• Salawat of a Thai temple
    Buddhism,  Travel

    What to Expect When You Visit a Thai Buddhist Temple

    The first thing to expect when you visit a Thai Buddhist temple (wat) are lots of buildings. Temples actually consist of several different structures. Remember, an active temple houses Buddhist monks. This is where they live. That’s why you will find a place to sleep and eat in addition to the area for prayer. There will also be important elements used in the landscaping that include statues, corner stones, and sacred trees. The three biggest structures are the ordination hall, the sermon hall, and either a chedi or prang. You can think of a temple as being divided in two: the Phuttawat and Sanghawat. The Phuttawat is the area dedicated…

  • Somdet Phra Srina Karinda Park, Roi Et
    Travel

    Ten Things to Do in Roi Et Province, Thailand

    Roi Et is a province in northeastern (Isan) Thailand. It is named after the capital city. The Isan region is the country’s most populous region. However, it is the least visited by tourists. This is my wife’s, Ping Ping, home in Thailand. Thus, I’m so excited to share with you ten things to do in Roi Et province. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   1. Wat Burapha Phiram Roi Et is known for having Thailand’s tallest standing Buddha. It’s also the second tallest Buddha overall behind only The Big…

  • Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok
    Buddhism,  Travel

    Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok

    The first thing noticed about Wat Phra Si Mahathat when looking at a map is the man-made canals that look like two arms reaching out. Of course, this is only noticeable on the map or from the sky. The temple has a park setting which is very relaxing. My wife and I enjoyed strolling around and looking at everything. Sacred fig trees on each side of the site stand with Buddha underneath. An umbrella sits atop his head which represents enlightenment. Cannonball fruit trees stand here also, another important tree in Theravada Buddhism. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we…

  • How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple
    Buddhism

    How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple

    Whether a Buddhist or not, all can show respect, pray, and make an offering at the temples of Thailand. However, bear in mind not all temples are the same. Contrary to popular belief different temples can have different meanings. There are temples devoted to the Queen, to the city of Bangkok, to those who have passed over, and more. Because of this there may be slight differences in how you make an offering and the praying. Generally speaking though, the offering consists of the same items….candle, flower, and incense. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at…

  • Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip, Roi Et, Thailand
    Travel

    Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip in Roi Et, Thailand

    Wat Pha Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram appears in the northeastern Thailand (Isaan) countryside seemingly out of nowhere. The journey here is scarce by tourists. The wat is located in the eastern part of the Roi Et province. The temple sits atop a hill. Surrounding below are rural villages and forests. The site contains one of Thailand’s largest chedis, Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon. This chedi stands in the center with eight smaller chedis placed in each direction. The site is vast with lots to explore. Wat Pha Nam Thip is a must see if you plan to travel in Roi Et. You may also want to visit nearby Waterfall Cave Soda.…