Wat Nong Pa Pong

A forest wat not to be missed

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What we say: 4 stars

Located 12 kilometres south of Ubon in Warin Chamrap district, this peaceful forest wat was founded by the Venerable Ajarn Chah.

Once an abandoned temple, Ajarn Chah initiated a project to turn it into a meditation site until it became an official monastery in 1954. The atmosphere is unlike typical Thai wats; the extensive grounds are so peaceful that it’s easy for even the least spiritual of people to lose hours wandering around the grounds in relaxed tranquility.

A small museum on site is dedicated to Ajarn Chah and contains a large chedi of his cremated ashes. The densely wooded setting has become a place of interest for meditating farangs. It's possible to stay overnight as a lay guest, but be prepared of course to abide by the lifestyle of a monk or nun.

To get there, catch a number 3 songtheaw southbound which will either terminate just before the turn-off or else continue on past it. From the turn-off you will need to walk or hitch to the temple entrance.

More details
Warin Chamrap District
http://www.watnongpahpong.org
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-16:30
Last updated: 14th September, 2012

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