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Frequently asked questions

About the course

The Foundation course is around 21 days.Give extra 4-5 days to adjust to the practice.

Also available between 5-10 days for those with limited time.

Practice as many sessions as you can from waking up until going bed. As a duty of the meditator, your job is to contemplate/ note the feelings and sensations that arises/cease, stay and observe in the present. Remember your purpose. Be open-minded and ready to put in the effort to learn from practicing. 

Advanced retreat for recurring students (10-14 days).

Practice Method

Insight Meditation based on the  4 Foundations of Mindfulness

(Satipatthana 4) Lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw with additional techniques from the monastery.

Housing

If I am travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Couples are not allowed to stay together. If found in the same room, you will be evicted immediately. If you are unable to stay alone, notify the reservation office for special consideration by case. 

What are the costs for the stay?

Our policy do not have fixed charge per person/day for fan room.

To donate, put your money into a white envelope with your name and drop it into the donation box at the reservation office, or ask for the temple official receipt from the lady staff next door. The monastery does not force you to make donation, but your contribution supports the meditation program. To offer dana for the instructor or staff, please be specific (name) and offer them directly.

The participant may choose the type of room out of free will.

How important is the air-conditioned room for the meditators?

The weather in Thailand from April to July has an average temperature of 35-40 degrees Celsius (95-104 Fahrenheit). Travellers from cooler countries may not be aclimated to the hot and humid climate. It may take a few days to adjust. The center offers the AC option for those interested. 

Can I change rooms in between the program?

Ask permission from the reservation staff. Try not to change rooms unless necessary.

Why do I have to wear white clothes?

The white clothes help distinguish meditators from the tourists. it symbolizes purity/cleanliness. You have to be mindful or else your clothes get dirty easily. Ease your mind, every laymen and laywomen wears the same colour, no comparing fashion, brand, price, just keep it simple.

What are the fees for the course?

There are no fixed price. The temple does not force you to make a donation, you only donate what you feel reasonable out of good intention and good will. The temple does have expenses to trying to strive month by month.

What can I do to help out the monastery?

Write a review based on your experience in travel websites and in google maps to help others learn from your experience at the Wat Chomtong.

Do I need to make a reservation online?

Do you accept walk-ins?

Please make a reservation online, this would helpful if the staff knows ahead of time before your arrival.

On arrival day, the staff will show you the area around the meditation center.

We accept walk-ins, please arrive between 8:00-10:00 and 13:00-14:00.

Contact/ Getting here

Joining us

Make reservations online through email. Or

WhatsApp: (+66) 0819966644 (english assistance)

Arrive during office hours from 8:00am. to 10:30am.

1:00pm. to 4:00pm.

​​info@watchomtong.com (english assistance)

Tel.053-342-184-extend 11 (Thai ภาษาไทย)

Transportation Options

1.Airport taxi from Chiang Mai International Airport to Wat Phrathat Si Chomtong 1000-1200 Thai Baht.(1-hour) or

Grab Taxi (800)

2.Blue bus from South Gate `(Chiang Mai) or Chang Peuak bus station (Available every hour from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. ) 3.Yellow songtaew (also from Chiang Mai Gate).

Leave at 1:00P.M. to arrive on time. 

*Blue Bus and Yellow Song-taew takes 1.45- 2 hours.

Cost: 60 baht

From Bangkok, buses go directly from Mochit 2 new bus terminal, Bangkok, to Watchomtong every evening.

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