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Retreats in Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok

Introductory course to meditation and Thai Buddhist culture including chanting and alms giving.
They begin at 2 pm on Tuesdays returning at 2 pm the following day.  On the last week of the month participants return Friday. Courses are sometimes cancelled so check the schedule on the web.  The course fee is 500 baht plus donation (1000 baht for 4-day course).  Participants need to wear white clothes, available at 300 baht.

Wat Doi Suthep  International Buddhist Meditation Center
Offering a variety of Vipassana (insight) meditation courses for beginners and experienced students. There are 4, 5, 7, 10, 14 and 21-day courses.  Registration must be made in advance and are often full.  All courses are run by donation.
Tel: 053-295012

Wat Rampoeng Northern Insight Meditation Center
Disciplined Vipassana courses (with a rule of no food after noon and respectful silence) Taught by Thai monks with translators. The basic course is 26 days but the meditation practice can be “tried out” for ten days with special permission.  By donation.
Tel: 053 278620

Wat Chom Thong Insight Meditation Center
Located in center of the town of Chom Thong 58 kilometers south of Chiang Mai it is the center of the Northern Insight Meditation School developed by the well-known Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo.  Offers 4 to 21-day Vipassana (insight) meditation courses taught in English and Thai and some European languages as well.  The meditation teachers at Wat Ram Poeung and Wat Doi Suthep are all students of Phra Tong.
By donation.

Tel: 053-826-869
e-mail :

Wat Tham Wua Vipassana Center
A forest monastery about 35km from Mae Hong Son town on the way coming from Pai. Meditators are welcome to come anytime and follow the daily program run by the abbot Ajahn Luangta. Reservations are not taken–just come and practice. It is suggested to stay at least three days.

See more about Wat Tham Wua on:

Vipassana Retreats NS Goenka:
Ten-day Goenka Vipassana retreats are held on a regularly scheduled basis in Pasang, a district in Lamphun province about an hour from Chiang Mai.  These retreats are quite popular and are often full.  The very same retreats are offered at Goenka centers all over the world.  They are more strict than most of the other retreats.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Saranrat Tanthiptham permalink
    November 20, 2011 9:03 am

    Dear Sirs,

    I am very much interested in the program in Chiangmai and hoping that I can be part of the retreat. Could you please give me this oportunity to join this good thing?
    Yours Sincerely,
    Saranrat T.

  2. namo permalink
    January 4, 2012 3:24 pm

    I want to paticipate the program once time in my life before March. I’m really interested. So hoping that there is a program before. Please tell me:D when I can go…

  3. January 18, 2017 2:27 am

    Wat Suan Dok also offer a free one day meditation course every Friday. Highly recommended.

  4. sarmad salahuddin permalink
    July 25, 2019 6:43 pm

    Where can i find free introductory sessions by retreats??

    • July 27, 2019 12:15 pm

      You can go to “Monk Chat” at Wat Suan Dok and speak with the people there. The retreat is an introduction in itself.

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