Monk Chat

If you're curious about Buddhism, many Chiang Mai temples offer popular Monk Chat sessions, where novice monks get to practise their English and tourists get to find out about the inner workings of monastery life. It's a fascinating opportunity to discover a little more about the rituals and customs that most Thai men undertake for at least a small portion of their lives. Remember to dress modestly as a sign of respect: cover your shoulders and knees. Because of ritual taboos, women should take care not to touch the monks or their belongings, or to pass anything directly to them.

Wat Suan Dok Has a dedicated room for Monk Chats from 5pm to 7pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Wat Srisuphan Holds its sessions from 5.30pm to 7pm just before a meditation course.

Wat Chedi Luang Has a table under a shady tree where monks chat from 9am to 6pm daily.

Wat Pha Khao Holds a low-key session from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.