Iyara Hotel

199 Chotana Rd. Changphuak Muang, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
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Thai Temple Stay

by bfb73

I'm in Chiang Mai and I heard about a Temple where you can study Buddhism and become a Monk for 2 weeks. Does anyone know about this?

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by Gillybob

I seem to recall Wat Umong having a Buddhism 'school' on the grounds - but I'm not sure that you can 'become a Monk' for 2 weeks.

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by MD12

I stayed at a temple in Fang (near Chiang Mai) for 2 weeks through an ngo called bloodfoundation.org. They arranged for an English speaking Dhamma teacher and everything else. If you want to live at the temple as a monk and become ordained this definetely is the right place. For me it was a completely new experience, but one I really enjoyed ...

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by khunwilko

you can in theory become a "Monk" for a fortnight at any temple. however you might find the regime and language barriers too much. I suspect that any stay geared for westerners may involve some serious "donations".

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by khunwilko

you can in theory become a "Monk" for a fortnight at any temple. however you might find the regime and language barriers too much. I suspect that any stay geared for westerners may involve some serious "donations".

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by bfb73

I found it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fang-Thailand/Monk-for-a-Month/35067157310

Looks reasonable...

Re: Thai Temple Stay

by MarilynMaicheeMiMi

There are two types as far as i know.

If you talking about meditation- yes there.

But longer like monks, novice=monastry.

Travel Tips for Chiang Mai

Finding Real Eco- Tourism in Thailand Part IV

by allthai

Ask how many persons are going on the trek with you and get it in writing as part of your receipt. Many people are told a small number later to find out there are up to 15 persons going on the trek. If they come to pick you up and there is more than what they wrote on your receipt when you paid for the trek get your money back. Go to the tourist police and file a complaint. If they do not give you a refund just make sure you have the number of persons in your trekking party written in your receipt. 6 persons should be the maximum and the fewer the better and a private trek is best. An eco-culture tour and trekking operator will keep the number of persons visiting a village small. The impact of even 50 visitors a month in a village is devastating and should not be allowed. Some excellent operators take visitor to village only once a week and then no more than 6 persons. They have many villages they can visit so they can take tourists daily to different villages.

3. The ability and willingness of the tour operator to donate some profits to the people in the villages they visit and in helping protect and improve nature and the environment.

There are very few tour and adventure operators in Thailand that are willing to support this belief. The ones that do started their business out of love for nature and the people and wanting to share their experiences with travelers not just for the money. They know the profits will rise once previous clients talk to their friends and others about the wonderful time they had on their holiday. This means more money for the locals and the tour operator. They must work together without exploitation. The relationship that develops between the operator, guides, local people and communities when the tour or trekking company helps them is very important. This means you as a visitor can enjoy something special and richly rewarding instead feeling like of a source of income. You can develop true friendships with the people you meet and enjoy a spectacular natural unspoiled environment. You and your guide will be well respected by everyone you come in contact with. They also know that some of the money you paid for your holiday to visit them goes to help them and the local environment. They know their customs will be respected and their culture and way of life will remain intact.

Good Eco-aware tour operator helps in many ways in Thailand. They buy books and other supplies for local schools. They pay to build schools and pay for teachers to live in the remote villages. They provide blankets and clothing yearly to families and children. They pay for doctors to visit remote villages on a regular basis and provide medicines and money for treatments if needed. Some pay local remote villagers to keep a watch out for poachers in the jungle and rain forest and report any potential problems to local authorities. They also work with local police, park rangers and forest ranges providing funds for rewards when poachers or tree cutters are caught. They pay locals to plant trees where needed and teach the people about waste disposal and hygiene. Build toilet facilities and water wells or water gathering reservoirs in small mountain canyons. They pay for pipes and plumping from the wells and reservoirs to the village. The list goes on and on but the important thing is the tour or trekking operator wants to help.

Read more in Part V

the provincial hall

by call_me_rhia

Sometimes I am glad I'm not too good at reading maps. After having stopped at the three kings monuments I made a mistake and took the wrong turn - here I saw a small stupa, then an entrance to a big building - and so I decided to go have a look. What a wonderful surprise: it was the old provincial hall which had been converted into an Art and Culture Hall. I went inside - there was an exhibit of black and white photos, with no english explanation. The photos were not too imteresting or impressive to me, but the way they had displayed them - very creative, with plenty of silk all about the exhibition halls, was truly spectacular.

Free beer Laos

by traceyspacey

Yes we decided to fly with Laos airlines despite its previous safety record (although it's still the safest way still to travel in Laos). The flight was fine (never have been keen on small planes). Food wasn't bad and free beer Laos. Also saved us spending two days on a boat.

Laos airlines is the only carrier to do this flight. Cost us 88 dollars each.

Gekko Pub & Restaurant

by Cathy&Gary about Gekko Pub & Restaurant

The Gekko Garden Pub was our favorite place to eat in Chiang Mai.

It is Thai owned, the food is so cheap and delicious, and the huge chunky teak furniture is just beautiful.

Another bonus is the happy friendly staff.

The pub is surrounded by greenery, lush plants and water ponds.
From the outside it does not look much but inside its a welcome oasis.

Gekko Garden Pub & Restaurant is on the corner of Sri Donchai Rd and Kamphang Rd - nearly opposite the Imperial Maeping Hotel.

Some of the meals and prices we paid are:

3 x large Changs 119baht
1. Kai Jiew Moo Sap – Fried omelets with minced pork – 39baht
2. En TaiTod – Fried chicken – 49baht
3. Pad Thai Gung – shrimp – 49baht
4.Kung Chup Pang Tod –spicy deep fried shrimp cakes -69baht
5.Som Ta – green papaya salad – 49baht
6. Kung Chup Pang Tod – deep fried shrimp – 69baht

Total for food, 5 spirit drinks and 2 large tigers – 940baht

Moo Tod Kra Teem Prik Thai – stir fried pork with garlic&pepper – 39baht
Pad Thai – stir fried noodles & bean sprouts – 39baht
Tod Mun Pla Kuy –spicy deep fried fish cakes – 59baht
Moo Geeko – spareribs – 69baht.

Cocktails are very cheap as well - Pina Colada – 80baht or a jug 199baht!!
More Chiang Mai Food photos here.,

Jumbo Thrill

by neogary

Took up a i day trek, started with elephant ride, great experience, first time on an elephant, went up and down slopes, through the river and back, and these jumbos can really eat, haha, keep asking for bananas.


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