Only worth visiting for meditation purposes
Published/Last edited or updated: 14th January, 2018
Located just off the main highway, some 35 kms east of Mae Hong Son on the road to Sopong, and set in extensive parkland, is the forest temple and Vipassana meditation centre, Wat Tham Wua.
Most visitors we’ve talked to seem to leave impressed, if not enlightened. Regulations follow pretty much standard Buddhist temple ones though they can appear strict to the uninitiated and it’s certainly not for everybody. These include 05:00 wake-ups and 20:30 lights out times and no eating after midday with chores and meditation sessions slotted in throughout the day though free time for relaxation or extra-curricular meditation is also scheduled.
Persons of the opposite sex are only allowed to mix during daylight hours in communal areas, there’s strictly no smoking and food is vegetarian only. Loose fitting white clothes should be worn at all times and the recommended minimum course length is one week.
The gardens are splendid and lay staff members we met were helpful and friendly though the temple buildings themselves, of recent construction, aren’t worth visiting in their own right.
Their website provides further details. The wat lies 1.5 kilometres down an approach road of Highway 1095 close to the village of Ban Mae Sua and any bus or songthaew travelling between Mae Hong Son and Soppong will drop you off or pick you up at ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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