years old and that it was once known as Wat Phra Kaew. This monastery offers multi-week programs that include temple stays, meditation, and seminars. Plan a stay at Chiang mai temple and reconnect with your inner-self!

Location: Sansai, Fang, Chiang Mai 50110, Thailand
Timings: 5.30 am–8:30 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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2. Wat Marp Jan

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A Thai forest monastery established nearly 3 decades ago by the current Abbot, Wat Marp Jan is located in the heart of the National Forest in Rayong. This is a great place to explore the life of a monk from the outside, rather than having to be one yourself. This Buddhist monument is built based on Mahayana and Theravada architecture and serves as a symbol of harmony between the many different branches of the religion. This one of its kind monastery, is the 73rd branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong and hosts a number of festivals and events all year round.

Location: 8/1 Moo 7, แกลง, เมือง, Rayong 21160, Thailand
Timings: 6 am–12 pm; 3 pm–6 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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3. Wat Suan Mokkh

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The Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage is yet another Buddhist monastery in Thailand that offers 10-day long meditation retreats to discerning visitors from across the globe. The retreat lays focus and importance on the concepts of breathing and mindfulness. Wat Suan Mokkh runs classes to teach its guests the basic principles of the Noble Eightfold Path. The retreat also provides a free overnight accommodation for any visitors who may arrive at the temple a day early.

Location: 68/1 Asia Lamet Tambon Lamet, Amphoe Chaiya, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84150, Thailand
Timings: 8 am – 5 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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4. Wat Pah Nanachat

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Wat Pah Nanachat is a Thailand monastery located in the dense forests of Theravada. This forest monastery Thailand was established in the year 1975 by Ven.Ajahn Chah. It follows the teachings of the Dhamma-Vinaya (a simple and peaceful lifestyle) and also renders interested visitors who do not know the basics of Buddhism – a sample of monastic training. Be prepared to wake up at 3 am during your stay at Wat Pah Nanachat.

Location: Bung Wai, Warin Chamrap District, Ubon Ratchathani 34310, Thailand
Timings: 5.30 am–6 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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5. Wat Mahathat

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Wat Mahathat also referred to as the ‘Temple of Relics’ is one of the many popular monasteries in Thailand in Ayutthaya. This ancient temple is believed to be founded way back in the 13th century, even before Bangkok was founded. It was built to house a relic of Lord Buddha. The main Chedi of the temple is built over the Sukhothai character, and has the shape of a lotus bud and is presumed to have once contained the relics of Lord Buddha. As soon as you enter the temple, you will be greeted by two grand sculptures of Buddha. There are 8 smaller chedis that hold 28 images of Buddha. This Ayutthaya temple Thailand, offers a number of Vipassana meditation programs in both Thai and English. You may also have your fortune read inside this beautiful temple. If you visit the Wat on a Sunday be sure to spare some time to walk through the Sunday amulet market where you can buy yourself talismans, charms, and even traditional medicine!

Address: Tha Wa Su Kri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: There is a fee of 50 Baht (1.30 USD) to enter the grounds of Wat Mahathat. The temple is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm every day.

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6. Wat Arun

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Wat Arun is one of the oldest monasteries in Thailand. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun towers over the beautiful skyline and stretches along the River Chao Phraya. Several hundred tourists visit this magnificent monastery. If time permits, pay Wat Arun a visit during night to see it all lit up at its glorious best. The monastery a true spectacle owing to its location by the river. The monastery has an imposing spire that stands over 70 meters high and is adorned with tiny shards of Chinese porcelain, and colored glass. This monastery is not just an architectural beauty, but also is a place of worship. So, pay heed to what you wear when you head out to this Buddhist temple retreat Thailand.

Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Timings: 8.30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: Entry to the temple is 100 Baht

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7. Wat Chiang Man

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Of course, beautiful monasteries are a dime a dozen in Thailand. But, no visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to Wat Chiang Man. This temple once serves as the home of King Mengrai – the city’s founder during the 13th century. The monastery is a feast to the eyes from every angle. Its old crumbling pagoda gives tourists an insight into the rich history and culture of Wat Chiang Man. The newer temple hall on the contrary is a great example of traditional Lanna architecture. The monastery is easy to access from anywhere in the city and its 700-year old Chedi that is surrounded with elephants is a true spectacle. South of this impressive Chedi, is the temple’s library. It has a red balcony with a raised white base erected to protect the Buddhist manuscripts.

Location: 171 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Timings: 8 am – 5 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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Even a short stay at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand is a rejuvenating and an eye-opening experience. Hence, make sure to sign up for a short disclosure at one of the monasteries that teach the lessons that Buddha imparted nearly 2000 years ago on your next holiday in Thailand.

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