Wát Suan Mokkhaphalaram

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Surrounded by lush forest, Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram , whose name means ‘the Garden of Liberation’, charges 1500B for a 10-day program that includes food, lodging and instruction (although technically the ‘teaching’ is free). Englishretreats begin on the first day of every month and registration takes place the night before. Founded by Ajan Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, arguably Thailand’s most famous monk, the temple’s philosophical teachings are ecumenical in nature, comprising Zen, Taoist and Christian elements, as well as the traditional Theravada schemata.

The temple is located 7km outside of Chaiya.