Wat Pah Nanachat

Home to meditating farangs

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Like Wat Nong Pa Pong, this international wat was also built by the Venerable Ajarn Chah along with his American disciple to provide English speakers with an opportunity to practise the forest tradition of Buddhism, a "back to the roots" model that emphas

English is the primary spoken language of the wat, although most foreign monks speak Thai and are highly respected by all monks. With advanced written permission, lay people may stay for periods of time, which is popular for Westerners wanting to practise meditation -- though some prior experience is necessary. Both men and women are welcome, but men will be expected to shave their heads after three days and the sexes are strictly segregated.

If coming for a visit, it’s advised to come early to join the 08:00 meal, where you will have an opportunity to speak with the head monk afterwards. The wat is vaguely signposted off the road to Si Saket, so the easiest way to get there is to hop on a Si Saket bus and hop off at the village of Ban Bung Wai -- the wat compound can be seen about 100 metres back from the right hand side of the road; look for the white walls housing an inordinate number of trees.

For detailed information on how to become a guest read the "staying" section of their website.

More details
Enroute to Si Saket
http://www.watpahnanachat.org/
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 - 18:00
Last updated: 14th September, 2012

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