Daen Maha Mongkol Meditation Centre
Daen Maha Mongkol Meditation Centre information
Lonely Planet review
Should you dream of a stress-free world without mobile phones, reality TV and email, then you are in luck. This meditation centre , founded in 1986, is a popular retreat set within well-kept and spacious grounds. Cross the teak bridge over the Mae Nam Khwae Noi to get in, and first pay respects before the wooden Buddha image in the meditation pavilion. About 300 people stay at the centre, most of them permanently. Most are nuns, but there is a separate area for men. There is no charge for visiting or even staying here, but donations are appreciated. Day visitors are welcome, while basic accommodation is available for those who want to stay longer. White shirts and trousers are provided free at the entrance and should be worn.
The centre is off Hwy 323, 12km from the Tiger Temple, and is well signposted. By train, get off at Maha Mongkol station.