Where to find inner peace when living in Thailand
Experiencing Thailand means you have to experience Thai Buddhism – the religion, culture and spiritualism that makes the country the peaceful, relaxing place it is known to be. Buddhism is about controlling our behaviour, cultivating the mind, developing compassion and being content and at peace with ourselves, all through acceptance. Meditation and visiting temples is at the heart of Thai life, so if you’re thinking about moving to Thailand and want to experience true Thai culture, make sure you stop by these top 5 most spiritual places in Thailand.
Wat Pho, Bangkok
Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple, and is home to the giant Buddha statue giving it the name ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. Despite containing Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha statues, Wat Pho is quieter in terms of tourists compared to the popular Grand Palace which is located nearby. Thai massage lessons are held inside the temple grounds here too, which is one of the most sacred practices in Thailand. It is a holy place of worship and one of the most spiritual places in the country.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
One of the most spiritual places in the whole of Thailand is the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. There is a legend behind the shrine, stating that the King entrusted a white elephant with a magical relic necessary for the temple to be built. People followed the elephant up to the Doi Suthep Mountain and the exact place where the elephant died marked the spot where the temple had to be built on. Whether the legend is true or not remains a mystery, but nevertheless Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the most beautiful and mystical shrines in Thailand.
Dragon Cave, Phang Nga
Dragon Cave is said to be a safe-haven for visitors fighting cancer and HIV. Located in the mountains, the cave features meditation chambers where monks show visitors the Buddhist way of meditation including mantra singing. The Dragon Cave is reputed to have healing powers and you can see monks preparing herbal teas for medicinal purposes for their visitors. With dramatic stalagmites and stalactites throughout, you can be sure to experience true stillness, peace and tranquillity in one of the most spiritual cave temples in Thailand.
Wat Tham Suea – Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi
This temple is located just outside of Krabi in Southern Thailand. Located on top of a hill, visitors must climb 1237 steps to reach it. The jungle staircase is surrounded by mischievous monkeys and hidden shrines and when you reach the top you are greeted with a glorious golden Buddha and breathtaking views. Legend suggests that a huge tiger used to live and roam around the cave. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the province and is well known for its tiger paw prints in the cave and tall flight of stairs.
Doi Inthanon, Ban Luang
If hiking and trekking are on your list of things to do while in search of spiritual places in Thailand, then Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak should be on your list. Doi Inthanon is a great way to experience the nature in Thailand and escape from the hectic cities. As the gateway to the Himalayas, there is a little something for all nature lovers in the National Park with King and Queen Stupas and waterfalls. With the fresh, chilly air on the top of the mountain allowing you to breathe deep and relax while admiring the vistas surrounding you, it is easily one of the most peaceful places in Thailand. Taking a trip out of the hustle and bustle of the cities to this spiritual mountain could do your inner peace the world of good.