Wat Pah Nanachat in Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani province, in Thailand is one place Buddhists should stop if in the area.
When I first arrived in Thailand I spent a couple of months in Phuket and left 2 days before The Boxing Day Tsunami hit – for Wat Pah Buddhist temple in Ubon. I met with the guest monk, the abbot, and was asked to spend some time there – if I wanted. I stayed overnight and then headed out the next morning. The grounds are peaceful and vast.
On a subsequent visit I had a tour by a monk from the UK that was leaving the monkhood after 3 years. He had done what was required for the years and he said it profoundly affected who he was. He was a rather bad dude in the UK apparently before he left. Anyway, we met because of a mutual friend and he gave my wife and I a tour of Wat Pah from an insider’s perspective. That was a couple of years back, and I took some photos – but they’re on hard drives buried in a box. These photos are from our recent trip there.
Wat Pah Nanachat is as beautiful as ever. There are many foreign monks ordained there, and some more people in white (laypersons) from all over the globe. When I was there and staying, I met people from Japan, Malaysia, UK, USA, Australia, and more.
If you like you can probably stay for a couple days, or weeks – if they have room and if you’re invited by the abbot or guest monk to stay.
A more beautiful Buddhist temple – you’re not likely to find… unless you prefer the garish temples of Bangkok instead.
Want more information on Wat Pah Nanachat? Here is a link to my first article about the place – with more photos and a link at the end of the article to a description of taking part in a retreat there – if you like.
Wat Pah Nanachat in Warin Chamrap, Thailand – more info.